As the title states this is an excellent urban fatsy noir novel. Think what if Mike Hammer was a wizard. Be warned this not Dresden or Iron Druid. T..Show More »here are no cute pets or funny sidekicks, and no pop culture references.This is dark stuff and I love it!
If I didn't make it clear earlier, this is not for the kids. The whole thing starts around the murder of a porn starlet and spirals quickly into the dark from there. No one really gets a happy ending, although some do better than others. The story leaves a lot of room for future novels (Please write fast!) but ties up most loose ends by the end of the novel.
The narrator does a good job and has a fairly good range of distinctive voices. The only problem is he has one of the worst creole/Caribean accents ever. This is only is small problem though, and takes nothing away from the book.
The characters are well developed and fun to read. the world and magic system are left purposely vague. I usually like a better formed magic system for novels, but in this case it helps to maintain the myster of the series. If you like Dresden and Iron Druid this will be a much more dark, adult alternative for you. Don't miss this one.
Having read all of the Daniel Faust stories, having a 1.5 to go back to is awesome! The only downside to this story is that it is way too short. <..Show More »br/>Daniel is back to his antics. Which is weird because having read all of the previous books, I know his full story. To come back to right after book one, The Long Way Down, I had to change my thinking a bit. There are certain things that obviously have not happened yet and the Daniel Faust that I have come to know, is not quite this person. Still, he is amazing and I love hearing about him, no matter where in his time line!
That said, 150 pages is not enough for this story. It does add to the overall plot but was not one of my favorites. Maybe because of the time line and I know where things go. Either way, I did enjoy it. Craig Schaefer has a way of creating a mystery and although he peppers clues throughout, I am always surprised by the end. I am also always amazed how the end comes together. Much like his other books, there is so much happening that you may want to slow down the audio just to make sure you catch everything.
I definitely recommend to read them in order if possible, but if not, go back and take a listen to this. You will not regret the extra time with Daniel. As usual this was a ton of fun to listen to.
I was also very happy to see Adam Verner back for the narration! He did an impeccable job, as always. Having anyone else narrate Daniel would make me very uncomfortable! The audio was perfect. The tension from Adam Verner's voice is palpable. Well done!
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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This is the second book in this series. If you liked the first book you will like this one as well. I really enjoyed this book and the series as a who..Show More »le. I only have two minor complaints.
First, more Caitlin would have been nice. I understand the reasoning but the author needs to have more developed supporting characters in his stories and she's about the only major character in the book other than the protagonist.
Second, the series is most definitely low magic in nature. I don't mind that, but I would like to see the main character use his magic more. There were reasons for this as well, but it was the same in the first book so I am sensing a pattern here. It would be nice to see what the guy is really capable of doing. Also, while he is doing a great job of describing infernal issues and politics we really have no good explantaion as to how magic works in this world and what it can do. I am hoping he explores these issues in more detail in future books.
Other than that this is a great series and lots of fun to read. This is very dark, adult story so leave the kiddies at home for this one. This is much closer to a Mike Hammer protagonist than a Harry Dresden and that is good. The main character is more real, flawed and interesting than alot of the more recent batch of heroes in current urban fantasy novels. I like a small number of pop culture references but some series are getting out of hand. Mr Schaefer avoids this and some of the more cutesy items you see in other series. Good for him as it helps the reader focus more on the characters and what is happening.
The best part is this book has a lot of twists and turns to it. I read alot so often the plot of a book is clearly evident and you know where things are going to end up. It is nice to have a book that keeps you a bit more off balance. While this book does stand alone you will definitely benefit from checking out the previous book first if you haven't already done so. This one is worth a credit for certain.
This is starting to become my most favorite urban magic series to date and this book made sure for it to stay that way.
Overall it's an inter..Show More »esting change of pace compared to the first ones. You clearly see in this book that magic does not fix all problems, it helps, but you still need a lot of planning to pull things off. A fireball won't really help.