Frank Brinkley

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Radiant State

By Peter Higgins

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Radiant State opens with a rocket being launched into space, powered by the detonations of nuclear bombs – a ‘magazine of two thousand apricots, rack upon rack of potent solar fruits’. It’s watched by President-Commander of the New Vlast Osip Rizhin. Those who have read Wolfhound Century and Truth and Fear, the earlier books in Peter Higgins’s Wolfhound Century trilogy, will notice two things in particular: atomic power, which saved the Vlast at the eleventh hour in its war against the Archipelago, has been put to new uses; and Rizhin is now the Vlast’s supremo. Anyone who knew of his past life as Josef Kantor has, it appears, been eradicated. 

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