Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne return in a new series of wildly imaginative steampunk adventures.
Spring Heeled Jack is jumping back!
It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!
Spring Heeled Jack isn't alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he's experiencing one hallucination after another - visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about...what?
When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined - a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!
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A flight through time tying up loose ends... maybe
moving, dark, glorious
Doctor Who's dream journal where he jots down his wierdest nightmares (if such a book exists then the adventures of Burton and Swinburne were surely dreamt up during a night of fever dreams after too much brandy and cheese).
As ever, superb. My only niggle is that Wells and Swinburne's voices are too similar, other than that he has a fantastic range and really brings the story to life. Every character from the previous books seems to pop up at some point as a cameo and so he certainly had his work cut out giving them all a voice!
The King's agent of paradox
A remarkable achievement of a book which reprises lots of characters that had almost been forgotten from previous books and takes Burton on a trip through his own timeline with his faithful companions. As with the other books in the series the possibilities and ramifications of each action and outcome keep you thinking and guessing and how all these disparate strands tie together is a real feat of writing.
- C. Douglass
entertaining plot idea
- shaun hawes