Review: “Pacific Fire” by Greg Van Eekhout

Pacific FirePacific Fire
Greg Van Eekhout
★★★½
Tor, 2015
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Greg Van Eekhout’s sequel to the grisly California Bones, picks up ten years later.

Warning – there be spoilers ahead….

Daniel has escaped LA, having killed the Hierarch and eaten his heart, along with the Hierarch’s young golem, Sam. They are wandering the Mohave Desert, afraid to put down roots, but soon the pull of LA returns.

The surviving osteomancers in LA are attempting to clone a dragon, which they plan to use to conquer Northern California, only Daniel and Sam can stop the dragon, but this may be a trap to lure them to Catalina Island.

dragon coastAnd when Daniel is nearly killed by assassins, Sam decides to shoulder the quest himself, accompanied by Emma, another young golem.

After the visceral thrills of California Bones, I was a bit let down by Pacific Fire. I missed the smog and cannibalism of LA through most of it, honestly. It did build to an electric ending, however, which has me anticipating the series finale, Dragon Coast, which hits stores in September.

Read my full review at “The Nameless Zine.”

—Michael Senft

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About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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