Review: Talus and the Frozen King

talusTalus and the Frozen King
by Graham Edwards

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Solaris
ISBN-10: 1781081999
ISBN-13: 978-1781081990

Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5

Product description:

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travelers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travelers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.
In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island’s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. But do the answers lie in this world or the next?
Nobody is above suspicion, from the king’s heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion. And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realize nothing is what it seems.
Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

My thoughts:

Talus and the Frozen King is a fast paced murder mystery set in the Neolithic era. It has a bit of a Sherlock Holmes vibe to it, although, it reminded me more of Mel Starr’s Hugh de Singleton series. Like Starr, Edwards crafts a fine story wrapped in an extremely accurate feeling Historical era.

All in all, I found it to be an entertaining read. Having said that, many of the elements in the story; desolate area, near xenophobic locals, and red herrings are familiar to mystery fans. Still, I think that both History buffs and mystery fans will enjoy it. I give Talus and the Frozen King 4 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Solaris www.solarisbooks.com  . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Author: Barry Huddleston

Book and product reviews with a steampunk twist

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