Sunday, January 1, 2012

In The Lion’s Mouth-Michael Flynn

In The Lion’s Mouth

Michael Flynn

Tor, Jan 17 2012, $25.99

ISBN: 9780765322852

The galactic war between the Confederation of Central Worlds and the United League of the Periphery continues unabated. The ULP Kennel employ top secret Hounds to give them an edge in the hostilities while the CCW Lion’s Mouth use Shadow of the Names to strengthen their operations. Hounds and Shadows are enemy undercover operatives.

Thus when Ravn Olafsdottr the Shadow arrives at the stronghold of Bridget ban the Hound, she wonders why she would risk her life as both sides know to shoot first. Ravn explains to her adversary how she captured Bridget’s missing former lover Donovan buigh who the Hound has been searching for. Whereas Bridget understands captivity (see Up Jim River) and knows her daughter Mearana the harpist wants her to reconcile with Donovan, Ravn further says Donovan is in the middle of a potential civil war within the Lion’s Mouth.

The third far future outer space CCW-ULP thriller (see The January Dancer) is an entertaining tale uses “archaic” earth references as key elements in the multiple viewpoints. The theme is a civil war, but Michael Flynn keeps it fresh with twists, spins and nonlinear narration. With a nod to the author’s Firestar saga, fans will enjoy a trio In The Lion’s Mouth with Hounds and Shadows as our guides.

Harriet Klausner

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