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Monsters, Mayhem, Magic and Myth
I love Dan Thompson’s work, which typically involves supernatural beings and exciting events which he beautifully and skilfully combines with legends from Norse mythology. I especially liked the sea monster in this instalment. I really enjoyed The Black Petal (the first book in the series) and was delighted to receive a copy of The Golden Lyre - the next book in his exciting young adult fantasy series. It was a lovely feeling to be back in one of Dan’s fantasy worlds with familiar characters who felt like friends.
After all the thrill and excitement of book one, The Golden Lyre leads you further into exploring the characters of two young men who share the same soul, Jack and Blake. Both from planet Earth, but from different time periods, each have completely different personalities. Jack, being an average teenager, who had started off unsure of himself, now leads much of the story and becomes a hero and proves true of heart. Blake was a ruthless professional Victorian assassin, very sure of himself, now is regretful of his past. He proves to be a loyal and true friend to Jack and his quest.
The story starts in a dark place. Jack only survives because of the supernatural powers of a phoenix and finds himself surrounded by the rotten stench of a battlefield. Being unprepared for the scale of the dead, he flees with Blake to the temporary safety of a nearby settlement, but is haunted by memories and the loss of his one true love.
As with all Dan’s magical writing, this story is a full and complicated one. With each turn of the page you are led through a labyrinth of the life paths of all the characters, who prove to be very human, and as they travel together, Jack and Blake talks between themselves prove to be soulful and insightful.
I have to say although I love the goodies in this series, no one writes evil like Dan! His bad characters are just so brutally evil, so tremendously colourful, that they are mesmerising.
The journey that Jack and Black go on is beautifully described that if you close your eyes you can imagine yourself travelling along the landscapes with them. Experiencing the different scenery and buildings which are below and above ground and the different types of races of people, and even the dead zombies.
You do not need to have a knowledge of ancient mythology to enjoy this series as each of the supernatural beings are detailed and described to you, from their personality to their appearance, and each of their inner thoughts and motives.
There is lot of story for your buck here even ending with two cliff hangers and well worth a read. I would most heartily recommend it. The cover is stunning also! 5 stars.
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