The Place of Dead Kings

Written by Geoffrey Wilson
Review by Mike Ashworth

In 1855, Britain has been conquered by a magical Indian empire. Only a few small bands of rebels hold out against Rajthana. Jack Casey, a reluctant hero of the resistance, lives in the remote wilds of Shropshire training young rebels to use the empire’s magic. Spies bring news of a rogue Indian sorcerer in Scotland who has discovered a mysterious power – could it be the Holy Grail? Jack must find the answer even though he is gravely ill, with only two months to live.

The Place of Dead Kings is the second in a series by Geoffrey Wilson. Well written, the characters are clearly defined, and the action sequences are stirring and realistic. The plot is believable and builds to a satisfying ending, which leaves the door open for further adventures. This is an interesting mixture of Arthurian legend, fantasy and history. I have not read the first book in the series (Land of Hope and Glory), but this did not detract from my enjoyment of this novel. If you are looking for something a little different, try this.