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The cop: Donal Riordan, undead, imprisoned in a coffin below ground. The city: Tristopolis, gothamesque and baroque, its unchanging sky deep purple, its elevators propelled by indentured wraiths, its power produced by necroflux reactors, fuelled by the bones of the dead. When powerful conspiracies threaten Tristopolis from the far side of the world, can a freed Donal find ...more
Kindle Edition, 522 pages
Published July 23rd 2018 by Nulapeiron Press
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Aug 04, 2020 Steven rated it it was ok
In 2008, John Meaney stepped into my life with Bone Song, an introduction into a world of Gothic Horror, Neo-Noir, cyberpunk and New Weird. I found the experience interesting but lacking in bite or personality. A few years later I found Dark Blood, the sequel to Bone Song and found it a more solid read with a tighter narrative, a more compelling story that didn't meander as much as its predecessor and slightly more interesting characters. Then for almost a decade, there was nothing. I chalked th ...more
A fitting end to a series started quite a while ago. When Bone Song came out I was quite taken with the world he made with its treatment of magic as technology in a modern world setting where power is derived from extracting power from the dead and airplanes are powered by wraiths. These examples of a city with skyscrapers, zombie citizens, demon motorcycles, and wraith elevators give a picture of what Harry Potter might have been if not frozen in time. The original police procedural has by the ...more
I was really pleased to see that there was another opportunity to visit the weirdly wonderful world of Tristopolis and this was very enjoyable. While more action focused than the previous books it is still an intriguing re-imagining of the undead and magic users against the backdrop of a detective story. There was a small moment of 'jumping the shark' (literally!) that I found a tad irritating but, as per the title, this is likely the last book in the series so the best had come already. That sa ...more
"Bone Song" blew me away with its inventive world built on necromantic physics. "Black Blood" was decent, but I'm afraid as the series spins on the characters are becoming flatter and the stage of action (and consequences) too large: not just a few lives threatened with the political conspiracies, but the entire city of Tristopolis itself. Donal's sudden love for Mel seemed rushed and unmotivated, and the boxing digressions border on propaganda. I'll likely continue on, but I hope the scope shri ...more