Kindling - Flame of Evil, Bk 1 Author:Mick Farren A ravening horde of barbarians from the East, the Mosul Empire, in unholy alliance with the Teutons and the Mameluke warlords and led by the brutal theocracy of the Zhaithan, has subjugated the Land of the Franks and the Hispanic Peninsula. Setting their sights on the New World, they have already conquered the Republic of Greater Carolina and th... more »e Virginia Freestate. Only the Kingdom of Albany still stands, aided by the Norse Alliance of Britain and Scandinavia.
Four youngsters from very different backgrounds are brought together to form The Four ? a supernatural entity that becomes the last-ditch hope of the Free World.« less
A nice, solid alternate history/parallel universe dark fantasy. This is the start to a new series, and definitely reads as such. It's a good take on the traditional "hero's quest" type of fantasy, but it does have its flaws. I spent a good portion of the book trying to figure out ages, or clothes, or landscape. It was almost as if the author was relating a movie to us, assuming we had already seen it and didn't need what he would consider to be extraneous commentary. In spite of that, it's a weird, interesting, creative book, and definitely worth your time if you like alternate history fused with magic.