**Having now read books 2 and 3, the series is utterly worth slogging through the FBS. 1.13.10**
I'm having the most difficult time reviewing this one.**Having now read books 2 and 3, the series is utterly worth slogging through the FBS. 1.13.10**
I'm having the most difficult time reviewing this one.
I see the potential to it. The world of tech crumbles under the weight of magic. Factions of power rise in the aftermath, most notably the People (necromancers and necronavigators) and the Pack (shapeshifters created by the Lycos Virus). The world is inundated with the paranormal and has to constantly adapt to fluctuations in magic levels. These are all very interesting concepts.
But seeing as how this is our future being described, I want to know the when and why of it all, and Andrews doesn't provide that info. There's a startling lack of information when it comes to the big-picture world view, and it nagged at me throughout.
What it does have in abundance are details about Kate Daniels' life. The people she encounters, the magic she wields (though I still don't understand the significance of the Words of Power vs more mundane magic), the agency she's working for, and the gruesome nature of the crimes she investigates. On that last, I admire a writer who's not afraid to delve into the grizzlier side of death and destruction and Andrews delivers in that aspect.
This series has been touted as action-filled and snarky. It is...after the half-way point. Before that, the plot plods along in no rush to get anywhere. Kate's investigation unfolds in the style of a police procedural, and like most cases, it's dull until she gets a significant lead.
Kate is intensely rational in the information she processes and doles out. She's a tightly controlled personality, burdened by secrets that the case threatens to reveal. She's spurred on by guilt and the ever-growing weight of responsibility. She's a capable woman trying very hard not to fall to the tough-girl cliché. For the most part, she succeeds, and I like her well enough.
Along her quest, Kate meets the Beast Master...oops, no, the Beast Lord, the Pack King, His Majesty Curran. He's another tightly controlled personality, with anger constantly simmering just below the surface. With his fluid animal grace and intense power, Curran brings some much needed action, and he gets the plot rolling at a brisker pace.
The final moments of the book, including the big battle and a more subdued epilogue, deliver the promised action and snark. Keeping that in mind, as well as the inventive world Andrews has begun to lay out, I'll seek out the next book. I'm not dying to read it, but I'm intrigued enough to find out if my myriad questions are answered.