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Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland) Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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About the Author
GREG VAN EEKHOUT is the author of California Bones, as well as a previous fantasy novel with Bantam Books, Norse Code. He is also the author of two middle-grade SF novels, Kid vs. Squid and The Boy at the End of the World (a finalist for the Andre Norton Award). He lives in San Diego, California.
- Publisher : Tor Books; First edition (January 27, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765328569
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765328564
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 1.19 x 8.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the second book in a trilogy. Daniel Blackland has rescued the golem of the SoCal Hierarch (after he kills him), a creature named Sam, and protects him from those left behind who would "harvest" the golem for his osteomantic value.
Three people who were in the tier below the hierarch form a shaky treaty to work together to raise a Pacific firedrake, the most fearsome of creatures: Otis Roth, Gabriel Argent, and Sister Tooth. They want the Hierarch's golem to power the animation of the Pacific firedrake. Daniel is on the run east and north of the alternate L.A., trying to protect Sam.
The author uses enough familiar landmarks, transported and transformed appropriately for his world, that movement is pleasant and recognizable.
Meanwhile, Daniel discovers that the driving force behind bringing back a Pacific firedrake isn't Otis and his triumvirate but someone from his past.
Highly recommended. I'm looking forward to moving onto the third and final book in the trilogy. It's sad to thing that the next book is the *final* book in the series.
Having read it, I found it really un-put-down-able. (I read it in a day. My husband said "You're disgusting." He jests. Mostly.) The twists and turns were not only exciting, they made sense, and revelations were made at the perfect points in the story. (Two spies!). And the tension in the second-to-last chapter!
As a sequel, you'll have to read California Bones first to get the full enjoyment out of the book. But they're both worth reading, and now I can hardly wait for Dragon Coast, the final installment!
Within this inventive framework, the author has given us three-dimensional characters who struggle with conflicts that define them and their time.
So if you like complex plots, machinations, magic, family strife, witty banter, and junk food, I have no higher recommendation than this.