Fofo’s CBRIII Review #21 Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Target: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Empire in Black and Gold

Profile: Fantasy, Steampunk, Alternative Fantasy

Empire in Black and Gold is very hard to pin down.  It is a piece of epic fantasy, complete with clashing kingdoms, valiant warriors and good versus evil.  It is also a story of spies and political intrigue.  And the world is a strange and wonderful hybrid of classic medieval kingdoms, post-renaissance sensibility and industrial age technology.  The mash-up of setting tropes is jarring at first, but becomes endearing as more of the world and the setting is explored/explained.  At the end I was forced to admit that what I thought was going to be a junk novel turned out to be a pretty spectacular bit of alternative fantasy.

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