Simon R. Green is the New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Histories Novels, the Novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series, and the Deathstalker series.
Some 200 years after the legendary Owen Deathstalker's sacrifice secured the safety of humanity, the Empire enters a new age of prosperity marred only by rebellion from fringe elements such as the Esper Liberation Force (ELF). When a new king, Douglas Campbell, appoints his friend Lewis Deathstalker, descendant of Owen, as King's Champion, he does not anticipate trouble from a jealous adviser or treason from within his own household. As the Empire's peace threatens to dissolve, a long-prophesied threat known only as the Terror becomes a horrifying reality, and the King's Champion finds himself at odds with the man he has sworn to serve. Green's latest addition to his "Deathstalker" series launches a new tale of men and women caught in a tangled tapestry of intrigue, forbidden passion, and high adventure in a space opera filled with swashbuckling adventure that belongs in most sf collections. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Bestseller Green, author of the Deathstalker series (Deathstalker War, etc.), which concluded with Owen Deathstalker and his ragtag comrades defeating the evil Empress Lionstone, presents a swashbuckling sequel, in which Owen's descendant Lewis is dragged unwillingly into emulating his ancestor's desperate heroism. Lewis just wants to be a good Paragon (a kind of high-tech supercop/knight) and faithfully serve his best friend, King Douglas. Unfortunately, Lewis and the king's intended bride fall hopelessly in love. Even more unfortunately, as if there weren't enough monstrously subversive groups plotting against the throne from outside the court, Lewis's jealous rival, Finn, who has a perfect Paragon's surface but a brilliant sociopath's soul, succeeds in discrediting Lewis and throwing the government into disarray. And then the planet-scouring Terror erupts from another dimension. As is in a lot of space opera, the plot doesn't withstand close scrutiny, but this hardly matters as the narrative rushes from one dramatic set piece to the next. If the characterization seems just a shade above comic-book complexity, Green uses echoes of the somber King Arthur legend to lend extra weight. At the end, when Lewis sets off on his heroic quest to locate the original Deathstalker, accompanied by an outrageously diverse band of cohorts, the prospect of another long series of long novels actually sounds like fun. (Jan. 7) FYI: The original Deathstalker series, which included five novels and a collection of short stories, was published in mass-market paperback.
"An over-the-top masterpiece that veers between brutal comedy and touching riffs on love, loyalty, and betrayal...bloody funny and extremely bloody." Good fun in Green's best gory style. ("Locus") Dastardly villains, exciting battles, nefarious plots, and strong willed heroes. ("Chronicle") "Rip-roaring space opera with dastardly villains, exciting battles, nefarious plots, and strong willed heroes."--Chronicle "A tangled tapestry of intrigue, hidden passion, and high adventure in a space opera filled with swashbuckling adventure."--Library Journal "Good fun in Green's best gory style."--Locus -Rip-roaring space opera with dastardly villains, exciting battles, nefarious plots, and strong willed heroes.---Chronicle -A tangled tapestry of intrigue, hidden passion, and high adventure in a space opera filled with swashbuckling adventure.---Library Journal -Good fun in Green's best gory style.---Locus Rip-roaring space opera with dastardly villains, exciting battles, nefarious plots, and strong willed heroes. Chronicle A tangled tapestry of intrigue, hidden passion, and high adventure in a space opera filled with swashbuckling adventure. Library Journal Good fun in Green s best gory style. Locus"