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Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life has included studying aeronautical engineering; being a dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, a guitarist and singer (recording two albums); travelling widely, marrying in Kyrgyzstan and a long and successful career within the science industry. He has now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England.
Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.
He has traveled widely, spending some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He keeps very busy writing in his spare time and pursuing his other interests of history, genealogy and history of the movies.
on Oct. 02, 2015 :
A true Chess match!
The author has certainly done his homework on Medieval battle scenes; The clash is described in great detail, the brutality of sword fighting is quite dramatic. Hand-to-hand fights are exciting and hair-raising. The planing of overcoming geographic obstacles, the attrition within his ranks due to the long trek go meet the enemy will affect the outcome, giving the reader a true sense of the realistic factors that existed at the time. Overcoming the adversary's camp defenses are done in an unpredictable and dramatic manner. The flanking maneuvers were brilliantly planned, yet, the low chance of success brings a tense feeling throughout, as they were essential for the plan to work. Even this risk is a part of his strategy: he sends his strongest potential future adversary on this extremely dangerous mission; if he dies, the future threat is dealt with, if he wins, the publicly justifiable rewards will buy his Loyalty. A masterpiece of writing!
For once we have a King who is honorable, intelligent, and a true warrior on the battlefields. He has a very sensuous life at home… quite well written, ahem! The Chess game starts off early: He foresees a future threat by a rogue ex-ally, then formulates his tactics, and executes them. An early feast gathering was full of nuances and gamesmanship, it rivals the classic initial dinner scene in Dune. Unlike Chess, even pawns are crucial parts of the deadly game. He has to deftly deal with his Lords, strengthening loyalties by crafty compromises that do not weaken him. The Lords are clueless about this fact, as they are blinded by their own ambition, a part of their being that the King has to deal with and use against them. The problems requiring smart moves continue to add up: Each tactical decision opens a multitude of possible dangerous consequences; the way the King assesses these and deals with them shows us just how he truly deserves to rule, a part that was an absolute pleasure to read.
Characters are extremely well-developed, even each person's idiosyncrasies are interesting and contribute nicely to the plot.
Did I mention that the future Queen is an absolute sexually powerful and seductive woman?
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)