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Uncertain Allies (Connor Grey #5)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,486 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
After a night of riots and fires, the Boston neighborhood known as the Weird is in ruins. And when a body is found drained of its essence, ex-Guild investigator Connor Grey is drawn into the case against his will. And he has reason to be wary. Because the case will lead to an explosive secret that threatens to tear apart the city-and the world.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Ace (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: done, urban-fantasy, 2013
2.5 stars. Ok urban fantasy in which Connor once again inadvertently rains death and destruction down upon the fey portion of Boston. Some things bothered me, like the spear reappearing as a spear, but nothing being mentioned about Connor's silver "tattoo" vanishing from his arm at the same time, etc.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, I read that fast.

Coming off of the back of a book that was as great as Uncertain Allies's predecessor was always going to be a hard job, but credit to Del Franco, this was a very good and almost successful continuation of that high level of skill. Four Stars

Where this book fell down though was the length it took to get started. Unperfect Souls was the same, but managed to pick up pace a lot sooner and with a lot more speed. This one took its time and while it eventually got up to the pace
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Boston’s Weird is the setting for the latest Connor Grey urban fantasy featuring the former Guild investigator who lost his Druid powers and now ‘does favors’, as he puts it. It was instant love for me when I read about the magic wreaked city populated with shunned Fey including trolls, elves, and all types of Irish and German fairies. All of whom are fully integrated into the human world since the Convergence more than a century ago. It’s the kind of r
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4 stars - Uncertain Allies picks up about three months following the events that occurred at the end of Unperfect Souls which resulted in rioting and half of the Weird burning to the ground. Meryl is still in a trance like state, Eorla has become the leader of the solitary fey and is protecting Connor as best she can, the Murdocks, all except for Leo, pretty much hate and blame him for the death of their father and for what happened between Connor and their mother, even though he was as duped by ...more
3.5 stars
People are missing in the Weird and a strange blue light marked their disappearance. Connor Grey, an ex-Guild as well as ex-independent consultant for Boston Police has been asked for help by Eorla to look into it. Then conspiracies are revealed, friends becomes enemies and vice versa, and all Connor is trying to do is to make things right.

One thing, the book might be lack of action ... it is more of Connor investigating the disappearance of the people, while trying to control the dark
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
It's an interesting thing: I often like his books better in their entirety than when I am reading them. i was very anxious to read the next. I am just glad I got to read U.A. right after UP. I still think, as I always have, that the real love of Connor's life is Leo. I also think that Leo should have had a sexier name than Leo- makes him sound like an old Jewish guy (not that there is anything wrong with old Jewish guy names, they're just not Romantic like Declan, or Aidan or Ronan. " Oh Morty! ...more
This is the 5th Connor Grey novel, and he's still a prick. A self-righteous, sometimes likeably self-deprecating, ass. What idiot walks up to a king and threatens him? Connor, that's who. Karma is actually pretty good to Connor given what he brings down on himself.

This story is so complicated, I barely know where to begin. For the first half of the book Meryl is in a coma and someone is killing old dwarves, and it seems to be tied to a blue light. Somehow the plot twists around from that fairly
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
More awesome - I love Connor because he makes sense to me... He's petulant, childish and yet still cool :P In this one, I thought his relationship with Meryl was beautifully written. It struck me that the author has done a great job of a relationship where the genders are not actually important. It is clear that they both do and have done the deed but by not dwelling overly on the physical aspects, the question of who possesses which bits becomes less important than the way in which the interact ...more
Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!)
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
It hooked me completely with the trash can of characters that are running rampant. Trolls? Check. Elves? Check. Fairies? How about Irish AND German fairies? Double check. I’m telling you, I absolutely loved it!

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Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really want the next book. Weirdly, I'm more intrigued to know what will happen with Leo & Kevin (and their druid talent) than the overall plot ATM...although I love where the overall plot is going :)
Kathy Davie
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Fifth in the Connor Grey urban fantasy series about a druid who is re-learning about power. Based in Boston.

My Take
This one is one disaster after another with the bad guys outthinking the good guys and everyone is telling Connor how whiny he is! It's true. Admittedly, he does have a lot of negatives in his life right now.

The repercussions about Amy Sullivan/Moira Cashel are just starting to be felt. I can't begin to imagine how Gerry will feel when he finds out who she really is.

Brokke tells Con
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.0 - Like the rest of the series, the last 100 pages made the story for me.
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Uncertain Allies is the fifth book in the Conner Grey series by Mark Del Franco. It tells the story of Connor Grey a druid who once was a hot shot investigator for the Guildhouse, but now gets by as a part time investigator for the Boston PD because of his knowledge of the Fey and on disability payments. He lives in the Weird which is a decrepit Boston neighborhood where shunned Fey and other
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
A small percentage of the city burned in the last book and everyone is even more forced in together. Months have passed and things are no better. If anything, everyone is more distrustful. The Weird is more isolated and essential services are erratic. Connor now basically works for Eorla at the unseelie court, and is persona non grata with the Guild. She asks him to investigate a blue light that travels through the city kidnapping people.
The darkness in Connor grows and reacts more to outside ef
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Publishers Blurb: After a night of riots and fires, the Boston neighborhood known as the Weird is in ruins. And when a body is found drained of its essence, ex- Guild investigator Connor Grey is drawn into the case against his will. And he has reason to be wary. Because the case will lead to an explosive secret that threatens to tear apart the city-and the world.

Set in a Boston where Faery and Earth “converged” 100 years ago, Connor Grey is a Druid who has been stripped of his powers and somewha
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really enjoy this series, but it also frustrates me. I could not put this book down, but still felt like the series hadn't made much progress after finishing it. I did feel that all the chess pieces are finally in position for the end game. Sometimes authors get too caught up in multi-book plot arcs, such as Connor's still mysterious black mass. In this book, Connor does finally get an answer of sorts, but it's wrapped up in existential technobable. The Wheel of the World turns, but evidently ...more
April Steenburgh
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Flashes of blue light lead to people vanishing in the Weird, the Wild Hunt rides, tension is high between the Celtic and Teutonic Courts, and of course magically crippled Connor Grey is right in the middle of it all, attracting the attention of far too many people with far too much power.

My first thought on finishing this book was that the series could end here and I would be happy. All the little changes Connor has gone through as the series progressed came to a head in this book. This was the
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jim Butcher fans
Shelves: paranormal
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Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The plot of this book is not bad, although it does disturbingly little to move the series forward at all - it just sort of nudges it forward in a little baby step. It nudges it forward in a little mess of political plots and a promise of more nightmares to come, so thats something at least.

What is so bloody frustrating - and what ultimately bogs the book down - is that the author by now has created a huge backstory, and yet assumes that many a reader will be jumping in to the series at this poi
Gregory Litchfield
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I liked best about Uncertain Allies was how the events of the past four books in the series all start to come together in this fifth novel! Connor Grey is once again dragged into Fey power struggles, having to rely on his wits and some of his magic welding friends. My naming my favorite of these characters’ reemergence would spoil it, so I’ll only say that one of Connor’s best friends becomes one of his mightiest allies as well.

It can get a little confusing at times keeping track of all the
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. 5 books in and this is still my most favorite urban fantasy series ever! The stories always feel intimate and cozy, yet they are huge and epic at the same time, too, and Connor, always at the center of whatever is happening, keeps changing the world time and time again. And this time, he goes against Donor Elfenkonig, the Elven King, himself! All the usual suspects are present too, of course: Briallen, Meryl, Murdock, Joe, Shay, Uno... And as always, Connor kicks major ass - unintenti ...more
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up.

All in all a good story. There was a long slog to the actual happenings of the book but it wasn't enough to make me put the book down and read something else for a bit. I thought it would be for a while but it wasn't.

What gets me is that even as a decent character, he tends to just wander around and annoy people until something happens and no matter where he is he can't help trying to annoy people. I suppose that is just who he is, but it doesn't really make me like him all
Hali Sowle
Another solid outing in the Connor Grey series, but I just wish that poor Connor could catch a break. This time it seems like everyone is out to get him, of course, what's new with that? but it's more malevolent than normal because even his friends need to pull back some else be tainted by association with him. Somethings draining the fey in Boston and someone or someones want to start a war and of course Connor is smack dab in the middle. I was not overly fond of the cliff-hanger ending but tha ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Not the most original in the genre, but certainly one of the better written. This series is rich with detail and well-rounded characters.

The plotting is a little convoluted and could have done with a tidy-up, but really I just love visiting this world and these characters time and gain.

I read a lot of authors and don't watch for too many, but Mark del Franco is one that I watch for. He has a great way of seeing the world and a sharp sense of humanity that I love. Now I have to wait a year for
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the series enough to want to finish it, but It wasn't really riveting. The author does this thing where he keeps reminding you of things which happened before, in previous books. I get that this is sometimes necessary, so a new reader gets to understand some of the nuances and character motivations, but seriously, enough already. All of Connor's beat-myself-up soul-searching self-loathing soliloquies get a little old after a while. Enough already! Also, he's kinda a jerk to his friends, ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book from Mark Del Fanco in the Connor Gray series. This is a good series. Not my usual fare. It's straight up Urban Fantasy with a touch, just a touch of romance.
Well written with secondary characters that are every bit of engaging as the mains. The plots are easy to follow but not fluff. I'm continually surprised by the events in the books and that doesn't happen often. Will certainly continue with this series.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, uf, fae
I feel like this book was filler, it seemed to tie up past story lines, but the focus was fey politics which caused most of the book to be quite boring. We did get a very small glimpse more of Murdock's family, I have a feeling there will be lots more there to learn and will have an impact later. Connor faced his nemesis and at this point we aren't really sure if he came out on top or not, but things sure have changed for him. It will be interesting to just what those changes bring.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
My best advice to you is when you start book 5, be sure to have book 6 also on hand. Things get even more messed up in this alternative Boston, and it just keeps getting more complicated. However, the banter between Meryl and Conner makes it all worthwhile. (Actually, the character of Meryl is one of the best creations in the series. She's like a variation of Abby from NCIS, except blunter, gutsy-ier, and less gothy-ier...)
Barb in Maryland
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f-goodies
I don't even want to try to do a synopsis of this book...So I won't.
But I really liked it and it sure did up the tension that has been building throughout the series. I am not sure this book would make sense to anyone who had not read the earlier books.
This series just gets darker and darker. I hope the author has plans to wrap this up soon--I can't take the tension.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one, a lot. My one complaint would be that there are so many wheels within wheels, it's hard to keep them straight, just who's got Connor's back, and who he doesn't dare turn his back on. You need a score card with little markers you can move back and forth. And I still don't really grasp why everything is always Connor's fault, no matter which side is doing the pissing and moaning.
Cyn Bagley
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Mark Del Franco is one of my favorite writers because he combines mystery with the paranormal. Although Connor Grey is not a detective, he reminds me of earlier hard-boiled detective novels like Raymond Chandler.
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