Find Out How Much I Enjoyed My Stroll ThroughThe Quantum Garden - By Derek Künsken
The Quantum Garden
Having thoroughly enjoyed The Quantum Magician, I was keen to discover how Derek Künsken would follow it up in The Quantum Garden. And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed.
Here’s what the cover reveals:
Days ago, Belisarius pulled off the most audacious con job in history. He’s rich, he’s back with the love of his life, and he has the Time Gates, the most valuable things in existence. Nothing could spoil this… except the utter destruction of his people and their world. To save them, he has to make a new deal with the boss he just double-crossed, travel back in time and work his quantum magic once again. If he can avoid detection, dodge paradox and stay ahead of the eerie, relentless Scarecrow, he might just get back to his own time alive.
This is one of those stories where the blurb does its job. It provides a hint – just a taster, mind – of what’s to come. And oh boy, when the main course hits you, it’s well worth the wait.
Now, I should point out straight away that this follow-up story isn’t about the con. It’s about facing the consequences of your actions. As such, it has a different flavor entirely to our first outing. Especially when you remember those consequences are triggered after rubbing the wrong peoples’ noses in the dirty. Yes, it’s payback time. And as Belisarius discovers, the cost is exceedingly high. So high, in fact, that he witnesses the eradication of the homo quantus as a species.
And that’s only the beginning of the reprisals, because he also finds himself marked as galactic enemy #1 and the top of a hate list that will bring tears to your eyes.
So what is he to do?
Well, don’t forget he has the time gates. But how to unravel a mess of gargantuan proportions without compromising the timeline and history itself, AND while simultaneously avoiding highly trained assassins who will commit any atrocity to see you dead?
In an amazingly structured and entertaining manner. That’s how.
And I’ve got to say I was most impressed.
Künsken relies heavily on the principles of theoretical physics to make his story arc work. Fortunately he does so in a remarkably uncomplicated way that keeps this adventure extremely entertaining. A significant feat, especially when you realize his main character, Belisarius Arjona, isn’t out to con anyone. Oh no. This is a lesson about facing consequences. About morality. About duty and honor, and putting personal vendettas aside for the greater good. About accepting responsibility for your actions and moving on and trying to make the best of the situation. (You’ll see just how deeply those threads run as you read the story). There are some remarkable surprises and OMG moments that will keep you guessing right down to the end.
The Quantum Garden. A profoundly entertaining trip down ‘possible’ memory lanes.