When Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, our favourite metanatural, scores a dirigible from her beloved adopted vampire father, she and a motley crew head off to India to source the perfect blend of tea. Naturally she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and just as naturally she manages to prevail against the odds.
Publisher: Orbit Books
Jessica McClain is special. She’s the only female werewolf in existence and her mere presence is enough to send the wolves into a frothing frenzy. A mercenary hunts her down but he’s hot so Jessica decides being rescued isn’t in her best interests. Cue some cheesy dialogue and the kind of plot we’ve seen time and time again.
Our intrepid human travel guide Zoe quickly discovers there is something rotten in the state of New Orleans. Zoe and her band of coterie get drawn into another mess involving zealots, zoetists and zombies. In order to stay alive, Zoe must get to know the spirit of New Orleans and try not to avoid all the good advice coterie give her.
I made a mistake. I read Jim Butcher’s Storm Front and then Fated. The similarities between the two are very easy to spot. While I can appreciate that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Alex Verus and his adventures should be able to stand alone and not as part of Butcher’s world. Or to put it more simply, if I wanted to read a Butcher book I would and I wouldn’t muck around with a pastiche. Despite this and some plot quibbles, I did enjoy Fated.
Harry Dresden is the only Wizard P.I. listed in America and he walks the mean streets of Chicago solving paranormal cases. He consults for the Chicago police force who bring him in to help solve a nasty double murder that was done using magic. The police suspect him of being responsible given the skill it would take to perform such a deed and the real killer has started targeting him. Can life get any worse? Sure, he also has to find a missing husband who recently became interested in the occult.
So a blonde and a vampire walked into a bar and the bartender said… When I read the title of chapter one I groaned as it sounded like the start of a bad joke but fortunately, Charming is anything but. Our hero John Charming is not your average bartender. He comes from a long line of Charmings who apart from (one imagines) being charming, actually protect a thing called the Pax Arcana. Trouble is brewing in his neck of the woods and the sexy Valkyrie Sig persuades him to lend a hand.
The Shambling Guide to New York City is a great debut novel from Mur Lafferty. Zoe has moved back to New York City trying to put a disastrous relationship behind her. She winds up working for a supernatural publisher writing a guide book to the Big Apple for monsters coterie (they find the term ‘monsters’ offensive). I’ve worked at jobs where management tries to suck you dry but for Zoe, this could literally happen as her boss is a vampire. There is something wrong in the state of New York and Zoe has to be on her toes in […]
It has been a massive journey to get to the final novel in the Parasol Protectorate series – at times a delight and other times like a slog. This novel takes place a couple of years after Heartless which should have given Carriger plenty of plot fodder. Unfortunately there isn’t much of one. It is still worthwhile wrapping up the series but it doesn’t have the same oomph that the earlier books did. The focus of this novel is Prudence, Alexia & Connell’s daughter rather than Alexia. She is able to take on the characteristics of any supernatural that […]
Alexia is back to investigating unnatural supernatural events and as usual, chaos ensues. She may be eight months pregnant but when a ghost warns her someone is after Queen Victoria, Alexia puts her monarch’s life before that of her unborn child. I am still invested in the series but what once had me chortling now only elicits a smile. The majority of this novel centres around the new breed of secondary characters and not really saving Queen Vic’s life. Alexia has forgiven Connall but I have not so their behaviour doesn’t really set my heart aflame. My beloved Lyall […]
Life is rough for our dynamic duo. Alexia’s condition has caused her husband to cruelly reject her and Queen Victoria to turn her nose up at her (as only she can). To top it off, she is attacked by maniacal mechanical ladybugs. This is far too much for a lady to bear and she toddles off to Italy to hunt down the Templars. Lord Maccon on the other hand drinks himself into a stupor and we don’t see too much of him. I couldn’t really find myself mourning this loss because Professor Lyall steps in and rallies the pack. […]