Tuesday, 9 November 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Pax Britannia: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus - Jonathan Green

Release Date: 11/11/10


Ulysses Quicksilver, dandy, adventurer and agent of the throne. A steam-punk hero on a dark alternative universe where Queen Victoria has ruled for 160 years, sinister powers plot against the

British Empire and dinosaurs roam the Challenger enclosure at London Zoo. This is the world of Magna Britannia, a brave new age of steam populated by heroes and villains, monsters and grotesques.

Volume 1 in this series collect together the first three Ulysses Quicksilver novels: Unnatural History Leviathan Rising and Human Nature.


Having been a fan from the beginning of this quirky character, I really couldn’t help but rediscover the joy of this dashing dandy of a secret agent in Steampunk Victoriana glory. After all that’s what this title is all about and to be honest whilst some may not be the biggest fan of this literary hero, he’s got a hell of a lot to offer the modern reader in a similar sort of way that Moore brought when he did his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to the screen.

Add to the mix that this is an omnibus and you know that it has value for money built in. It’s an ideal stocking filler if you love action and when backed with a hero that readers will just love to hang out with alongside the full extent of everything from Darwinism gone wrong, a touch of reanimator and a whole host of interesting supporting cast and it really is a spiffy read.

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