By Eric Brown
1999, at the threshold of a brand new millennium, the novelist Daniel Langham lives a reclusive lifestyles on an idyllic Greek island, hiding clear of humanity and the occasions of the previous. All that adjustments, notwithstanding, whilst he meets artist Caroline Platt and reveals himself falling in love. yet what's his mystery, and what are the horrors that hang-out him?
1935. Writers Jonathon Langham and Edward Vaughan are summoned from London by way of their editor good friend Jasper Carnegie to aid examine unusual goings on in Hopton wooden. What they observe there - at the very least a wierd creature from one other global - will swap their lives eternally. What they turn into, and their hyperlink to the novelist of the long run, is the topic of Eric Brown's so much formidable novel to this point. nearly ten years within the writing, The Kings of Eternity is a unique of enormous scope and intensity, choked with the staple tropes of the style and but imbued with humanity and characters you'll come to like.
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