I remember being in my local bookstore and seeing a book on the shelf depicting a dragon sat astride a car.
As a lover of fantasy I was naturally drawn straight to this and, having read the synopsis decided it sounded promising.
Now I have read fantasy/reality crossover books before with varying results (A positive being Princess Bride and a less than positive being the Torg series) so I went in with scepticism but am happy to report than by the end of the first chapter I was hooked.
What I found was a plethora of interesting characters, beautifully realised drama and a fantastic sense of the wonderful. Everything from Black Shuck through to Faeries makes and appearance as our cast make their way to safety and the decline of technology as more natural forces re-emerge is handled with great skill as the changes gradually unfold.
All in all I can honestly say that this is easily one of the best First books in a series I have read. Mark Chadbourn deals with all manner of fantastic creatures and situations with aplomb and by the breathtaking end of the first book I went straight out to buy the second.
I can heartily recommend this to all lovers of fantasy and mythology or just those who love a damned fine epic adventure.
This book rekindled my love of reading, i hadnt read anything of any worth for a long time, until this came along. Now i know your not supposed to but i judged this book by the cover and was not sorry. The story is dark, gripping, compelling and brimming with fantasy. I applaud the author for this truly original story and his tireless research.