The Middle Kingdom - David Wingrove Now past the prequels, The Middle Kingdom begins about 100 years where Daylight on Iron Mountain left off. A new cast of characters is introduced. The legacy of the main characters from the prequels is so muted I’m not sure there was much point in learning about them. It takes awhile to get a feel for who is relevant in this new cast, but it starts to come together well at the end. Anyway, this is a massive and respectable undertaking by Wingrove and I will patiently wait and see how this all plays out.


In my review for Daylight, I questioned why Wingrove did not use Pinyin. Coincidentally, at the back of this book, Wingrove provides an explanation for his use of the Wade-Giles phonetics. He believes it is a more elegant, softer and poetic system. Since he put it that way, I see it as well.