The Spiral Tattoo
Elanore, the eight-foot tall troll, and Gurt, the six-inch tall (don't you dare call me a fairy) Eleinu, both guardsmen in the city of Delvenport, tackle their most baffling case yet. When they find a dead waitress, naked except for an intricate tattoo in a spiral across her body, they're launched into an adventure in the s...more
Thankfully the rest of the novel is in the best tradition of unlikely crime fighting duos combining their mismatched abilities to solve a crime and kill all the baddies. It just happens to be trolls, elves and the like who are dealing drugs / picking fights / trying to police the city.
I enjoyed the first person narration. The passages where...more
Hints at a larger world and a complex history, without making us drink from the bucket-o-exposition, and I always appreciate that.
One of the small things I enjoyed was how Gurt, the don't-call-me-a-pixie, goes ahead and does something that he knows he'll regret. Real people do that.
This was an interesting novel, with an interesting premise, but I just didn’t care for it all that much. The writing was good, the characters were well done, but I never really connected with the story itself. Honestly, I don’t know why this is. I love first person narration, and Parry delivers just that in this novel. I enjoyed the characterization—both Gurt and Elanore have very human characteristics and they deal with real life pro...more
This is the first novel from Michael J Parry, based on a story originally released as a serial podcast, and it’s great; reading like a blend of Terry Pratchett and Kim Harrison, with fast paced action, witty dialogue and an interesting storyline.
The Spiral Tattoo is a fantasy murder mystery, not quite urban fantasy, but has a similar feel, set in a more traditional fantasy...more
The first person perspective is not my favourite, I'd rather have a mix of first and third, but really liked it was from the perspective of a crime fighting fairy who can fly and do magic, something I've never read before. Would like to know more about coping as a tiny being in a land of giants.
The editing was very good, the pacing about right.
As others have said, a map would be good, especially if more tales are to be set in the city.
I'd like to know more about th...more
When I am not writing, I live on a small block of land in the Tararua district of New Zealand, where me and my partner grow trees and our children. To earn a crust I work in a University library as the Digital Initiatives Librarian. I love social media, and use it as...more