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In the Lion's Mouth Hardcover – January 17, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Spiral Arm Series

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“A marvelously heroic ancient legend reborn in humanity's future days. Space opera fans will be swept away by the poetic rhythm and subtle plot construction.” ―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“This story weaves love, mystery, music, action, and a change to create a mammoth of a read that will leave readers enraptured in its pages for generations to come.” ―Sacramento Book Review on The January Dancer

“Flavored like Celtic poetry, The January Dancer is the first effort in what promises to be a space opera of epic proportions…. Will leave readers both wide-eyed and breathless.” ―Interzone

The January Dancer is an innovative intellectual and stimulating take on the space opera in which, once again, Flynn demonstrates that he is a writer of the highest caliber.” ―Interzone

“For fans of… Brainy first-contact tales (Carl Sagan meets Umberto Eco). Lowdown: bursting with pungent historical detail and Big Theme musings, this dense, provocative novel offers big rewards.” ―Entertainment Weekly on Eifelheim

“A deeply researched and well-thought-out novel that moves us and makes us smarter just for having read it…. Excellent.” ―Orson Scott Card on Eifelheim

Firestar was a mighty hard act to follow, but Michael Flynn has done so, and brilliantly. Rogue Star continues the story, with the same imaginative realism, suspenseful narration, and vivid humanness, plus all sorts of new ideas and insights.” ―Poul Anderson

About the Author

Michael Flynn is the author of the Firestar series of novels, and is an Analog magazine alumnus whose fiction now appears regularly in all the major SF magazines. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322852
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Liviu C. Suciu on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
INTRODUCTION: "In the Lion's Mouth" is the third *but not* final book in the series that started with "The January Dancer" and was followed by "Up Jim River". In my reviews linked above, I described these books as "Celtic space opera".

"The January Dancer" was both intriguing and well executed but "Up Jim River" had some structural issues that detracted from my full enjoyment, so "In The Lion's Mouth" was a book I planned to read but did not expect to engross me so much that I literally could not put it down one recent evening I started seriously reading it, until very late when I finished it. Besides how much I enjoyed it, the major surprise was that the series was not a trilogy as this novel ended on a (semi) cliffhanger and the direction of the fourth installment has now clearly been set.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I will present a rough outline of the set-up - there is more in the above reviews - and of course the following has inevitable spoilers for the previous two books, though as I would say that a major part of the series' attraction is its execution - style, characters, world building - these spoilers are not that important in detracting from a new reader's enjoyment.

In the far future, humanity is split into two parts by the structure of space time, as ftl is possible only through special "hyperspace tubes" where somewhat different physical laws hold - eg the speed of light is still the supreme such but it is much higher than our c - while being still close enough to allow human ships to go. The originally settled core including the now downtrodden Earth is called The Commonwealth of Central Worlds and is dominated by a dictatorship of "Those of the Names", humans (?
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Assume for a moment that Milton or Shakespeare lived yet in our day. If you've read much sci-fi, your mind can expand at least that far. Imagine further that their granddaughter married the granson of those great mabynnogyon authors lost in the dawn of our age. In one step of imagination more, consider what the son of those lines could pen if he were raised on Herbert, Heinlein, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Ludlum? There is no need to imagine, you can see it and feel it and smell it and be blinded by it, here . . . In the Lion's Mouth.

Without offending my hard-science-fiction-senses, Flynn has wrought a miracle. I will read everything this master of both rhyme and prose ever writes about the tales, the worlds and the characters he first introduced in The January Dancer. Unlikely we'll meet, even in so small a universe as those who revere verse, but whether or not I can thank him personally, I do thank the universe that he took up writing. Please trust me when I tell you that here is a bard who sees science fiction as it can be, as a canvas upon which much can be painted that no other form of literature can own. I've read a thousand science fiction books. I've written one review, this one. I've written it so that you know that you absolutely must buy, read and treasure this book, it's two predecessors and any that come after it. I've read the first of what I hope will be a score of the books of Hounds and Shadows and Those of Name in Kindle versions. I'll be buying the hardbacks for this series for my shelves, and the shelves of my very best of friends.
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Being the 3rd book in the January Dancer series I was quite pleased to find it not only a worthy addition to the series, but one i quite enjoyed. So far each of the novels in the series have had a different feel to them. They are connected by threads of character plot lines, but they are each told in a different way so they seem more than just one long story cut into novel sized chunks.

The first couple of pages were a bit dense in as they dive into the story. But they also refreshed for me this universe and brought back into mind the character and plot contexts. The world-building in Flynn's novels is always quite solid, but really it is his character building that make the stories what they are.

In the Lion's Mouth is quite satisfying on it's own and it certainly sets up the next novel in the series and what will be its starting plot.
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Ravn Olafsdottr creeps into Clanthompson Hall to tell her story of the disappearance of Donavan buigh. It is a disappearance she may be responsible for, that Donavan may have cooperated with, and that may be permanent. In the familiar story-within-a-conversation style found in The January Dancer and Up Jim River, Ravn unfolds her tale. Her listeners include the Mistress of the Hall Bridget ban, the harper Mearana, and Graceful Bintsaif, a junior Hound. They must decide how much to trust Ravn and how much of her story to believe.

The story begins with Donovan on board a small spacecraft returning him to his planet of origin. He meets people who fought both with and against him and who remember parts of his life that he does not. Donovan must understand the struggle between factions in an underground army and decide who to help and who to trust.

This book carries forward the story of the previous two volumes in the Tales of the Spiral Arm series. It makes plain that there will be at least a fourth book. It is rewarding to learn more of Donovan's past and more about the Confederation of Central Worlds than has previously been revealed. On the other hand, the story-within-a-story technique is not the fresh surprise it was in The January Dancer. And the scope of the action seems much smaller than in the past. It no longer feels as if the fate of worlds and peoples hangs in the balance.

It is a good story but nowhere near becoming a great one.
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