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I’m currently halfway through and I have already met enough mysteries, historical references, twists and surprises to fill a shelfload of lesser books.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.