Cabin Crew member Tim Miller’s thoughts on his pick for October: Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett
Triumff has made enemies of everyone apart from his trusted man Agnew, Uptil and his lady, Doll Taresheet, a notable actress of the Wooden Oh who do pretty much anything to get him out of trouble.
Triumff has fallen out of the English court’s favour after stalling his report to the queen about his recent discovery of Australia, because, fundamentally, he doesn’t want them to ruin it. This is some funny alternative history, where the Leonardo da Vinci equivalent reinstated the use of magick in the renaissance and this England emerged from it. There is so much political intrigue in this, betrayals and assassinations, the plot moves from one thing to the next with speed and fluidity.
Abnett’s writing style is witty, with a good sense of character. Triumff is a likeable fellow, and you can see how his easy-going nature grinds on the other characters and pulls out the worst characteristics from them. Every part of this is well thought out, the plot threads pull together at the end to form a dazzling conclusion, the characters have fantastic rivalries and their own quirks that bring them to life off the page.
Verdict: A thoroughly good read.
Reminded me of … Gerald in the Rogue Agent trilogy by K E Mills.
Trimuff: Her Majesty’s Hero is out now from Angry Robot books.
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