- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Mandarin; UK First Paperback Edition edition (September 11, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0417042701
- ISBN-13: 978-0417042701
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,571,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fires of Lan-Kern Paperback – September 11, 1980
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The reason I have said that it is perhaps it is not for everyone is because of the use of Cornish in the book. Cornish is a Celtic language undergoing revival in the English duchy of Cornwall. For me, as a student of things Celtic, it was a joy. The language does not really get in the way, much as Tolkien's languages do not in *The Lord of the Rings,* but it might for some.
It is also a rather strange book, combining elements of Science Fiction and Sword and Sorcery.
An English scientific expedition to Greenland to search for possible new species of plants is returning home when a mysterious time/space slip happens and instead of being not far out from Greenland, the ship finds itself already along the North British coast. However things do not seem right. When the ship reaches London, the city is in ruins, as if destroyed by nuclear war. The ship, itself nuclear powered, continues around to Plymouth, but the city is not there. There is only woods. The ship anchors and a exploratory party goes ashore. The chief botanist is left behind and witnesses the destruction of the ship and crew through a nuclear malfunction.
He discovers a group of people, seemingly thrown back to the dark ages, who speak the ancient Cornish language. The Botanist is accepted into the "clan" and begins to learn Cornish and in turn, if I remember right, teaches a few English, and a party, including the botanist, sets off to search out the mystery of Lan-Kern which is in the destroyed London.
I personally found the book fascinating in its blend of science fiction and sword and sorcery. I was unable to read the subsequent books because our public library didn't have them, and I got involved with other books and things in my life. Finding that even this book was no longer available in the library prompted me to search out buying them for myself - if I could find them, which I managed to do, though I had to go outside the U.S. as well through Amazon here.
The book ventures into the unknown and you get a feel for the Main Character's situation, and his discovery of a new world. If you come across it in the library, it is a book to definitely read and entertain!!
Most of the book is well done with the character venturing into unknown future and environments. I'll have to read more of Tremayne's books to get more of a feel.