- Series: The Shattering
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: White Rocket Books; 2 edition (April 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692021426
- ISBN-13: 978-0692021422
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,601,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Legion I: Lords of Fire (New Edition) (The Shattering) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 3, 2014
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About the Author
Van Allen Plexico writes and edits New Pulp, science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction analysis and commentary for a variety of print and online publishers. He’s been nominated for numerous writing awards and won the 2012 PulpArk Award for “Best New Pulp Character.” The first volume in this series, Legion I: Lords of Fire, was a finalist for Novel of the Year in the 2013 Pulp Factory Awards and the New Pulp Awards. His best-known works include Lucian, Hawk, the Assembled! books, and the groundbreaking and #1 New Pulp Best-Selling Sentinels series—the first ongoing, multi-volume cosmic superhero saga in prose form. In his spare time he serves as a professor of political science and history. He has lived in Atlanta, Singapore, Alabama, and Washington, DC, and now resides in the St. Louis area along with his wife, two daughters and assorted river otters.
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His ambition is in clear evidence in LEGION I: LORDS OF FIRE, in ever corner, nook, and cranny of it. The narrative shows off his obvious interest in history, religion, sociology, the military, and of course, fantasy and science fiction literature. Those last two are important because this book, at times, reads more as epic or high fantasy than science fiction, often relying on those elements that we associate with fantasy novels, like gods, demons, swords, and dynasties, to tell the tale set within its covers. There's a big feeling here, a testament to Plexico's ambitions, and a scope that attempts encompass not only a galaxy or so, but realms that lie above and below it. And the author's also a damn fine writer, with a smooth delivery that doesn't leave you with that grainy "small press" taste that other books leave behind. He knows his way around a phrase and his action sequences are punchy and pulpy. The story? well, its all about change, or at least that's what I got out of it. Empires fall, things change, whether we like it or not.
The downside to all this is that there's a thread of discordance, a kind of schizophrenia that runs through the book. I was more than half way through it before I began to see what the author was up to, what his point was, and what he was creating. Despite the opening page's brief description of Plexico's "universe," I found myself feeling slightly adrift as to its history and its foundations. Also, the cast is large and sprawling and at times the book doesn't completely focus on its more important members when it should. In all, the characters are interesting, some more than others, but too many of them are unlikable - but, I concede, that may be on purpose. I found myself liking minor characters more than the leads, and from time to time growing a bit restless with those star characters. Again, there are no bad characters here, not a one, but I wonder if I was supposed to be more engaged by our main hero, for example.
Blissfully, Plexico knows how to keep chapters short and the action moving, a must in pulp-style writing. And when he hits upon a truly inspired idea, the book really sings. Is it the proverbial page-turner? Sometimes; and that's why I'm here telling you that I liked the book a lot, though I didn't necessarily love it like I really, really wanted to when I first cracked it open and dived in. And please note: this is a prelude to a larger story; "to be continued."
One last minor quibble: "alright" is used more as slang in fiction and not as a permanent replacement for "all right." Plexico wields "alright" like a submachine gun, scattering it throughout the text and often times taking me out of the fiction. Characters say it over and over and over again, although they otherwise speak in a formal manner. Again, just a quibble.
I would recommend this novel to both science fiction and fantasy fans. I wish I was able to have given it four and a half stars here on Amazon.