4 out of 5 stars.
I wish to thank Curiosity Quills Press for allowing me to read an ARC of this book via Netgalley.
I loved this book. A refreshingly wonderful new urban fantasy series that breaks the cookie cutter format that’s engulfed this genre in recent years.
This is the second in a series, and I didn’t actually know that when I first began reading it. Quickly caught up on this fact and so went and bought the first book to read it first. Yes, this series is that good. Rather than mooch myself free books I bought it! Well worth it too.
I won’t go into the plotline as that’s what reading the book is all about. Instead I will say this is an excellent follow on from the first book in the series The Curse Merchant and I feel actually improves on the first book, which is why it got a higher score. The first book was a little shaky as if Mr Sloan was still finding his footing in this world of his. By the second book he had it all sorted and this book is a much firmer, confident book. Not that the first book was bad, as it is a great read too, but I found the writing in the second book stronger.
Being the sort of person who gets frustrated if I suss a book’s plotline out too early I really enjoyed the red herrings thrown at you in this book. Especially as, by the time I’d come to my conclusion as to what was going on, I was doubting myself… thanks to said crimson fish! Well done.
It also got my ‘one more chapter’ mantra going into the wee hours, which is always the sign of a highly enjoyable read.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Very big yes. Though will suggest they read The Curse Merchant first, just so you know what it’s all about.
I really look forward to reading the next in this series and have already been suggesting it to people who are looking for a new urban fantasy series to get hooked on.
The only downside is, again, the swearing. Not a biggie, but a tad annoying at times. I guess I swear less than I thought I did. I blame my kids. 😉
Love this book, encourage you to get the first book in the series too. If you like good urban fantasy that doesn’t require sex scenes, love triangles/ romance, sparkly vampires of the usual cookie cutter rubbish to sell it – you will love this series!
Until next time,