**spoiler alert** This is the third book of the Bloodhound Files. The protagonist, FBI profiler Jace, is still stuck in another universe, where as a h...more**spoiler alert** This is the third book of the Bloodhound Files. The protagonist, FBI profiler Jace, is still stuck in another universe, where as a human she's part of a minority in a world populated by golems, vampires and weres.
This book returns, from the slight diversion of the last book, to Jace's hunt for the human terrorist Aristotle Stoker. That said, another nemesis is revealed who may become the main villian of this series. Asher is the sorcerer who originally brought Jace over into this universe, and this book (at the very end) finally gives up an answer to what Jace and readers have been wondering. Why her? To not be too spoilery, I'll just say that I loved how it led back to Jace's own profiler roots, which was (she has been told) the reason she was originally kidnapped. Asher/Ahaseurus is the creator of the Golem spell, amongst other things and is revealed to come from yet another universe, Nightshadow.
Las Vagas is taken over by Golems who suddenly want to impose a new world order where humans are at the top. Jace is separated from her team (including her golem partner Charlie who's gone rogue) while hunting Stoker and Asher as the universe she's in and Nightshadow merge. Asher is revealed to be behind these events and Jace is joined by an intelligence operative from Nightshadow called Azura in trying to foil Asher's dastardly plot, whatever that may be.
The first two books seemed a little disorientated as to the direction the series was headed in. However, Killing Rocks ties things together and reveals a direction for the series. I was a little disappointed and confused by the second book, but crucial plot points from it help propel the third. Taking place in Las Vegas means Gretchen and Eisfanger are in the background, but Cassius, Charlie and Tair are back along with Silverado and the artifacts lost in Death Blows.
One of this series' strengths is its worldbuilding. However, there is a slight sense of information overload with all the different magic systems, mythology and characters introduced. In fact, some characters are introduced and die before I can straighten out who they are. Dying Bites was sort of thematically tied around deity based magic, Death Blows dealt with comic books. Killing Rocks focuses on magic based on mythology and there is a lot of it, including mythology from Nightshadow.
I started reading this series when the first book had just come out so it's been awhile between each book. This is a series that probably rewards rereading, I'd forgotten a lot of the plot and information given in the previous books. It also makes me think about how, after three books, little about Jace we've actually been told, there's not a lot of background exposition about characters. In the previous books I found it frustrating as I couldn't really understand or empathise with Jace. Now I find it one of the series' strengths.
I looking forwards to the next book, more of Jace and Charlie, hopefully more of Azura and her world, and Tair/Dr Pete. Stoker has, for me, finally become a character rather than a plot device so I'm eager to find out where his "alliance" with Asher will lead. (less)
I loved this book because it reminded me of old classic ghost stories. I didn't get much sense of the main character who didn't seem too interesting a...moreI loved this book because it reminded me of old classic ghost stories. I didn't get much sense of the main character who didn't seem too interesting at first. But I liked how a different aspect of him was shown in each story.
In case you haven't guessed, this is actually a series of short stories. 'The Bone Key' is subtitled 'The Necromatic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth' and are each a ghost/supernatural occurance in his life. The level of occult in his life in explained and introduced in the first story, in which he attempt to help an old friend raise the dead. The conculsion of this is that he becomes a sort of magnet for the supernatural and has a certain sensitivity to it.
None of the characters are especially lovable and I found a remoteness to the writing which reminded me of older writer such a Henry James and his 'Turn of the Screw'. But I couldn't stop reading.
This is set in modern London (England) and sort of a gothic fantasy or horror, so the urban fantasy tag doesn't quite fit.
I almost never say this but...moreThis is set in modern London (England) and sort of a gothic fantasy or horror, so the urban fantasy tag doesn't quite fit.
I almost never say this but I advise anyone picking this up to stop at the end of this book. Yes it is part of a trilogy, but I actually feel that it takes away from the subtlety and mystery of this book when things are 'explained' later.
What basically happens is that Rachaela works at a bookstore and one day receives a letter summoning her to 'The House' and her father's family, who she's never had any contact with. Eventually she goes and all decends into gothic creepyness as she tries to discover the many secrets of the Scarabae (the family) what it is they so desperately need her for.
The characters are not particularly sympathetic, but are strangely compelling all the same. This is supposed to be a vampire story but in this book isn't the turning book of the novel.
I loved the mystery and general sinister insanity of the family and the air of suspense created. Incest and madness play major roles which may discomfit some. What I liked most was that at the end Rachaela still doesn't know if the family are vampires or deluded through centuries of inbreeding, which have given them special abilities.
I've skimmed the other books in the trilogy and think it's best to read each book as a separate novel. (less)
Basically another vampire novel written by an author I already liked.
The story centers around a guy named Cal, who is really just an ordinary guy exc...moreBasically another vampire novel written by an author I already liked.
The story centers around a guy named Cal, who is really just an ordinary guy except for the fact that he's a carrier of the vampirism disease. The interesting thing about this version of vampires (or peeps/parasite-positives) is that vampirism is a sexually transmitted disease. Add that to the city of New York which is oblivious to any paranormal activity and things get interesting.
Since he isn't a vampire (some people just become infected) Cal is part of an underground society and is in the mist of hunting down his former girlfriends. What fun!
This is kind of a gritty novel with a little too much imagery of how diseases are spread (rats, lack of hygiene) but I really liked it, if only for the slight twist on vampire mythology. (less)