AD 1081: Vast empires struggle for dominance. From the Normans in the north to the Byzantines in the south. Battles rage across Europe and around its fringes.
But in the east an empire still mightier stirs, wielding a weapon to rule the world: gunpowder. Seeking the destructive might of this fire drug, the mercenary Vallon is sent by the defeated Byzantine emperor on a near-impossible quest to the far-off land of Song-Dynasty China.
Leading a highly trained squadron, Vallon is accompanied by the physician hero Wayland, and the English hunter, a young upstart named Lucas. All have their own reasons for going, all have secrets. It's a quest that leads them across treacherous seas and boiling deserts, and into the unchartered land of mountains and plains beyond the Silk Road. Many will die... but the rewards are unbelievable.
I listened to this straight after Hawk quest (which was superb) and have to say I was l little disappointed.
The characters did not gel together as well as before and the story was lack lustre at times.
Lucas was particularly annoying, although maybe that was what the author wanted him to be like.
The excitement was not as strong as before and the ending was sudden and weak.
I still enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series to find out about the new adventures the friends undertake.
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What would have made Imperial Fire better?
I thought the concept was great, but the execution was slow and just not credible. I am too late for a refund, but will be deleting this ASAP
What will your next listen be?
Not another one by the same author by the look of it
What didn’t you like about Ric Jerrom’s performance?
Sorry, but I found the reading too slow and ponderous. I liked the reader's voice, just not what he did with it with this. I wouldn't rule out trying another book read by him, but this one? I cannot stand it any more
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Nothing I can think of
Any additional comments?
I buy too many. I need to experiment less - unless I am sure that I can listen to at least a couple of chapters
It is a great follow up to Hawks Quest. Interesting to follow a great and exciting story line and to also have your moral compass be tested and possibly adjusted.