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Not a Review: The Order of the Dragon


I’ll admit shamelessly that what did it for me, right away, was the cover.
So, here it is…


… and you tell me if it’s not intriguing and fascinating (and absolutely gorgeous).

So, I’m having lots of fun with Phil Hore’s The Order of the Dragon, a curious mix of alternate historical adventure, hard boiled, Victorian investigation and horror, set in London in 1888.
I got it for the cover, and then I stayed with it for the story. Because for all its different ingredients, the blend is perfect – the novel reads like a breeze, there’s a lot of stuff going on, and the main characters are both fascinating and intriguing. Just like that gorgeous cover promised me.
I’m currently halfway through and I have already met enough mysteries, historical references, twists and surprises to fill a shelfload of lesser books.

The Order of the Dragon is the first in a planned trilogy – and I’m trying to go slow with this one, because the wait for the next will be torture.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Not a Review: The Order of the Dragon

  1. I found the art amazing too when I first saw it. Thanks so much for the kind words, glad you’re having fun. I must admit I had fun not only with this, but the second book which is well under way as we speak…I am not going to give anything away….except maybe say it has something to do with a certain excavation in Egypt in the 1920s.
    Would love to know what you think of the second half of the book as well.
    If you do not mind I will leave a link here where people can find the thing- understand if you take it down 🙂


    • Phil, had you not sold me Volume 2 with Volume 1, mentioning Egypt and the 1920 would have done the trick anyway.
      No problem with the link – I failed to put one in the post.
      And as soon as I’m finished, I’ll post a full review here, and on Amazon or Goodreads.


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