Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On The Razor’s Edge-Michael Flynn

On The Razor’s Edge

Michael Flynn

Tor, Jul 2 2013, $25.99

ISBN: 9780765334800

Méarana the harper hopes she can reconcile her estranged parents though she knows former Shadow of the Confederation of Central Worlds Donovan (the scarred man) and Bridget ban of the Hounds are natural enemies. However, her plan goes astray when Counselor Gidula abducts Donovan because the kidnapper believes one of the ex-Shadow’s personalities knows the secret entrance into the City of the Names. This occurs at a time when the members of the Shadow’s Lion’s Mouth deploy assassins while heatedly debate support of the Name.

Needing help to rescue her dad, Méarana arranges for CCW Shadow Ravn Olafsdottr to kidnap her though the latter assumes it was all her doing; unaware that the hybrid harper needs her abduction to motivate her mother to bring the Hounds in pursuit of her and Donavan. With deceit and distrust everywhere, war seems imminent but it is hazy as to who is on which side; only that enemies CCW and the United League of the Periphery need Donovan to win.

The fourth futuristic CCW-ULP thriller is a complex entertaining tale that focuses on Machiavellian intrigue; as several civil wars seems imminent while the two rival empires continue their hostilities. More convoluted than the DNA helix, all roads pass through subconscious mind of The Scarred Man, but to appreciate and understand (for the most part) the journey with the Hounds and Shadows means fans must read the previous entries (see In the Lion's Mouth, The January Dancer and Up Jim River).

Harriet Klausner

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