For the city of Hope, stability is a memory. Counseled by Lord Denon, the leader of the Church, Vel, the new and very reluctant young king, has unintentionally prompted a bloody civil war. Pounded by an unrelenting winter and faced with diminishing food supplies, the city of Hope is carved into a battleground.
In the midst of shifting alliances, Vel relies on Lord Denon and General Wunic-his military adviser-to help him end the conflict. But the situation deteriorates. The only hope is a cache of food reportedly stockpiled by the mysterious Frill in the abandoned ruins south of the city.
Against the backdrop of social and political anarchy and widespread starvation, Vel must make the dangerous journey to the ruins and make contact-and come to terms with-the Frill.
What Vel finds instead is a powerful kind of computer-based portal into the future. A late-twenty-first-century future controlled by a brilliant but ruthless terrorist known only as Blakes. But what is the link between Blakes-a cold-blooded mass murderer from the future-and the conflict devastating Hope?
Vel must find the answer. And fast. Time is running out. For Hope. And for Vel. Harsh snowdrifts bury the dead, loyalties have become strained. Vel must face the horror not only of Hope's past, but of its future.
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About the Author
Stephen Chambers began his first novel, Hope's End, as a high school senior and completed it after attending the prestigious Odyssey Writing conference at New Hampshire College.
He is currently enrolled at the University of Chicago.
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Still a teenager, Vel hesitantly accepts the crown that makes him king of Hope. Unused to this role in any sense though being a former con man helps, Vel turns to the Lord of the Church Denon for advice. However, the monarchy leads Vel to new problems as a rebellion is multiplied by a nasty winter depleting food supplies. Vel journeys to the Frill, alien enemies with an alleged food supply, to make peace and trade. Instead, Vel meets Blakes, a clone of the English poet William Blake living inside a computer. Blakes once used Hitler methods to try to conquer Earth and subsequently was exiled to this planet. Still, he is Vel¿s only hope to provide sound advice without his unseemly ambition strong enough to take the throne away from the lad. Though clearly a middle book plot (nothing of significance is resolved), HOPE¿S WAR is an entertaining speculative fiction tale that examines the relativity of good and evil. The key characters (Vel, Blakes, and Denon) are multidimensional and the latter two retain qualities from the first novel (see HOPE¿S END). Though the support cast contains no meaningful depth, fans will delight in Stephen Chamber¿s latest novel and hope the next book comes out rather soon. Harriet Klausner