Good Reading : May 2015
GOOD READING MAY 2015 47 Twilight of the Celts Book 3: The Ice King MKHume Following the tale of Arthur – son of Artor, the High King of the Britons – M K Hume’s The Ice King creates a brutal and terrifying world and a rich tapestry of histor ical fantasy. What is particularly interesting and engaging about this novel is the way in which Hume, a Queensland-based retired academic, depicts Arthur’s journey through the Land of the Denes and his part in the war against the Geats. She flirts with legends such as that of Beowulf, and it was a welcome surprise to find mention of them. What stands out in Hume’s writing are the battle scenes and the description of tactics that Arthur learned from the Romans and how he applied them in a northern war of ice and snow. The best example is the shield wall deployed by Arthur’s forces, in which they overlap shields as the Romans did. The way in which these tactics were taught to warriors belonging to a culture of individualistic combat was well written. Hume has told the tale of a near-flawless man who is the embodiment of intellect in the face of individualistic war. But Arthur is devoid of fault in a way that makes it difficult to empathise with him. Overall, I highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader and those who enjoy good description of battle tactics and war. ★★★★ Headline $29.99 Reviewed by Stephen Holmes Captive Prince and Prince’s Gambit C S Pacat These two adult fantasy novels – the first two books in a trilogy – contain romance, explicit brutality, paedophilia and political intrigue within a primar ily gay and lesbian society. The main characters are Prince Laurent; his slave, Damen (a man he would kill if he knew his true identity); and his uncle, the Regent. The graphic scenes and explicit sexual servitude are confronting but intriguing. Prince Laurent of Vere is not yet 21 and so is subject to the rule of the Regent – who wants him dead. Prince Damianos of Akielos (aka Damen) has been deceived by his stepbrother, Kastor, and now finds himself a slave in the strange and brutal society of his enemy. Gifted to Prince Laurent, the younger brother of Prince Augustus who Damen killed in battle, he finds himself in a role of servitude rather than privilege and must keep his real identity secret. No-one and nothing is as it seems.You begin to realise that Prince Laurent is always three steps ahead – or is he? Does romance develop between prince and slave, or is that an illusion too? Originally written as a ser ial on the internet for an online community, the online version, which was released last year, is apparently different from the book. It was Amazon’s bestseller in Gay and Lesbian Fiction within one week of self-publication, and C S Pacat has now become a breakout international success whose work is being published in several languages. ★★★ RG Viking $19.99 each Reviewed by Lynette Maguire SCI-FI / FANTASY WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR Captive Prince and C S Pacat Tbooks in a trilogy – contain romance, explicit brutality, paedophilia and political intrigue within a primarily gay and lesbian society. Prince Laurent; his slave, Damen (a man he would kill if he knew his true identity); and his uncle, the Regent. The graphic scenes and explicit sexual servitude are confronting but intriguing. intrigue within a primarily Twilight of the Celts Book 3: The Ice King MKHume Fthe High King of the Britons – M K Hume’s The Ice King brutal and terrifying world and a rich tapestry About M K Hume M K Hume turned to writing at the age of 60 after she was dismissed from her teaching job as ‘past her use-by date’. Since her first novel was released in 2009, she’s written nine books at breakneck speed.