Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Strange Fortune

Title: Strange Fortune
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-113-7
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Publication Date: July 20, 2010

Valentine Strange, a soldier of fortune, is commissioned by the Holy Orders of Harappu to retrieve the diadem of the Goddess Purya from an ancient temple deep in the White Mountains. Also requested to accompany Valentine on the journey is Aleister Grimshaw, a witch in the employ of the Holy Orders. The journey is dangerous and Aleister is haunted by demons that invade his dreams, as well as threaten his sanity. Through it all, Val fearlessly defends Aleister against all manner of curses, bandits and deviant beings.

Strange Fortune is an exciting suspense action fantasy, with romantic overtones. The well written plot holds the reader captive to the last word. However, Val’s dialogue, along with descriptions of his leisurely pursuits, gave me the impression of a historical English gentleman. The characters are well developed. Val is impulsive and straight forward, with no hidden agendas. He needs money to pay his gaming debts, plus he is a skilled soldier. Val loathes witches in general. On the other hand, he is stunned to realize he is genuinely attracted to Aleister. As an unenthusiastic companion on the expedition, Aleister continues to be plagued by a demon attempting to control him, causing Aleister to distrust his sanity in addition to wielding the magic he is capable of. These torments first started in his childhood, stemming from a tomb unearthed during Aleister’s first dig site. Because of his sufferings, Aleister spends much of his time alone. In the course of his growing intimate friendship with Val, Aleister begins to rely on Val as his defender, as well as his lover. Surviving many hazards completing their mission, both men discover that they must face the destruction of Harappu, along with finding a new place to begin their lives together.

The incredibly talented Josh Lanyon never fails to deliver stories that will have you hanging onto the edge of your chair with mystery and suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed Strange Fortune, a fascinating saga that I will not soon forget.

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