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Hells Empire: Tales of the Incursion

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A unique anthology of two thrones at war as the forces of Hell assault an unsuspecting Victorian Britain.The cry went out to theologians and engineers, to artificers and antiquarians, to every name which could be named. By telegraph where lines were still intact, and by volunteer riders where they were not; smuggled along the coast in fishing smacks, semaphored from hill-t ...more
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published May 20th 2019
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Katherine Hetzel
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premise for the book is that Hell is taking over late-Victorian Britain. The stories all show the impact of that on humans - and the demons who emerge from hell.

Each story is so well written as an individual piece, but the outstanding element of the anthology is how well the fourteen stories have been stitched together with linking pieces written by the editor. Instead of reading a group of separate stories on a theme, there is a distinct feeling of progression throughout the boo
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Michael Kellar
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As can be gathered from the book's description, this anthology links stories concerned with an attempt by Hell to invade Victorian Britain. It is divided into three
sections telling stories related to the early days in "Opening Shots", active combat in The Struggle", and finally "Days of Doubt". (Bridging text is provided by editor John Linwood Grant.)

In "The Battle of Alma" by Matthew Willis we have a witch who finds herself in the position of instructing the Navy in methods of combattin
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Lee Franklin
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding collection of stories and characters as Victorian Britain take on the forces of Hell itself.

Such a rich variety of characters and settings across Britain bring this book to life. Witches, Lounge Singers, Unbelieving Theologians and a neglected little girl are just a few that tame the demons ravaging Southern Coastlands to the Northern reaches. Each story brilliantly and coherently weaved together so that it reads as a novel rather than a collection.

I thoroughly enjoye
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Mark Moxley-Knapp
As a fan of alternative history but not a big supernatural story buff, I was leery of this one. But I liked one of the authors' previous works on other subjects, so I gave it a shot. And it was amazing. A wide variety of stories, with different settings and perspectives. And each interesting on its own, and fitting well into the storyline: Victorian England invaded by Hell. Intriguing characters, plenty of surprises, and accurate historical details combined to make this one I couldn't put down.
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John Grant is author of over eighty books, of which about twenty-five are fiction, including novels like The World, The Hundredfold Problem, The Far-Enough Window and most recently The Dragons of Manhattan and Leaving Fortusa. His “book-length fiction” Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His first story collection, Take No Prisoners, appeared in 2004. He is editor of the anthology New ...more