[REVIEW] The Shadow Runners – Liz Maverick

Liz Maverick
The Shadow Runners (2176, Book 3)
Dorchester Love Spell (US: June 2004)
Buy (UK)

Welcome to futuristic Australia, part-penal colony and part-dumping ground. This concept had a big impact when I encountered it a few years ago. I knew the execution could never live up to the premise I idealised, but I still looked forward to this.

The world-building definitely meets my expectations, particularly the mysterious Parliament which consists of folk who claim to have been aristocrats in their former countries. The group definitely has an historical feel to them, which is rather strange in a futuristic, but nonetheless welcome. I’m not a fan of historicals, but the ones I like tend to involve opium and/or madness. Why? They make for more interesting plots than the same-old class battles. And The Shadow Runners does indeed feature opiate use, though I wasn’t expecting it. Yay for surprise!opium 🙂

The novel’s rather enjoyable, until the characters set off for the outback. Action and psychological issues are aplenty there, but I just didn’t connect with it.

The Shadow Runners may not be as good as The Legend of Banzai Maguire, but it sure beats Day of Fire. (One would’ve thought I’d love futuristic Canada, but the characters just didn’t work for me.)

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