The Spiral Labyrinth: A Tale Of Henghis Hapthorn
by Matthew Hughes
Review by Terry Weyna
Night Shade Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597800914
Date: 01 September 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Hapthorn's voice might be annoying, but his story is worth reading.
In Matthew Hughes's last several books about the discriminator Henghis Hapthorn, The Gist Hunter and Other Stories and Majestrum, we have watched Hapthorn reluctantly becoming accustomed to the idea that his logical world of cause and effect is slowly giving way to one where magic, not science, is the foundation of the cosmos. In The Spiral Labyrinth, he is given a hard shove forward into the time when the poles have reversed, moved by detested magic several centuries forward and suddenly confronted with evil wizards and their colorful dragons. Worse yet, the alter ego with whom he shares a brain, Osk Rievor, has abandoned him; Rievor appears to have been captured by a powerful magician, leaving Hapthorn to contend alone with forces he can barely comprehend.From official release/information:
Book Description: It was bad enough when Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth's foremost discriminator and die-hard empiricist, had to accept that the cosmos was shortly to rewrite its basic operating system, replacing rational cause-and-effect with detestable magic. Now he finds himself cast forward several centuries, stranded in a primitive world of contending wizards and hungry dragons, and without his magic-savvy alter ego. Worse, some entity with a will powerful enough to bend space and time is searching for him through the Nine Planes, bellowing "Bring me Apthorn!" in a voice loud enough to frighten demons.
(Source: Night Shade Books)