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The Secret Empire: Book Three of the Iron Dragon Series Paperback – January 14, 2012
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From the Author
The first version of this book came out in January 2012, and was more of an advanced reader copy (ARC). The text has been revised twice since then, most recently in August 2012, and several typos have been corrected.
About the Author
A toy castle is what sent fantasy author and editor Paul Genesse over the edge and into madness. Dragons and castles gave him reason to live from elementary school through college where he loved his English classes, but pursued his other passion by earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing science in 1996. He was a registered nurse on a cardiac unit in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked the night shift for 17 years keeping the forces of darkness away from his patients. Now he is a clinical analyst for the same healthcare company and is enjoying working during the day. His new schedule will hopefully allow him to get more writing done. Paul lives with his incredibly supportive wife, Tammy, and their collection of well-behaved frogs and moderately scary dragons. When he’s not hanging out with Tammy, or at the hospital working, Paul enjoys speaking at schools and conventions about writing. His new interest is interviewing celebrities at large media conventions such as Salt Lake Comic Con and Paul would love to become the nerd version of Jimmy Fallon. Writing short fiction is one of his passions and he is the author of several short stories and novelettes featured in Fellowship Fantastic, The Dimension Next Door, Furry Fantastic, Imaginary Friends, Catopolis, Terribly Twisted Tales, Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms featuring The Pirate Witch, Steampunk’d, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, and more. He is also the editor of the five volumes comprising the demon-themed Crimson Pact anthology series. His first book, The Golden Cord, Book One of the Iron Dragon Series has become the bestselling fantasy novel Five Star Books has ever had. Book two, The Dragon Hunters and book three, The Secret Empire are out now. Book four, The Crystal Eye; and the finale, The Iron Brotherhood are scheduled to arrive in 2015. For updates, please friend Paul on Facebook, and “Like” the Official Iron Dragon Series Page or follow him on Twitter, @Paul_Genesse. Learn more about the Iron Dragon Series, listen to podcasts, see original art, and watch videos including the amazing cinematic book trailer for The Golden Cord at paulgenesse.com.
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If you haven't read the first two books (The Golden Cord and The Dragon Hunters) then you most certainly should before reading this one.
I thought all three books were excellent. If you're into the fantasy adventure genre then these books are for you.
As for The Secret Empire, it was a great read. The author keeps the action going and there are many unexpected twists in the plot making it very hard to guess what will happen next.
The ending leaves the reader thirsting for the next book in the series.
I read the Kindle edition, and unfortunately there were a few typos in it, but these did not detract at all from an extremely enjoyable journey into the wonderful fantasy world created by Paul Genesse.
Well done Paul. I'm looking forward to the next book. I hope it will be out soon.
By now, I know the characters well enough. It’s like spending time with old friends. The story is compelling. It deals with several underlying issues such as race relations, slavery, charity, and much more. I appreciate that the author does not attempt to solve any of those issues while the characters grapple with them, but the questions are asked and space is left to ponder in the reader’s mind. In the end, the characters come together, not necessarily overcoming any specific issues, but they must band together in a common cause.
I have to admit, there were times when I had to get up and get a drink of water because the characters were dying of thirst in the desert and I had to reassure myself that I wasn’t. There were times when I was yelling at the book like Fred Savage to his Grandfather in The Princess Bride, “You’re reading it wrong, Grandpa, get it right...” But Genesse does get it right. He stays true to the characters and lets them run their own journeys to the end, whatever that may be. The twists and turns are wonderful as well. It takes a lot to trick me and I love it when it happens. There we several times when I was fooled and I was like, “Man, he’s good.” Now that I have read three of these books, I feel confident to say I enjoy this story more than Lord of the Rings. It’s a must read series.
In his third book Paul Genesse reveals a desert kingdom with all the allure and brutality of ancient Egypt. In the Isyrin palace the tiny company soon finds itself lost in a bewildering world of shifting allegiances, where love and loyalty are tested severely. Drake finds himself in ever-deepening levels of lies, secrets and misinformation, leading to unexpected confrontations that try his soul. In his inimitable way, Paul Genesse lifts conflicts to the high realms, where mortally wounded enemies cling to their killers, and formidable enchantments root to the core of the soul. In a world of cultic hatred, quiet healers must either wield the sword or watch their beloved die. The startling depths of the main characters flash in poignant scenes as they confront death and eternity.
The potent drama unfolding in this epic fantasy filled my mind with sharp images of the horrors devised by demonic creatures and twisted kings. There is grief as compassionate men and women realize that the good they intend is being manipulated ruthlessly, with vile outcomes. Moments of shock blend with those of delight as the great themes of high fantasy--courage, faith, betrayal, forgiveness--shine through this latest arrival from Paul Genesse. It is a joy to read.