Cyrus Darian And The Ghastly Horde: A Penny Dreadful Review
It is certainly a bother to return from a holiday to find problems waiting on one’s doorstep. The necromancer and alchemist Cyrus Darian arrives home after a well-deserved vacation to discover an army of ghosts awaiting him. And he can’t make them leave.
Cyrus Darian and the Ghastly Horde is the sequel to Raven Dane’s gripping masterpiece Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron. The plot is just as fascinating and twisted as the plot in the previous book. The reader is treated to lots of familiar faces (well, as much as the face of a shapeshifter can be called familiar), and a lot of new people appear as well. There are occult mechanisms, international travel, government conspiracies, revenge, sex, love, airships, and plenty of the callous, selfish Cyrus Darian himself. There’s also a breathtaking submarine in this book, as well as strong ladies who know their minds.
Raven Dane creates excellent characters. No one is simple, and no one acts without several reasons. Her prose is vivid, putting the reader smack dab in the middle of the action, whether it’s an airship battle or a seduction.
Unfortunately, parts of this book seem as if they’ve been written in a rush. Words are not as carefully chosen. This is a bit disappointing from an author I’ve come to adore.
I give Cyrus Darian and the Ghastly Horde three and a half gears out of five. I highly recommend plunging into the adventures of this fascinating anti-hero. I am left with only one question. Where’s the next book?
Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather