Charles St. Cyprian is a royally appointed wizard, with an acerbic apprentice who prefers percussive conflict management to Charle’s more oral version.
Together they find themselves battling demons, a lost Chinese antiquity, and their fellow man. Set in the 1920s, this is a rip-roaring jape of an adventure where fags, tea, bullets, kukhris and magic are essential to life as we never knew it.
Reynolds writes with skill and aplomb, drawing the reader into the adventure until it seems as if they are watching a film rather than reading a book.
If you’re looking for alternative history, pulp fiction with a dash of the occult and a snippet of bone-breaking violence you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for none of these but are instead looking for an excellent read, you can’t go wrong. Quite simply, buy this book.
Price – 5/5
Story – 5/5
Overall – 5/5