This is an urban fantasy series, rather than a PNR, but there is at least some relationship pieces. I had been putting off reading this series for awh...moreThis is an urban fantasy series, rather than a PNR, but there is at least some relationship pieces. I had been putting off reading this series for awhile simply b/c it's written by a male author and I usually find their stories too technical on one hand and too emotionally dry on the other. Butcher's stories aren't like that at all. They're quite emotionally invested and if I hadn't already known they were written by a man, I wouldn't have been able to guess except for perhaps the male protagonist. They're a darn good read!
The series is about a professional wizard, Harry Dresden. It takes place in Chicago - a slightly alternate Chicago where not only wizards, but vampires, werewolves, and the fae exist.
In this third book of the series, Harry and his sometimes-cohort, Michael (a Knight of the Cross) are trying to figure out what has stirred up all the areas ghosts - and to prevent them from causing to much damage (the first ghost scene is particularly unsettling). Their effort is complicated by interference from Harry's fae god-mother, as well as the local vampire ruler and her cohorts.
I really enjoyed this book, and it leaves on an interesting cliff-hanger, so I'm looking forward to the next one to see how the new problem is resolved. :-) There are currently TWELVE full-length books out in this series, as well as a book of short stories. The thirteenth book is scheduled for release July 26, 2011. Even better for fans of the series - Butcher is writing 23 books!! The first twenty of them will be "case" books followed by "a three-book apocalyptic trilogy". Sounds like I'll be reading these for awhile yet. :-) (less)
This is an urban fantasy series with a smattering of romance. More of the latter in the last few books - the first few had romantic tension, but no fo...moreThis is an urban fantasy series with a smattering of romance. More of the latter in the last few books - the first few had romantic tension, but no follow-through, so to speak. It's about a coyote shifter named Mercy who was raised by werewolves. These days she's a mechanic, but the wolves still keep an eye on her. In particular, her neighbor, Adam, who is also the alpha of the local wolf pack.
In this particular book, Mercy and her friends become the target of a fae who wants something Mercy has. But, that part of the plot is almost secondary to the personal growth that occurs in many of the characters: Mercy and Samuel in particular, though not in the way that you're probably guessing right now. :-)
While the plot of this one was a bit lacking, this remains one of my favorite series in the PNR/UF genres (especially the first three books). A sixth in the series, River Marked, is due out in March 2011. There's also a spin-off series featuring Samuel's brother, Charles, that is more closely PNR. That series, named "Alpha & Omega" currently consists of a prequel novella and two more novels, though a third is due out in 2012.
This is not a series I'll abandon anytime soon. I'll be picking up both Mercy Thompson #6 and Alpha & Omega #3 as soon as they're out in paperback. :-)
This is a UF series that's very heavy on the sex - erotica even. Though, it did seem to me that the sex scenes in this particular book were tamer than...moreThis is a UF series that's very heavy on the sex - erotica even. Though, it did seem to me that the sex scenes in this particular book were tamer than the usual LKH fare.
In a departure from previous books, this one leaves the Fae politics mostly alone and focuses on solving a murder mystery. Someone is killing the Fey in Los Angeles and as both a licensed private investigator and Fey specialist/celebrity, Meredith is called upon to assist with solving the case.
I enjoy a good mystery and good sex and this book had both. Though, if you like very vanilla sex scenes then this book, and in fact, nothing by this author, is for you. Though the protagonist doesn't have indiscriminate sex, she does have multiple lovers which may bother some readers.(less)
For the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track...moreFor the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track down a faerie relic, a mission that leads her on a wild goose chase hunting down some pretty savory characters, some vamp, some fae. The best part is that she does most of it with a still-talking severed head in her hand. :-)
The quirky humor is one of the things I love about this author, both in this series and in the Cassandra Palmer series. However, the biggest problem I have with the CP series is also present in this book: it's the way the action is seriously non-stop. Poor Dory almost literally doesn't get a breather or a chance to re-group. Normally this wouldn't be too bad, but the pacing just feels frantic to me rather than exciting. However, it's a problem that seems to be specific to me since most other reviewers love both this as well as the CP series.
I WILL say that I really liked how a particular part of Louis-Cesar's backstory was filled in at the end of this book. That alone was worth reading for!
While there doesn't seem to be another book in this series planned yet, there is a new Cassandra Palmer novel out soon - book #5, Hunt the Moon will be released June 7, 2011. (less)
This is one of those series that I knew was popular, but I haven't been very into fae, so I've been putting it off. But not too long ago it was offere...moreThis is one of those series that I knew was popular, but I haven't been very into fae, so I've been putting it off. But not too long ago it was offered as a FREE B&N Nookbook, so I thought, what the hell!
Man, have I been missing out!! Moning has created a rich and unique paranormal world. Sure, the protanonist leaves something to be desired, but she's a typical girl-next-door and she definitely has room for growth over a series, so I'm betting that I'll like her more as the books go on. I can't wait to read the next installment! And as of right now, there are 5 books out (and 3 more contracted in the "world" but not necessarily the series) so those should keep me busy for at least a couple days. :-)