Majestrum (Henghis Hapthorn Series #1)

Majestrum (Henghis Hapthorn Series #1)

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by Matthew Hughes
     
 

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When Hapthorn is hired by Lord Afre to investigate the motives of his daughter's new companion, a young man of indeterminate circumstances, he takes the job expecting it to allow him the opportunity to explore and understand his changing universe. Little does Henghis Hapthorn realize, but the path of discovery will lead to deeper questions, a mysterious assignment

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When Hapthorn is hired by Lord Afre to investigate the motives of his daughter's new companion, a young man of indeterminate circumstances, he takes the job expecting it to allow him the opportunity to explore and understand his changing universe. Little does Henghis Hapthorn realize, but the path of discovery will lead to deeper questions, a mysterious assignment from the Archon himself, and the ancient and powerful secret name... Majestrum!

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Publishers Weekly
This start to a promising new far-future series (after 2005's The Gist Hunter) introduces Henghis Hapthorn, a sleuth who combines the confident brilliance of Sherlock Holmes with the amusing voice of P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster, in a fantastical mystery reminiscent of Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy novels. Hapthorn is a discriminator-what freelance detectives are called in his baroque world-who's drawn into political intrigue after receiving an apparently simple commission to vet a young man with designs on an aristocrat's daughter. An odd duo aids Hapthorn on his quest: his integrator, an artificial intelligence that has somehow become a furry frugivorous animal that perches on his shoulder, and Hapthorn's alternate personality, which split off during an earlier "transdimensional" voyage and operates according to intuition rather than analysis. Hughes's successful blend of magic, the supernatural and high-tech with Sherlockian deductions (and cryptic observations straight out of Doyle's canon) suggests a long life for Hapthorn. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597800891
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
08/08/2007
Series:
Henghis Hapthorn Series , #1
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
496,773
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Majestrum 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable hybrid of mystery, sci fi, fantasy, and regency era-ish expression!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imaginative, entertaining, thought provoking--the perfect trifecta of specfic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is a bit too elaborate. Somewhat similar to Jack Vance, but here the author maintaints the same degree of floweriness throughout.