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Strange Fortune
by Josh Lanyon


Overview - Valentine Strange, late of his Majesty's 21st Benhali Lancers, needs money. Happily, the wealthy Holy Orders of Harappu are desperate to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the mountainous jungle-an area Strange knows well from his days quelling rebellions.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Valentine Strange, late of his Majesty's 21st Benhali Lancers, needs money. Happily, the wealthy Holy Orders of Harappu are desperate to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the mountainous jungle-an area Strange knows well from his days quelling rebellions. The pay is too good and the job seems too easy for Strange to refuse. But when Master Aleister Grimshaw, a dangerous witch from a traitorous lineage, joins the expedition, Strange begins to suspect that more is at stake than the retrieval of a mere relic. Grimshaw knows an ancient evil surrounds the diadem- the same evil once hunted him and still haunts his mind. However, experience has taught him to keep his suspicions to himself or risk being denounced as a madman. Again. Harried by curses, bandits and unnatural creatures, Strange and Grimshaw plunge onward. But when a demonic power wakes and the civilized world descends into revolution, their tenuous friendship is threatened as each man must face the destruction of the life he has known.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935560005
  • ISBN-10: 193556000X
  • Publisher: Blind Eye Books
  • Publish Date: December 2009
  • Page Count: 313
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.61 x 0.85 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 41.
  • Review Date: 2009-10-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mystery author Lanyon (the Adrien English series) makes his first foray into fantasy with a taut, energetic and romantic tale. In Hidush, an analogue for India in its final days as a British colony, a colonial religious group sends bisexual adventurer Maj. Valentine Strange and troubled witch Aleister Grimshaw to retrieve a goddess's lost diadem from a mountain monastery. As the two men are beset by traitors, wild animals, monks with political agendas and a spiritual force that threatens all of Hidush, their mutual attraction unfolds beautifully and dramatically. Beneath Lanyon's breezy pulp-style prose is a real (and mostly successful) effort to critique the genre's heritage of colonialism, racism and sexism, and though his research feels thin in a few place, there's still plenty to satisfy fans of fantasy, adventure and romance. (Dec.)

 
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