Dan Abnett - 'Torchwood: Border Princes'
- Dan Abnett - 'Torchwood: Border Princes'
Published: 01/02/2007 - 11:55:09 AM
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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 Gaunts 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 elses 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 youre 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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