Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Five Star Review for The Dark and Forbidding Land

5.0 out of 5 stars A very apt title., 17 Mar 2011

By S. Horrigan (London) - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Dark and Forbidding Land (Senta and the Steel Dragon) (Kindle Edition)
I discovered Wesley Allison's work only a short while ago when I read His Robot Wife. That story impressed me so much that I bought The Voyage of the Minotaur (Senta and the Steel Dragon) the first in the Senta and the Steel Dragon series.

The title of this second book is very appropriate. It is a much darker read than the first volume. The colony at Port Dechantagne has now been established for a couple of years and is expanding rapidly. More and more people are arriving looking for a new life, for adventure hunting dinosaurs or to trade with the colonists.

In places this book is a much less comfortable read than the first book. The native lizard men are servants almost in slavery to the humans. There is corporal and capital punishment, religious persecution and the parallels that are drawn to our own world and to some of the more abhorrent events in our history are very and sometimes brutally obvious. There is a lighter side though with the now 10 year old Senta, Bessemer the dragon and their gang of childhood friends running riot through the pages to keep the story in balance.

Once again presentation is perfect and again idiomatic English is used to great effect.

Overall 5 stars. This was a highly enjoyable read and I will definitely be downloading the next in the series but I am fully expecting the story to get much darker before the end.

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