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Darkness Descending (Darkness 2) (edition 2001)

by Harry Turtledove

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Title:Darkness Descending (Darkness 2)
Authors:Harry Turtledove
Info:Earthlight (2001), Edition: New Edition, Paperback, 608 pages
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This is the Turtledove alternate history of WWII with the flying dragons, not the lizard men? Okay, in this volume we get up to the equivalent of 1942 on our Earth, with the bad guys being held to a draw, with the signs of eventual success. It's readable. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 5, 2014 |
As this series continues, it continues to parallel the history of World War 2. Small nations have been engulfed and ethnic cleansing begins. The story continues on both the ground and the air, but most of the action is from the point of view of aerial troops - in this case, dragon riders who both fight their dragons and drop explosive 'dragon eggs'. This was interesting, but because of the lack of technology, it felt static, and in places Turtledove has to cheat, as it is a lot harder to replace a lost dragon than it is a lost airplane, for example. ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 3, 2013 |
This is the second book in this excellent series. I spent the entire time trying to match the fictional countries of Turtledove's universe to the powers which were actually involved in WW2. I got most of them.
I got very attached to many of the characters, even those I didn't believe I could become attached to. Very well written war story, though the love scenes could have been much better. ( )
  krystamcd | Jul 10, 2007 |
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In recent years, Harry Turtledove has specialized in alternate-history novels in which World War II, say, is grimly complicated by the arrival of invading alien reptiloids; the fantasy sequence that started with Into the Darkness and continues with Darkness Descendingis a powerful demonstration that it is human malice, not military technology, that we have to fear. Broadly speaking, the sequence replays World War II with magical fantasy empires in place of the participants we know; there are analogies between the fiercely militarist kingdom of Algarve and the Third Reich, just as the dangerous paranoid who rules the rival empire of Unkerlant has much in common with Joseph Stalin. There is a Manhattan project making military use of the underlying rules of magic, a particularly vicious version of the Holocaust, and a large cast of vividly realized viewpoint characters--Unkerlant's principal general, an Algarvian dragon pilot, various confused civilians--caught in the wheels of history. Turtledove provides some worryingly thoughtful material here about power and its consequences; his bleak use of stock fantasy images in a developed military contex--screaming unicorns caught in firestorms--is coarse-grained but unforgettable. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk

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