Jan 262015
Review: Pacific FirePacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2) by Greg Van Eekhout
Published by Tor on Jan 27, 2015
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

I’m Sam. I’m just this guy.

Okay, yeah, I’m a golem created from the substance of his own magic by the late Hierarch of Southern California. With a lot of work, I might be able to wield magic myself. I kind of doubt it, though. Not like Daniel Blackland can.

Daniel’s the reason the Hierarch’s gone and I’m still alive. He’s also the reason I’ve lived my entire life on the run. Ten years of never, ever going back to Los Angeles. Daniel’s determined to protect me. To teach me.

But it gets old. I’ve got nobody but Daniel. I’ll never do anything normal. Like attend school. Or date a girl.

Now it’s worse. Because things are happening back in LA. Very bad people are building a Pacific firedrake, a kind of ultimate weapon of mass magical destruction. Daniel seemed to think only he could stop them. Now Daniel’s been hurt. I managed to get us to the place run by the Emmas. (Many of them. All named Emma. It’s a long story.) They seem to be healing him, but he isn’t going anyplace soon.

Do I even have a reason for existing, if it isn’t to prevent this firedrake from happening? I’m good at escaping from things. Now I’ve escaped from Daniel and the Emmas, and I’m on my way to LA.

This may be the worst idea I ever had.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I really liked this book. It takes place 10 years after the first one, and focuses on a different character, but the overall feel was much the same, and was very inventive.

Sam is a character I found super easy to like and root for. He’s a golem, but seems very human. I was surprised at how much like a normal teenager he seemed, except he’s been extremely isolated (not uneducated or naive though) and knows he is considered a very expensive prize. Even knowing this though, he still has a good heart and great intentions, and follows his own moral code whereby he tries to do the right thing.

This right thing ends up putting him in great danger as he tries to stop the creation of a fire drake that could destroy the world. It also results in an incredible adventure that is both creative and exciting.

Overall, this was a very entertaining adventure. The confusions I had around osteomancy in the first book aren’t present here. Not only were the rules already explained, but the intensity and focus of the book seem a bit relaxed, although the story definitely didn’t suffer. I quite enjoyed this book, and look forward to the next one. Some of the developments near the end were just awesome.

  One Response to “Review: Pacific Fire”

  1. Ten years is a rather significant time jump from book 1 to 2, and I wouldn’t have expected it to work, but apparently Van Eekhout knows his stuff! I breathe a huge sigh of relief whenever some of the world-building kinks get ironed out in a follow-up installment, so I’m happy that you were able to get the jist of osteomancy as well as some enjoyment from the overall story. Lovely review!

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