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Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction: alternate history, historical fantasy, and retrofuture science fiction, including lgbtq novels and other types of diverse fiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson's stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess; romance, friendship, family affection, and faithful service are recurring themes.
Peterson is the author of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of alternate history series (Dark Light, Waterman, Life Prison, Commando, Michael's House, and The Eternal Dungeon) about disreputable men on the margins of society, and the men and women who care for them. Set between the 1880s and the 1910s, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. One of the series in the cycle, Waterman, combines elements of the 1910s with retrofuturistic imagery from the 1960s. Dusk Peterson has also written The Three Lands, a fantasy series inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.
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on Aug. 20, 2012 :
Quite good stories and I am eager to read the next one. Despite the length of this collection, this is definitely not a series that's complete, and there are a lot of questions yet to be answered!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
C S McClellan
on July 03, 2011 :
Even in Dusk Peterson’s darkest stories there is hope and, when it’s needed, redemption. Characters betray their own vows, are betrayed by those closest to them, and make tragic sacrifices. The ending of their stories is always, if not happy, resolved with a feeling of rightness and inevitability.
Hovering over all the stories is the mysterious figure of the Jackal god, who may be a myth, a real god, or a man in the guise of a god. Whichever he is, his demands are real and, often harsh. His greatest power is in the land of Koretia, but even the godless rule-bound Emorians can’t escape his influence.
These are powerful stories, beautifully written, with characters who will linger in your memory.
(reviewed long after purchase)