Two reviews of Daedalus and the Deep have now been published. The Founding Fields, a site dedicated to SF and fantasy fiction published its review in January 2014 and concludes that the novel ‘masterfully merges historical accuracy with exciting fantasy’.
‘For those already wondering from that brief description, no it’s not a Moby Dick story… It dodges most of the potholes which would draw direct comparisons, leaving it only with the general archetype of the tale. A move definitely for the better as it allows it to exist as its own entity, sticking mostly to its own strengths rather than simply aping famous elements of a major piece of literary history. That said, the books do share certain strengths. Chief among these is the author’s in depth knowledge of sailing of the era and descriptions of manning vessels of this time… it’s worked around the characters themselves allowing for the story to continually progress and establishment of the protagonist as the reader is given an idea of the world. It goes a considerable way to building up a sense of realism and being a genuine tale before finally moving into the fantastical elements’.
See the full review here (spoiler alert)
The Historical Novel Society published its review in November, stating that the reviewer ‘would recommend this novel as a fun read’
‘During the mid-1800s, after the wars between France and England have ended, the HMS Daedalus, led by an erratic captain named MacQuarrie, is sailing the South China Seas in search of ships involved in the illegal slave trade. During the voyage, a large sea creature is sighted. The captain feels strongly that by capturing the creature and bringing it back to England for study, he will become famous in the scientific community… This novel sits on the border between historical fiction and fantasy. Sea monsters were common sightings during the 1800s, although there has never been an event where a creature was stalked and then an attempt made to capture it. I found this book a fast-paced thriller with interesting characters’.
Read the full review here (spoiler alert)