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reads more like a Victorian historical novel than a rewriting of history

In 1878, comets strike the earth broadside. The debris in the atmosphere causes a seemingly endless winter while the oceans flood the coasts. The civilizations of the Northern Hemisphere collapse. English Prime Minister Disraeili and Queen Victoria lead a mass migrat...
In 1878, comets strike the earth broadside. The debris in the atmosphere causes a seemingly endless winter while the oceans flood the coasts. The civilizations of the Northern Hemisphere collapse. English Prime Minister Disraeili and Queen Victoria lead a mass migration to the Indian subcontinent.

In 2025 the world contains two superpowers and several other smaller empires struggling for global domination. The Angrezi Raj, as the British Empire is now known, centers in Delhi, India. It primarily vies with the Russias for supremacy. Though the empire includes numerous races and religions, most live in harmony with one another, but the world as a whole is as dangerous as it ever has been. Two independent assaults occur on twins Peshawar Lancer Athelstane King and astronomer Cassandra King. Neither understands why someone would want them dead, but another attempt occurs. Based on the vision of a true dreamer, Russian Count Vladimir Ignatieff has foretold that the deaths of the Kings would begin the end of the British Empire. However, Athelstane will not sit idly by and just wait for his assassin to succeed.

THE PESHAWAR LANCERS is vivid detailed look at the late nineteenth century Indian subcontinent. The story line is deep and provides much insight, but fans of alternate history must understand that the plot reads more like a Victorian historical novel than a rewriting of history leading to a different future. SM Stirling shows his ability to paint quite a vivid tale of intrigue that will excite historical novel readers and those alternate history aficionados who relish a twenty-first century Victorian age.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fast Paced Romp

The Peshawar Lancers is another alternate history offering from S. M. Stirling. It is based on the premise that a large meteor shower struck Earth in 1878, halting technological development and creating years of winter and starvation, especially in the Northern Hemisph...
The Peshawar Lancers is another alternate history offering from S. M. Stirling. It is based on the premise that a large meteor shower struck Earth in 1878, halting technological development and creating years of winter and starvation, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. With the help of the British merchant fleet, a large portion of the population of England relocated to British India. Fast forward to the 21st century, India is the center of the British Empire, France rules southern Europe and North Africa, and Russia has become an evil empire ruled by ritual-cannibalistic Satan worshippers. The other major world powers are Dai-Nippon (Japan and China) and the Caliphate (an Arab-based Muslim nation that stretches up through eastern Europe). Athelstane King, an Imperial army officer, and his scientist sister Cassandra have mysteriously become the targets for assassination. They must overcome their many attackers and solve the mystery of why they are targets. During this action filled romp across British India, the Kings pull several other nteresting characters into their quest, including the royal heir, Prince Charles, his sister Sita, the French ambassador, Henri de Vascogne, and a Russian seerist. Stirling's descriptions of the technology, geography and cultures of this alternate world are detailed and fairly believable. The action sequences are good and the story moves along at a fair clip, but I never really connected with the characters. They all seem a bit too clich├ęd and don't seem to evolve during the course of the story. The villains are very bad indeed, the heroes are brave, the royalty is noble, and the sidekicks are trusty. It might be more enjoyable for someone who likes Edwardian style novels or the Kipling British Raj stories.

posted by Anonymous on June 10, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Very enjoyable!

    As a subject of HRH Queen Elizabeth, this book may have had more interest for me than other reviewers: interesting premise, facinating twist on "The Great Game", and very well written. I had dreams about this alternate future for months after reading the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2002

    IF YOU ENJOY ALTERNATE HISTORY, YOU WANT THIS BOOK!

    S.M. Stirling follows up his outstanding 'Islanders' series with another outstanding 'alternate' history novel. If you enjoy good plots, great character development, a twisty plot line, and a fast moving adventure, then you'll love this book. Mr.Stirling blends some of Kipling's style, some of Doyle's plot elements, and a unique style all his own in this adventure set in a universe in which the British Empire is alive and well with the Imperial Capital in India. As you turn the last page, you'll wish it were longer, or that the sequel was immediately to hand.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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