Dagon Reviews The Hidden Face by S. C. Flynn

Today’s post is written by Dagon, head of the Clovian dynasty, who were once emperors of Faustia. Here he is, as first shown in “The Hidden Face”:

Dagon, head of the Clovian dynasty, looked out over the moonlit hills and ran his twisted fingernails over the gold bees stitched into his robe, enjoying the scraping sound. A light breeze ruffled his long hair. His hand rested on a golden bull’s head standing on a table next to him. The world outside was peaceful for now. One day, there would be war again, before a long-lasting peace: the peace of the Second Clovian Empire.

The voices of his ancestors rang in his ears yet again. Always the same questions. When? When? How much longer must we wait?

‘It will not be long now,’ Dagon said. ‘The power that was once yours will soon be ours again.’

So you always say. Yet still we wait. No one deserves the favour of the Sigel more than us.

And here is Dagon’s view on the novel:

Yes, there will be war before our peace, but I, Dagon of the Clovians, must condemn this story.

A book of thieves written by a lover of thieves.

My ancestors are outraged by this book, and rightly so. It focuses almost entirely on the thief emperor Calvo and his followers, with our dynasty given only a minor role.

The Sigel chose us to rule. No one can change this.

As the ancestors say, the sun god chose us centuries ago to rule the Faustian empire. The thief Calvo’s father stole the throne from us, but the Sigel will restore us to our proper place. The next book will no doubt show our return to power, but this one spends too much time on the adventures, love lives and mystery solving of other characters. Some may find all this exciting and intriguing, but we wish only to see the story of our eventual victory.

A book without respect for us and our past.

We also hate the depiction of an ancestor’s tomb for the entertainment of readers. The magical objects, star charts and piles of golden bees are presented to satisfy the curious, without regard for our traditions; to present these things to the masses is desecration.

Our time will come again.

When the throne is ours, the emperor thief Calvo and his supporters will pay the price.


About the Author

S. C. Flynn was born in a small town in South West Western Australia. He has lived in Europe for a long time; first the United Kingdom, then Italy and currently Ireland, the home of his ancestors. He still speaks English with an Australian accent, and fluent Italian.

He reads everything, revises his writing obsessively and plays jazz. His wife Claudia shares his passions and always encourages him.

S. C. Flynn has written for as long as he can remember and has worked seriously towards becoming a writer for many years.

THE HIDDEN FACE is his second novel and the first book in the Fifth Unmasking series.

S. C. Flynn blogs at www.scflynn.com. He is on Twitter @scyflynn and on Facebook.

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About the Book

by S. C. Flynn

A face without a face - an unmasking that leaves the mask.

Once every few hundred years, the sun god, the Akhen takes on human form and descends to earth. Each Unmasking of the Face of the Akhen ends one era and begins another; the last one created the Faustian Empire. Where and when will the Face next appear, and who will he – or she – be?

Dayraven, son of a great hero, returns to Faustia after years as a hostage of their rivals, the Magians. Those years have changed him, but Faustia has changed as well; the emperor Calvo now seems eccentric and is controlled by one of Dayraven’s old enemies. Following the brutal death of his old teacher, Dayraven is drawn, together with a warrior woman named Sunniva, into the search for an ancient secret that would change the fate of empires.

Powerful enemies want the secret as well, including a dynasty of magician-kings who were thought to have died out long before, a mad, murderous hunchback and a beautiful, deadly woman who is never seen. Sunniva and Dayraven fight to survive and to solve the mystery while their own pasts come back to life and the attraction between them deepens.

The Hidden Face is a fantasy mystery drenched in the atmosphere of the Early Middle Ages and in Kabbalistic riddles, and is the first book in the Fifth Unmasking series.


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