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Uncanny Collateral

(Valkyrie Collections #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  870 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He’s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn’t hav ...more
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Published April 2nd 2019
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TS Chan
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-copy
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Uncanny Collateral is an entertaining, fast-paced urban fantasy novella that packed a surprising amount of character development for its size.

McClellan was best known for his Powder Mage trilogy which I've thoroughly enjoyed. His ongoing Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy which is based off the same world is reputedly even better than his debut efforts but I've yet to read them; something which I intend to rectify sometime in the f
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Lukasz
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian McClellan is primarily known for his Powder Mage series. I haven’t read it yet, but if Uncanny Collateral is indicative of McClellan’s writing style, I have some catching up to do. 

Alek Fitz works as a Reaper - he tracks down debtors and solves various supernatural problems.  He’s well equipped for the task - as a tall, strong guy covered in magical tattoos giving him cool (and lethal) powers he commands respect. When a fight starts, Alek turns into an animal. Well, mostly. His ancestors m
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kartik narayanan
Yea, so I read the ARC and this is a honest review as always

So, Urban fantasy from Brian McClellan; when I saw his tweet, I was 'gimme'! Now that I have read it, I feel a bit unsatisfied.

On the one hand, the story is fine and the writing is excellent. On the other, it is pretty obvious that there is still a long way to go before we can actually start enjoying this series. The characters and world building need more depth before the series can start approaching something like a Dresden Files. I
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Valkyrie Collections: We Deal with Mortals So You Don’t Have To.

I had to open up this review with the main motto of the plot line..

Men in Black meets Fables: Wolf Among Us (seriously could not read this without picturing the two)

This was one heck of an enjoyable read but not without some minor flaws. Will be talking more about this on my YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"I brought my hand up vertically and perfectly flat, like an upward karate chop, and caught draugr right in the center of the sternum. The tips of my fingers sliced through bone and tissue like a knife blade, bisecting its sternum, punching through the top of its spine, and then slicing its entire skull perfectly in half."

Brian McClellan contacted me and asked if I would like to review his new self-published urban fantasy novella, Uncanny Collateral. Considering I'm a massive fan of his work (th
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Montzalee Wittmann
Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan and narrated by Luke Daniels is a unique fantasy novel about a dealer that is half troll and he has a djinn in his ring! How cool is that? In this strange world, there are all kinds of creatures, it really is exciting! Our half troll reaper is given a job by Death to track down over 200 missing souls. Now this is one back of a story involving imps, shape shifters, and more! Action packed and full of unique imagination!
If course with Luke Daniels as the narra
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Karina Read
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fun, well written, fast paced urban fantasy. For so few pages it really does pack a mighty punch. Interesting characters, cool magic & fantastical creatures this has it all. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
Cupcakes & Machetes
I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Uncanny Collateral is a solid edition to a promising new Urban fantasy series that skips out on all the mundane details to bring you fast-paced action and entertaining characters.

I have already been seeing a lot of comparisons of this with the Dresden Files and I think that happens almost by default just because it’s urban fantasy and the main character is male instead of female. There may be some very small similarities but th
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Joel
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a mixed relationship with urban fantasy - in general, I have enjoyed several of the series I've read, including some of the "paranormal cop" category, as Uncanny Collateral is, in a way. There is certainly a lot of familiarity and similar aspects to some of those other urban fantasies, but at some point that is unavoidable, especially if you're opting for myth or legend type creatures and beings. That said, UC is still a fresh feeling concept, with some aspects and a combination of aspect ...more
Bart
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, fantasy
Actual rating: 3.50
Hiu Gregg
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come!
michelle+8
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a beta reader and very much enjoyed it! The writing style and dialogue were funny and well-paced. Alek and Maggie are interesting, well-written characters, and I can't wait to see them fleshed out in further books. I'm so excited for this series; the first book isn't even officially published yet, and I already can't wait to read the next one!
keikii Eats Books
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Short Review: Damn good urban fantasy, with a healthy dash of "look at the pretty shiny thing I'm showing you!"

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84 points, 4 stars
Uncanny Collateral was a really well-written urban fantasy adventure. It is a bit shorter than the standard urban fantasy novel (45k words vs 101k words), but it works for the story presented. I liked the way the story played out. There was lots of danger and lots of adventure that all unra
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Kitvaria Sarene
Quick and fun Urban Fantasy.

I liked the main character and his "partner" quite a bit. I don't think I've read a book with a Reaper as main character yet, so that was quite a pleasant change!
The tone was funny and the dialogue worked well for me. Didn't feel forced or stiff, but flowed nicely.

The mix of mythology, mystery and fantasy balanced well with the action and banter and I more or less flew through the book.

I was a bit worried about how well the author could do a quick and fun book when
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Jon Adams
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dig it. It's nice to see an author step so far outside his normal stuff and nail it.
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I love a good urban fantasy series. So when Brian McClellan was looking for reviewers for his new series, I thought I’d give it a shot!

This was a great start to a new series. Since it was the first book, we just get a brief introduction to the main characters and the world. However, McClellan does a great job of fitting in a ton of world-building given how short this book is. The plot was entertaining and full of non-stop action. I
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Roy
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For its size this packs a punch. Great urban fantasy, with the usual cool type of world building, characterisation and extreme fast paced plotting. McClellan is writing some amazing stories. I hope this becomes a full blown regular series and not just novellas. As I think with the ability to flesh this world out he may have something amazing.
Anthony Fitzsimons
“My name is Alek Fitz, I’m a reaper for Valkyrie Collections and I’ve come to collect your debt”

Hi folks, I finished Uncanny Collateral recently. Thanks to Author Brian McClellan for sending me a copy for an honest review. It releases on April 2nd

Urban Fantasy is a genre I really like, and having just finished up Wendig’s Vultures, I had an appetite for more. Uncanny Collateral was the perfect read to satiate that hunger!.

Alek Fitz (relatable name much?) is a Reaper for Valkyrie Collections, lik
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Khai Jian (KJ)
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital ARC copy of Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan before the release date of the book (which is on 02.04.2019) in exchange for an honest review. I did not have a good impression on urban fantasy due to my previous encounter with An Unkindness of Magicians which causes me to be skeptical towards this genre. But I really enjoyed reading Brian McClellan's work (The Powder Mage series which I am in the midst of finishing it) and decided to give this a try. I have to say, Uncanny ...more
FrankieReads
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Please note: I received an ARC copy in exchange for review. Video review on my BookTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE_XY...

Uncanny Collateral is the first novella in a new urban fantasy series from Brian McClellan. McClellan is known best for his grimdark / flintlock fantasy series 'The Powder Mage Trilogy'. I am a big fan of that series and, as a result, I jumped at the opportunity to get an early read of this new book.

This series bears little resemblance to 'The Powder Mag
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Antonio
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like McClellan’s work and if you like Brandon Sanderson I think you will too. The Powder Mage Trilogy (And almost completed 2nd trilogy set in the same universe) was exciting, action packed, and page turning fun full of characters you want to root for. I enjoyed his novella War Cry because it shared a lot of those elements but was set in a WWI era fantasy setting. Uncanny Collateral is a departure from those works into an urban fantasy setting.

It shares my favorite aspects of McClellan’s work.
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Stefano G.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***4.5/5*** Stars!

I really liked this novella! Once again Brian McClellan proves to be a great writer, stylistically similar story-telling and quality to Sanderson, but with an even more adult feel. Highly recommended!!

Set in an alternative Earth where the Others (goblins, imps and all types of creatures) roam freely, Alek, a half troll, with a genie trapped in his ring, chases after debtors to his company... the story has a kind of detective feel and finally his investigations lead him to a v
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Jannik
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yep, this has been fun. Very light reading and not much to think about, just plain old entertainment on the backs of a likeable main character and his equally likeable sidekick. There isn't a lot of worldbuilding going on, instead, you're thrown into the detective plot and treated with some interesting character development on the way. It's also nice to see someone using Ghouls in a non-thuggish-minion-way that is closer to their origins as malevolent desert spirits. McClellan's writing is good ...more
Paul
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After an introduction to the character and some quick worldbuilding, we meet Death for a side-job proposal to find some stolen souls. Death aka Ferryman needs discretion; it can’t get out that someone is selling used souls, something that is unheard of… So, Alex is on the trail. All kinds of added fun with retired angels and necromancers and some rules to separate mankind from that sort of thing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novella. There’s a good underlying story that will keep this series go
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Autumn
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My intro to this author was thru the Powder Mage series, which I love. This is a very different book. I prefer the writing style in the PM series... but I enjoyed this book very much - I only note this in case you are looking for PM equivalent :)
The approach is much simpler, easier to digest, and essentially more fun. Afterall, it is an urban fantasy! That's not to say there isn't fun in PM or that UC is not smart. It's like Ride the Lightning vs The Black Album. Both are Metallica, both have s
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Mitch
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a pleasant surprise. This was my first book that I've read by McClellan and I loved every bit of it. Worth every penny. Such a unique story and a world I'd be willing to delve more into. I really hope there is more planned for the Valkyrie Collections.
Alex Khlopenko
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming to Three Crows Magazine soon!
Theuns Greyvenstein
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book
Great read. Super fast paced, great world creation and enjoyable characters!
Daniel
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is certain to get better with further novels. A strong preview of a new urban fantasy hero.
Scott - Book Invasion
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, novellas
This was a nice action-packed ride and it takes place my hometown area. This was my first Brian McClellan read and I really enjoyed it.
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