Reviewed by Heather C
SERIES: Agamemnon Frost Trilogy
AUTHOR: Kim Knox
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death (Book One, Agamemnon Frost Trilogy)
BLURB: Liverpool, 1891
Decorated artilleryman Edgar Mason was forced to find new work when the British Empire replaced its foot soldiers with monstrous machines. Now he waits on the Liverpool elite as a personal servant. He has just one rule: he won’t work for fashion-addled dandies.
Agamemnon Frost, however, is far from the foppish man-about-town he appears to be. He’s working to protect the Earth from an alien invasion being planned by a face-changing creature known as Pandarus. And on the night he plans to confront the aliens, he enlists Mason to assist him.
For a man to love a man is a serious crime in Victorian England. But when Mason meets Frost, his heart thunders and his blood catches fire. And when Pandarus drags the two men into the torture cellars beneath his house of death to brainwash them, Mason’s new passion may be all that stands between him and insanity.
Okay, this was crazy!
The cover is what first drew my interest to this story, but when I originally read the blurb for this, I was immediately turned off by the Victorian England-slash-alien invasion concept. Then, something kept pulling me back to it over and over, and when I finally realized it would be a trilogy, I decided to give it a try.
It’s Liverpool in 1891, and Edgar Mason, a former soldier, has been hired for the night to play manservant to Agamemnon Frost, a well-dressed gentleman *cough* and guest at Sir Randolph’s dinner party. Mason soon realizes that ALL things aren’t what they seem and the two men soon find themselves on the run…from Martians!
I’m going to separate my review into parts: first half and second half…
For the first half, the entire first half, I was so lost and confused I almost gave up. There was a lot of “alien speak” and I couldn’t figure out what the other characters were going on and on about. Plus, all the Greek references were lost on me. I couldn’t visualize any of the alien contraptions, nor could I picture what the bad guys were doing to the MC. It was like all this was written for a higher level of intelligence and my measly, human brain could not comprehend the complexity of it. Like I said, it was a real struggle for me to continue reading.
Then, for the second half, like right AT the 50% mark, something changed, and all of a sudden, it was making sense and I was really interested in what was going to happen. The story was still crazy, but by then, it was a fun crazy in a creative and unique way. I now believe that the beginning was meant to be confusing and hard to follow, since we are getting the story from Mason’s third person POV, and not necessarily a poor execution from the author.
My favorite part of this story was the sexual tension between Mason and Agamemnon. There’s lots of heat there that I really hope will finally reach a climax in the next book. (Yes, I can’t wait to read it; I must find out what happens). I am really, really intrigued by Agamemnon and want to know more of his secrets; and I want to know what’s really going on in Mason’s head.
I’m giving this one 3 stars for the fact that it failed to hold my interest for a large part of the story.
Don’t let the historical aspects scare you if that’s not usually your thing, because the feel of the story is more science fiction, alternate universe.
Heather rates it –
Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships (Book Two, Agamemnon Frost Trilogy)
BLURB: Edgar Mason is ready to embark upon his new life at Agamemnon Frost’s side. But all is not perfect. His Martian overlord, Pandarus, has implanted a dark voice in his mind, a voice that urges betrayal. And though Mason can keep close to Frost, there’s little room for romance under the watchful gaze of the engineers from Station X.
That changes when Mason and Frost reopen their investigation into their old enemy’s whereabouts. Posing as double agents and investigating cryptic rumors of “hollow ships,” they find him impersonating a London banker and worm their way into his confidence.
But their success brings them trouble in spades. Pandarus takes them into the belly of his ships, where he plans to transfigure them into mindless automata. And with Earth on the brink of invasion, Frost’s old flame Theodora reappearing and Pandarus’s brainwashing growing more effective, Mason and Frost will find their bond tested as never before.
I’ve come to the conclusion that science fiction just might not be the genre for me.
So, Mason is still trying to adapt to his “changes” and is working as Frost’s valet, but now they are stuck at Station X and really can’t explore any of that unresolved sexual tension that’s been building up between them. Mason is also still struggling with the whispers in his mind that keep telling him that Frost is a traitor and urging him to report that to his master. Nestor decides that Mason and Frost need to go check out the “hollow ships” and see if they can find Pandarus. And that’s where things begin to fall apart…
I didn’t think it was possible, but this story was even more difficult for me to follow than the first one. I couldn’t picture ANYTHING that was happening to the characters or the setting around them. There were chambers, and spikes and ships made out of human skin…I think. It was all over the place! Mason kept thinking he was dying and then he would wake up and I would be even more lost. Then, I think there may have been some kind of time travel to an earth made of living skin…or was it dead skin? I have no idea because then it was gone…I think.
The sexual tension/romance was much more lacking here than in the first book. Previously, Frost was all ready to fuck Mason, and then when he finally has a chance, he turns him down! But not before giving Mason a hand job that I couldn’t even see in my head. And Mason keeps going on and on about how Frost needs to be with his former fiancée, Theodora, even though Frost has told him over and over that he wants Mason and not her.
I struggled reading this from the first page to the last, but I’m still going to read the third book to see how this mess ends.
Heather rates it –
PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: Agamemnon Frost and the Crown of Towers (Book Three, Agamemnon Frost Trilogy)
BLURB: Edgar Mason is losing Agamemnon Frost despite everything they’ve been through–the passion, the torture, the heat. Frost’s fiancée, Theodora, is back, and Mason can feel his lover gravitating toward her. Every day he sees them together, it tears at his heart.
Frost feels raw himself. His brother and sister-in-law are missing, and his guilt about failing to save Theodora from Pandarus eats at him. His feelings for Mason, whom he has put through hell twice already, just twist the screws tighter.
On top of that, Pandarus and the Martians are back to make their final push to Earth, and Frost and Mason are duty bound to fight them. People are vanishing. Bodies are turning up burned beyond recognition in the slums. The bleak, human-less future Frost and Mason saw in the hollow ships has nearly come to pass.
And in order to prevent it, each man will have to make a final choice: lose his lover or doom the world.
Probably my most favorite book of the series and the most coherent…for the most part.
After rescuing Theodora, Mason and Frost are now protecting her at Frost’s home, Greenbank Hall, and trying to keep the darkness in her mind from taking over. Then, Frost’s brother, Menelaus, and his wife go missing and Frost decides he must take action against Pandarus and discover what the puzzle of The Crown of Towers really is, and choosing between Mason or Theodora’s safety.
For about the first 75% of this book, I was really liking it and was able to follow what was going on. We get to see more of Frost’s vulnerabilities when it comes to the safety of Theodora; and Mason’s jealousy of Frost’s “engagement” to her. We also get to see a resolution to all the sexual tension between Mason and Frost…and it’s totally HOT!!
For the last 25% of the book and the big climax where earth is saved from the invading Martians, well, this is where I got confused again and I’m still not sure I understand what really happened. Somehow Mason was the brain of Pandarus’s ship and then Frost’s cravat pin somehow becomes the key to saving the world. Huh?
In the end, Mason and Frost are free from Pandarus and Theodora and can now live happily ever after.
So probably, this kind of science fiction just isn’t for me.
Heather rates it –
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