This is the kind of book that you read with Google readily available. Because when one character says "Hey there's a website that couples can use to f...moreThis is the kind of book that you read with Google readily available. Because when one character says "Hey there's a website that couples can use to find more wives. Check it out," so you do. Or when one character says "Brigham Young looks like a young Russell Crowe." So you check that too, for fun. Or just to see if this amazing Ann Eliza Young was indeed REAL (she was) and if she really did get excommunicated from the Latter-Day Saints church (she did) for running away from Brigham Young and filing for divorce in 1873 because she didn't want to be "the nineteenth wife" (true again...except she was probably more like wife #53.)
This book is jam-packed with information about the culture of the "Firsts", a sect of Mormonism that still claims polygamy and still thrives. In the United States. The author uses a (fictional) modern-day murder mystery to weave into the history of polygamy and Ann Eliza so there are alternating chapters and viewpoints. It's all done very well.
I like the protagonist, Jordan Scott, a lot. I like his amateur detective work to help his mother (a plural wife herself) clear her name as a murderess. I would very much read a series of Jordan Scott books where he and Elektra solve different crimes. (less)
Picked up on a whim, on a e-suggestion by my e-library. What saves this story is the prose. Kevin Hearne writes very bloggy, very modern. He doesn't f...morePicked up on a whim, on a e-suggestion by my e-library. What saves this story is the prose. Kevin Hearne writes very bloggy, very modern. He doesn't fill the pages with pretty language and dialect. Even the ancient gods and goddesses sound like they just crossed the local university campus and are trying to fit in. But it's okay, it works.
Atticus O'Sullivan is an okay hero, but I'm not having fits of lust over him. He's a bit Mary Sue for my liking, but I'm going to give him a wide berth here because he's the first 2100-year old Druid hero I've encountered (not counting the studly Druid heroes of Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series who stick to Scotland and don't ever really modernize themselves like Atticus does.) The story told in first-person works because a.) Atticus is modern and thus fits in his world and isn't all awkward trying to work Druidspeak into modern-day Arizona b.) Kevin Hearne writes like people talk and think. He doesn't waste words or bog people down.
I'm probably the only person who was annoyed by the pet dog. I'm tired of heroes with animal sidekicks, I suppose. An Irish Wolfhound. Please. I mean...some kind of magical hellhound I might even accept better. Or the red-eyed crow.
I do like the large cast of ghouls, goddesses, and werewolves. The weapons were pretty good too. (Even in KMM's series, I get bogged down with all the artifacts and dark and light and blah blah blah. Tell it, get to the point, but I'm not going to easily remember or care about what Seelie or Unseelie artifact belongs where.)
I will definitely be seeing how "Hexed" goes for the second installment...I saw there are up to six books. I know series can get bogged down and repetitive after the third book. I hope he doesn't disappoint me.(less)