Review: Skelos on HADON, KING OF OPAR

Issue #2 of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy includes an in-depth review by Deuce Richardson of Hadon, King of Opar. Here are a couple excerpts:

The novel begins with the simultaneous kidnapping of Lalila and a revolt within Opar, with Hadon locked out of the city. What follows is a breakneck tale of double-crosses, combat, secret passages and specters from Hadon’s past, all amidst the exotic, barbaric setting of ancient Opar. Readers of the previous Khokarsan novels know that PJF created an incredibly rich and interesting milieu for Hadon and others to adventure in. Christpher Paul Carey has the background down cold, never missing a step.

Carey keeps things rolling with clarity and a deft hand for characterization. The man knows how to write a fast-moving, entertaining book, just like his idols Burroughs and Farmer….

Christopher Paul Carey nails PJF’s style. It’s easy to see why Farmer chose this guy to continue the Opar legacy. We need more novels of flat-out grand adventure like this nowadays. Get out there and grab a copy.

Pick up Skelos Issue #2 to read the full review…and a lot of great fiction and articles!

Review: The British Fantasy Society on BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR

Dave Brzeski has reviewed Blood of Ancient Opar over at the British Fantasy Society website. Here are a couple excerpts:

I mentioned in that other review that this series would be well worth consideration as an epic Game of Thrones style TV show and this latest addition only confirms that. Political, religious intrigue, mass battles and downright awe-inspiring female characters. Hadon’s daughter, La is just sixteen years old, but she terrifies me. The author cleverly mixes her powerful presence with just enough inexperience to make her still seem human…

The writing, as always with Christopher Paul Carey is never less than exemplary. I’ve read few authors who can describe a fight, whether between two antagonists, or a mass battle, quite so vividly. He somehow manages to evoke the feel of each of his muses (H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer) without his style ever seeming archaic. I once described Christopher Paul Carey as the best writer currently working in the classic Heroic Fantasy genre. This book gives me no reason to alter that opinion.

Read the full review here.

Review: Paperback Perils on BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR

TBOAO-cover-small2he first review of Blood of Ancient Opar is here! Check out what Bill Adcock has to say about the book over at Paperback Perils. Here’s a sample:

Blood of Ancient Opar is one part thrilling adventure in the pulp tradition, one part exploration of human nature, and one part solemn family drama worthy of Kurosawa, and if another drop of ink is never expended on Opar, then no better capstone could be asked for than Blood of Ancient Opar.

Read the entire review here.

Blood of Ancient Opar releases from Meteor House in early August (you can pick up a copy a couple weeks before that at PulpFest in Columbus, Ohio) and can be preordered here.

Paperback Perils on THE SONG OF KWASIN

song-of-kwasin-200pixBill Adcock over at Paperback Perils has posted a review of the new Meteor House edition of The Song of Kwasin. From the review:

The Song of Kwasin is a triumph, a work of literary achievement that stands above your average fantasy novel or adventure tale, delivering a story that feels, if not true, then at least real. Khokarsa is alive in the way Middle-Earth and Westeros are not, with a richness and fullness that extends beyond being backdrop to heroic escapades, and the fact that Christopher Paul Carey has been able to expand upon Farmer’s original work and extend the legacy of Khokarsa is a treat not to be missed.

Read the full review here.

The Song of Kwasin releases this December from Meteor House.

Paperback Perils on EXILES OF KHO and “Iron and Bronze”

EOK-200pixPaperback Perils has recently reviewed both my novella Exiles of Kho (just released in a signed limited edition hardcover that is nearly sold out) and Win Scott Eckert’s and my short story “Iron and Bronze” (Kindle edition here; also collected in Tales of the Shadowmen: The Vampires of Paris).

From the review of Exiles of Kho:

If Exiles is typical of Christopher Paul Carey’s work, then I cannot wait to devour the rest of the books by him that I picked up at Pulpfest. He writes with a grace of style that carries the reader along as readily as the pulse-pounding adventure of the story itself does.

What jumped out at me most is the almost casual way in which he handles world-building; the world of Exiles is not the world of Hadon of Ancient Opar (though it is related), and Carey recognizes this and guides us into Lupoeth’s world with a turn of phrase here, a descriptor there; we’re not clubbed over the head with travelogue writing, which is something many writers cannot pull off… Here, Carey makes it look easy.

Read the full review here.

Iron and Bronze by Christopher Paul Carey and Win Scott EckertFrom the review of “Iron and Bronze”:

Chris and Win have really outdone themselves here. It’s challenging enough to write a cross over story featuring two preexisting characters and capture both their voices and present it well; Win and Chris have given us four preexisting characters – Ironcastle, Ardan/Savage, Antinea, and Harry Killer, aka Zanigew (as per the research of Rick Lai, readable here) and balanced their roles and presences perfectly, not allowing any one character to dominate the stage, so to speak. This is rather a lot like juggling four running chainsaws and not losing any fingers, and speaks volumes to both Chris and Win’s affection for the characters and combined pool of literary talent.

Read the full review here.

Also be sure to check out Paperback Perils’ reviews of some related works, such as for Philip Jose Farmer’s Time’s Last Gift and Hadon of Ancient Opar, as well as J. H. Rosny’s and Farmer’s Ironcastle.

Pulp Fiction Reviews on HADON, KING OF OPAR

Ron FortiHKOO-1er has reviewed Hadon, King of Opar over at Pulp Fiction Reviews. From the review:

Spinning a non-stop adventure tale, Carey’s pace never lets up and his easy, competent style allows readers to slip into this ancient, magnificent world he has so expertly brought back to life. Burroughs and Farmer would have been proud.

Read the full review here.

Review: The British Fantasy Society on HADON, KING OF OPAR

DaveHKOO-200pix Brzeski has reviewed my forthcoming book, Hadon, King of Opar, over at the British Fantasy Society website. From the review:

It struck me, while reading this volume, that it could be a firm contender for the next ‘Game of Thrones’ style TV show, what with all the political and religious intrigue and epic battle scenes. In keeping with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard, who were Farmer’s original inspirations for the series, there are abductions, miraculous escapes, betrayals, alliances and everything else one could wish for…

This book, the author’s best so far, cements his position as quite possibly the best writer currently working in the classic Heroic Fantasy genre.

Read the complete review here.

Hadon, King of Opar releases in August 2015. Preorder the book here.