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Dan Abnett - 'Torchwood: Border Princes'

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    Dan Abnett - Torchwood: Border Princes Published: 01/02/2007 - 11:55:09 AM Torchwood Critic Rating Critic Rating Critic Rating Critic Rating Critic Rating
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      Dan Abnett - 'Torchwood: Border Princes'

      Published: 01/02/2007 - 11:55:09 AM


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      Dan Abnett

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      “The End of the World began on a Thursday night
      in October, just after eight in the evening…” Dan
      Abnett starts his BBC Books Torchwood novel –
      Border Princes in classic ‘Abnett’ style. Despite
      being more recognisable recently as the author of
      the Gaunt’s Ghosts novels as well as the
      Eisenhorn and Ravenor cycle (all of which are
      available from The Black Library –
      as well as the strips he writes for 2000AD, Dan
      Abnett has returned to his literary roots by
      writing about someone else’s characters. In this
      respect he seems to excel with the ‘voices’ of
      the characters being clear and very true to the series.

      The main flow of the story revolves around Gwens’
      burgeoning relationship with another member of
      the Torchwood team and, of course, the End of the
      World. With plot twists, personality conflicts
      and the newest member of the team struggling to
      cope with all of the weirdness and increasing tension.

      My only real complaint with this novel is
      actually a problem I have with the series –
      Toshiko and Lanto are very clearly not primary
      characters and tend to only be peripherally
      involved in the action that unfolds around them.
      This quibble aside I really enjoyed this book as
      an extension of the television series it is based
      on, despite a plot side-note at one point which
      appears suspiciously similar to an episode of the series.

      I must admit that although he is definitely not
      an incredibly original author, with some parts of
      this novel being fairly obvious from an early
      stage, this is not enough to dampen the spirit of
      what Dan Abnett creates in this adventure. This
      is a very, VERY well crafted and entertaining
      story with very accurate characters. This,
      combined with his uncanny ability to describe
      completely inhuman situations and technology
      using straightforward words grafted together to
      form incredible concepts which are still recognisable.

      If you’re a fan of the Torchwood series and/or
      Dan Abnett then this is well worth adding to your
      collection. This will definitely be one of those
      novels which refuses to let you put it down
      despite your pressing need to eat/sleep/watch
      television or make any form of social contact, at
      least until you finish the next chapter… You will
      blitz through the 256 pages without even
      realising it as you spend the entire novel “in
      the moment” and loving every minute of it.

      Review by Paul Covell

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