Hambling’s War of the God Queen was a relatively new look at the Cthulhu Mythos for me that not only worked, but was great at using the Mythos as a background piece of the plot without taking away from the very character driven story.
The story follows Jessica, who is thrown into the past while fighting the dread beast Cthulhu himself. I loved the portrayal as R’yleh as something more than just a location on Earth, but also as solid thing throughout time.
Jessica lands in tribal times where that same tunnel through time has also been regurgitating Lovecraftian beasts that have been kidnapping woman for breeding purposes.
She’s forced to convince tribal leaders that not only can she help, but that also being a woman isn’t something that’s a hinderance to her aid. She has to learn the language, their way of life, and how to survive in those old times while trying to figure out how to get past the monsters and climb back through the hole through time that she fell through and get back home.
My favorite thing about this story was the anthropological look at the people and Jessica’s integration. While a lot of the people she’s with see her as a goddess from on high come to save them from their demons, the rest tend to see her as a political tool, or push aside religious iconography to accept her as a person with more knowledge than they have.
Additionally, the entire story reads like an epic Hambling adventure akin to Harry Stubbs, with it being evident that Hambling did his research.
I’m a huge fan of this book and can’t see where else David takes this world that he’s been building.
5 out of 5 stars!