Land of Hope and Glory - Book One
It is 1852. The Indian empire of Rajthana has ruled Europe for more than a hundred years. With their vast armies, steam-and-sorcery technology and mastery of the mysterious power of sattva, the Rajthanans appear invincible. But a bloody rebellion has broken out in a remote corner of the empire, in a poor and backward region known as England.
At first Jack Casey, retired soldier, wants nothing to do with the uprising, but then he learns his daughter, Elizabeth, is due to be hanged for helping the rebels. The Rajthanans will spare her, but only if Jack hunts down and captures his best friend and former army comrade, who is now a rebel leader. Jack is torn between saving his daughter and protecting his friend. And he struggles just to stay alive as the rebellion pushes England into all-out war.
“This impressive debut fuses fantasy with alternate history, reversing the British Empire's conquest of India ... The mix of Arthurian legend and Hindu mysticism make this breakneck-paced adventure a rich and engaging read.”
- Publishers Weekly
“What I enjoy most about reading is that sometimes you stumble upon a book that really draws you in. Time becomes meaningless and you put aside the real world just to finish the story. Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson was one those books for me.”
- Alternate History Weekly Update
“Land of Hope and Glory is an exciting debut ... Geoffrey Wilson has to be lauded for his imagination and storytelling skills.”
- Fantasy Book Critic
“... it is a magnificently rich story as the author spends just as much time on his alternate world as he does on his characters plus his battle scenes are simply marvellous.”
- Fantasy Book Review
“... my expectations have been fulfilled 100 per cent. But beyond my expectations I got so much more ...”
- Edi's Book Lighthouse
“Land of Hope and Glory will dazzle your imagination, and fascinate you with Wilson's spin on a volatile, poignant period of history.”
- Bookworm Blues