Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Netherworld: Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval - by Lisa Morton - I'll be surprised if I read a better book all year. Wow!

5 of 5 Stars    Review copy

What a great way to kick off 2014.  Lisa Morton has just set the standard for genre literature for the year ahead with an epic adventure into the Netherworld.

It starts with a very nice cover design ftom Rob Grom which perfectly captures the look and attitude of Lady Diana Furnaval.

With her lead character, Bram Stoker award winning author, Lisa Morton has created a worthy counterpart to Indiana Jones.

From Victorian England, our heroine travels the world in an effort to close the gateways to the Netherworld and to avenge the death of her husband.  From Calcutta, India to Canton, China to both coasts of the USA and back to England, Lady Diana and her cat, Mina, battle demons, lizard people, vampires, as well as your garden variety bad guys.

Lisa Morton's writing was wonderfully detailed, showing the research that had to have gone into her descriptions of the locales and the believable monsters Lady Diana must face.

There is so much to like in this epic tale, it's not just good vs. evil, there are a lot of gray areas and numerous subplots.  I particularly liked Chappell and Sons Booksellers.

If you are hesitant to read the first book in a series before the others are published, don't be. There is a good bit of closure at the end of book one and at the same time you can easily see the possibilities for continued adventures.  Plus, there is a terrific surprise in the last chapter.

Netherworld: Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval has everything I like in a book. Great characterization, well-told story, plenty of action and a place I'd like to return to someday.

Netherworld: Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval is set for release on January 10th and is available for pre-order in Hardcover and Papeback from Amazon.com.

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