Fantasy Novels

Review: Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire, by Dan Hanks

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire is the kind of book that you’re excited to come back to each night. The narrative is fueled by constant, unrelenting action, yielding a story that never lets up as it winds its way through time and a world that’s filled with monsters, both man and beast. It’s a delight to read with its entertaining action sequences and a protagonist whose sheer abilities to fight against evil are an inspiration from start to finish. I couldn’t recommend this book more highly.

The Pulp Feel

I’ve always loved pulp-style novels. They’re packed with action and character work, forcing the reader to race along on an adventure that’s typically reminiscent of Indiana Jones. There’s something about imagining a world like this, stuck in the post-WWII era and its technological limitations, that’s just exciting. The evils of Nazi Germany are still present, combined with supernatural forces that threaten to destroy the world. That kind of overwhelming conflict keeps you reading well into the night, leaving you with vivid imaginings of the world and its characters.

A Protagonist Worth Reading For

I absolutely love Captain Moxley. She’s a mix between Indiana Jones and MacGyver – no situation is too much for her to conquer. She can fly a plane, she can fight, she can outwit any of her foes who imagine themselves to be her equal. She has a deep love for her sister and for right versus wrong. Nothing seems to surprise her, allowing the readers to suspend our disbelief at the many wild events constantly revolving around her. This kind of novel requires a strong protagonist and Hanks has more than succeeded. 

Unrelenting Mysteries

Hanks does a great job of packing the book full of past and present mysteries that beg to be solved. We question Moxley’s past and how she became the legend that she is. We question her past involvement with this shadow organization that is clearly bent on destroying everything. We question where these creatures and supernatural forces come from. Above all, we question how one person can save the world from a group of evil people and monsters. There’s never a doubt that a resolution will come, thus building up Moxley’s legend with the turn of each page. 


To summarize, Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire is a compelling, action-packed read that is guaranteed to entertain and excite. I loved every page of it and look forward to more works from this talented author. 

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

By Dan Hanks
Published by Angry Robot
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages

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