“A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.” – Amy Lowell
Mr. Agamemnon Frost is not at all the man he appears to be. On the surface one would say he’s a bit of a fop, fastidious in his outward appearance, perhaps a little shallow and, for all intents and purposes, somewhat eccentric.
Edgar Mason is an ex-soldier who’s become a manservant because it’s the only way he’s found to make a living, though the competition is fierce for the limited number of positions available to a good man who knows how to serve. Mason has very few rules, but one he’d always stood firm on was that he refused to serve the poncy, pompous dandies in the ruling class. Well, tough and competitive times have forced him to give up on that particular rule of engagement, so when he ends up being employed to serve as Agamemnon’s valet for a dinner party he must swallow his misgivings and soldier through the evening. Little could Mason have predicted, however, that he’d find a mysterious and complex man behind the façade, or that he’d be so incredibly attracted to the enigma that is Agamemnon Frost. Or that when he accepted the assignment, he’d become an unwitting pawn in a deadly play.
There’s something otherworldly and altogether dangerous afoot at Sir Randolph Cadwallader’s soiree, and Agamemnon coerces Mason’s participation in a game that does nothing but prove Frost isn’t altogether sane. Frost knows the consequences of this farce but practices subterfuge for the greater good, making a regrettable sacrifice of Mason in the process and dragging the man into a war he wasn’t even aware was being fought, a maneuver that proves unfortunate for Mason and brings about a near-fatal betrayal of Frost.
Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death is a fun and fantastical adventure that I could easily give away far too much of. This installment in the series is a blend of dark danger, insidious enemies, a diabolical master, and imagination galore, the beginning of what I hope will be many more installments to come. Kim Knox has delivered a story that’s a little steampunk, a little sci-fi, a lot of action and some out-of-this-world threats, and then has set the story in Victorian England to make it just that much more interesting. This all comes together to create a world I can’t wait to dig a little deeper into, complete with two men I can’t wait to get to know better. Because, let me assure you, there’s absolutely nothing common about either of them.
If you love steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, or all of the above, I’d definitely recommend getting to know Agamemnon and Mason yourself.
Reviewed by: Lisa
“What’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?” ― James Patterson
Agamemnon Frost and Edgar Mason are designed to look human, are expected to behave like humans, and they succeed in the human roles they’ve been assigned by their master. But, they are far from human, more instruments of deception than they are men, more machine than flesh and blood, controlled, manipulated and used by an entity that demands nothing less than unquestioning loyalty and physical perfection. He is alien, he is evil, he is ruthless, and he will never let these men escape the lives he’s dragged them into.
Frost’s fiancé was killed, collateral damage in the war Station X has waged against an invading force that seems poised to destroy humans and take over the Earth. In reality, however, Ms. Theodora Cadwallader had been lost long before her body disappeared, which leads Agamemnon to believe there may be reason to search for her. After, of course, he finds the man whose body Pandarus has invaded, since the shell that was Sir Randolph Cadwallader is no longer a viable smokescreen.
Where does this leave Mason, who is battling the dark voice in his head that demands he betray Frost for the traitor he is, when the one person who can silence that voice is Frost himself? What’s a man to do when he’s fallen in love with someone who will never love him in return, but that someone is the one person Mason needs more than any other to keep him connected to his humanity? What’s a man to do when he is the one Frost needs just as much to keep his inner demons in check? What is real and what is a convenience? What is duty and what is desire? These are the questions that Kim Knox has left unanswered and they are the reason I will be following this series until its end.
Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships, Book Two in the “Agamemnon Frost” series is nothing short of an outstanding adventure, filled with action and suspense, a battle of good and evil, characters who have been cybernetically altered in an age when the concept of electricity was still in its infancy. It is a place where time and space are bent and altered, and features a relationship that is more symbiotic than romantic but is nevertheless one I’m completely invested in seeing through to either the end or the beginning, whichever direction Kim Knox decides to take these two men.
I’ve not only found a new author to be excited about but a new series as well. If you consider yourself a bit of a sci-fi geek, are more than a little crazy for steampunk, and love an all-around great read that engages both your brain and your feels, I can’t recommend this series highly enough!
Reviewed by: Lisa