Initial Rating: Recommended. (How I Rate Books)
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
- Dresden Files
- Dungeons and Dragons (Game)
Previous books by the author/in the series I’ve reviewed:
Here’s the TL;DR for my review (SPOILERS!):
- Good-to-Great characters
- Fun plot
- Solid Urban Fantasy
- Nice twists and turns
- This is a very Urban Fantasy book, in the sense that it stars a protagonist and a cast of his wacky and cool friends as they go on an adventure trying to save one of their friends from the magic cops.
- If you want to nitpick the protagonist was a wee bit too Harry Dresden-ish for my taste. Now to be fair to Janzen, he’s not so much a copy of Dresden. He takes-inspiration-from Dresden. I would have personally liked it if the author played up the ’emotional trauma’ angle of Janzen as opposed to the ‘snarky-but-nice’ angle of Janzen.
I’m keeping this review short-ish because my hands are in pain and I don’t want to type.
I got a copy of this review of Netgalley for free for the purpose of review, but I liked it enough that I bought a copy of it anyway.
This is the quintessence of the Hardboiled Detective Urban Fantasy genre. The book begins with Janzen taking in a friend of him from the cold and hiding her from people out to kill her. He has to enlist friends old and new in order to save her life and solve some interdimensional politics. While this isn’t the best Urban Fantasy I’ve ever read, it is a solidly fun time and an improvement over the first in the series. I can recommend it if you’re a fan of the sub-genre and you’re open to reading a good meat-and-potatoes urban fantasy.