As an author of historical mysteries, I know how incredibly difficult it is to create a riveting story set in a particular time period. The research a...moreAs an author of historical mysteries, I know how incredibly difficult it is to create a riveting story set in a particular time period. The research alone is mind boggling (if an author even bothers to do it correctly). Taking those reams of minutiae and penning a believable story requires skill. So my verdict on THE GODS OF GOTHAM?
Lyndsay Faye has that skill. In fact, I wish she'd loan some of the extra to me. Step by step she waves the reader into the story as the streets of New York come alive, the sights, sounds and the smells. Oh, the smells....
But the setting is just the backdrop for the characters -- Timothy, Bird, Val -- who are as human as any can be. Coupled with a twist-and-turn plot, Protestant vs. Irish hatred and the polished prose of an author in tune with her craft, this book delivered as few do.
THE GOD OF GOTHAM is going on the keeper shell and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next in the series (SEVEN FOR A SECRET) in Sept 2013. Well done, Ms. Faye. Keep 'em coming!(less)
With abundant skill, author D.B. Jackson draws us into this classic urban fantasy, given new life because of the unique setting (Boston 1765). The cit...moreWith abundant skill, author D.B. Jackson draws us into this classic urban fantasy, given new life because of the unique setting (Boston 1765). The city is a powder keg where iron-fisted British rule is riding herd on independent streak of the colonists. Jackson's strong eye for detail makes you feel as if you're standing in the muddy and dung-strewn streets, watching as history works it's way toward a very special day in 1776.
But this isn't just a historical piece. Every story has to have a strong hero and Ethan Kaille fits the bill. A man with a complicated and tortured past, Kaille is a thieftaker, a person who locates and returns stolen property to its rightful owners. But here's where the tale excels: the thieftaker is also a conjurer, capable of powerful magic, during a time when witches and sorcerers are still tried and executed.
I won't say much more or risk spoiling the plot, which is a first rate murder mystery. As a lover of urban fantasy and historical mysteries I thoroughly enjoyed this first in what promises to be an entertaining series. I know I'll be queuing up to buy the next book. Thieftaker(less)
I read the pre-pub version of THE FALCONER and it blew me away. Totally. Blew. Me. Away. Don't tell my editor, but I set aside my own novel's revision...moreI read the pre-pub version of THE FALCONER and it blew me away. Totally. Blew. Me. Away. Don't tell my editor, but I set aside my own novel's revisions to finish this story in a day. I devour a lot of YA paranormal and most of it is just okay. Forgettable, even. That is not the case with THE FALCONER.
There is just something about the story that went beyond the ordinary into the "this so rocks" category. Between the compelling voice of the tormented heroine and the historical Edinburgh/steampunk setting, the story sang. I can't wait to see it on the shelves and read it all over again.
Disclaimer: Elizabeth and I are friends but if this story didn't work for me I wouldn't be posting this review. (less)