Published By: Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra.
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Steampunk
A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.
Wonderful start to a new series!
The world that was created is a great blend of Victorian era cultural norms and the dry wit associated with it, urban fantasy and a nice dose of steampunk elements that don’t overtake the story. And while you are thrown right into it, the authors do a great job as easing you into all the various nuances of it so as not to overwhelm the senses.
The story itself moves at a good pace with lots of action scenes that were very well written and twists and turns that even I didn’t see coming. I also have to admit that there were a few, okay, a lot of times where I made the ‘ewwww face’ and accompanying and relevant sounds when certain creatures came into play.
Simon and Malcolm are my kind of alpha heros. Strong, confident, just a little broodiness thrown in there to make them mysterious and sexy and yet respect strength and intelligence in the fairer sex. Kate and Penny are strong, capable women that don’t back down from anything. They know just what they can bring to the table and have no problem speaking their minds. Nick is, for lack of a better word, the hesitant one of this merry band of monster chasers and while not my favorite, still fulfilled a vital role in the story. The various interactions between the characters flowed well and I found myself chuckling quite a few times at the dry wittiness that I always associate with this genre. And I have note here that I adore Hogarth. He may have been a secondary character but he definitely made an impact.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what comes next!
~ I received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Clay & Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include two novels for Bantam Doubleday Dell in the mid-1990s and another novel for Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 2002 but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom. They've also written scripts for television and published graphic novels.