*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
This was another great book in this post-apoc urban fantasy series. It had a fast-pace, page-turning action, likeable characters, lots of kick-butt women, deadly fae, and great writing that sucked me in.
One small issue I had though was that the plot was very linear, no subplots or extra complications. Even the initial mystery was fairly simple for Vince to solve. It’s not something that made the book bad, just an area where I think it could’ve been spiced up more. I admittedly got a little tired of fight scenes.
But on the bright side, I felt like Vince was more developed this time. I’m happy that I got more of a connection with him and got to know him a bit better. He’s a tough, take-no-shit, badass faerie when it comes to jerks who deserve it, but he cares about innocent victims and civilians and the people who fight beside him, which suits his cop background. He’s a bit hard-boiled and definitely not a pushover, but he’s not a total misanthrope. And every so often he cracks me up with his matter-of-fact-ness (like when he asked for his payment after that first angry ghost attack) and his particular brand of snark/banter (like in the quote below—which is from an ARC and may be different in the final copy).
“Oh, you’d be surprised at the things you can do if you put your mind to it.”
“Fuck you,” she muttered.
“And you also.”
I’m not connecting to this series quite as much as I do with Clara Coulson’s City of Crows series for some reason (normally I wouldn’t make a comparison like that, but they share so many similarities that I can’t help it), but this is still turning out to be a well-written, action-packed, and enjoyable urban fantasy series, and it’s got me gripped enough that I want to continue and see what happens to Vince next, especially since there seems to be some interesting stuff yet to come!
Fans of Book 1 in Clara Coulson's The Frost Arcana series. Anyone who likes urban fantasy, post-apoc settings, and fae.
“It was all fun and games until a vengeful ghost threw a washing machine at your head.”
Three weeks after his disastrous showdown with Abarta, Vincent Whelan is well on his way to recovering from the fight and putting the whole nightmare behind him. But when a standard stretch recovery job comes to an end with an angry ghost slinging heavy objects, Vince discovers a thread he left hanging has frayed beyond repair.
For almost two months, random people in Kinsale have been mysteriously vanishing. Now their shades, damaged by terrible deaths, have begun to plague the city. Spurred by the growing list of victims, Vince goes on the hunt for the person or creature responsible for the kidnappings. Only to get more than he bargained for when one of his own friends is snatched before his very eyes.
In a race against time, Vince puts together a ragtag team to venture into the Otherworld and rescue the remaining victims before they all succumb to a horrible fate. But the path to victory is fraught with peril, and the mastermind at the end of the road may just be unbeatable.
A vault protecting a powerful relic. Merciless enemies at every turn. And countless lives at risk.
All Vince wanted was a little peace and quiet. Now he’s got the fate of the world resting in his hands.
What Man Defies is the second novel of The Frost Arcana, an action-packed urban fantasy series set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Book Author: Clara Coulson
Publisher: Self Published
Series: The Frost Arcana
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: North Carolina, USA