*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.