Reviews & Overviews by Rod Cameron
|Wanderers and Islanders - Legends of the Land : Book One
by Steve Cockayne
|Wanderers and Islanders is the first novel by a new British
fantasy writer Steve Cockayne. It is also the first book in the Legends of
the Land saga. It is three separate stories told together which start to
meld and blur together. In a village, Rusty Brown is growing up as a
loner, until he meets a strange girl, Laurel. She tells him a secret that
haunts him and lures him to the depths of the stinking expanse of the
Undertown in the City. In the City Leonardo Pegasus, personal counsellor
of Magic to the King, tinkers with plans for a Multiple Empathy Engine.
This enables the user to see the whole world without going anywhere. And
in a secluded house, Victor Lazarus is watched by an invisible presence as
he organises the house's repair.
This is an original fantasy, the three threads are fresh, strange and
different. Tales of magic and mystery; past and future. Having finished
this book, I wanted to go back and check the clues - were there three
separate well written stories which intertwine, or just one told from
three different directions? In the end I decided not to re-read it,
because Cockayne's next book The Iron Chain is due out in February 2003.
I'll re-read it then. Marvellous!
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 1 84149 120 9
Reviewed by: Rod Cameron
Review Date: April 2002