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The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold
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“A good man is made through a lifetime of work. Great men are made by their monsters.”

The Wolf Among Us meets L.A. Noire in this new urban fantasy. Luke Arnold has delivered a well-written adventure, with an added dose of stylish noire presentation.
Fetch Phillips is a mercenary for hire with a colorful past. Running from one job to another, following whoever rings the bell. Fetch has a character introduction that’s funny, brutal, and mysterious in the best possible ways.

Set in a grimey place called Sunder city where a catastrophic event known as The Coda occurred which lead to all magic to stop. To seize to exist. It lead to a good chunk of the city dead. The people went cold and hungry in their homes. Elves age quicker, vampires die faster, werewolves to become deformed, Dragons to fall from the sky. It's sobering, sad, and tense. Fetch is tasked to search for a missing vampire. Each clue and scenario Fetch is brought up against brings you to a new area of Sunder City. We experience many locations in a short amount of time. The pace is functional, simple, and satisfying.

It’s a story that is constantly moving. What Luke Arnold brings to the table is an injection of actual detective work.  There were some slower flashback chapters but they are absolutely necessary for the story to evolve.

If this first book is any indication of the rest of the series, then Fetch’s adventure is set to provide an adventure every bit as memorable as the classic Big Bad Wolf.
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Reading Progress

December 16, 2019 – Shelved
December 16, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
December 16, 2019 – Shelved as: own
December 16, 2019 – Shelved as: review-copies
February 1, 2020 – Started Reading
February 1, 2020 –
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February 2, 2020 –
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February 3, 2020 – Finished Reading

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