I wasn’t sure what to expect from Gretchen Galway’s debut paranormal mystery. I was decidedly impressed. Not only did the mystery keep me guessing, but it applied magic in a creative way. I absolutely loved Random, Alma’s dog, and found Alma’s empathy for others believable.
The only weakness was that some characters were less developed than others. Some characters were little more than names while others had a bit of personality attached. With a touch more character development, I’d rate Dead Witch on a Bridge a 5 rather than a 4.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Dead Witch on a Bridge from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The first in a new paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Gretchen Galway.
Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?
On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was...
Death Be Blue by Katie Epstein
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 29 Sep 2017
My initial thoughts on Death be Blue were mixed. I thought it would be your run of the mill urban fantasy mystery. Once I got past the introduction, however, the novel improved immensely. The plot became more complex and the characters had more depth. Portiside City exists on a plane adjacent to earth. Here the fae, shifters, gifted humans and other beings live in harmony. Crime is policed by Enforcer Field Agents of the Portiside City Agency, such as Terra Vane and her partner Kaleb. The pursuit of a serial killer leads to the discovery of a dangerous drug and a conspiracy that may reach the highest level.
Terra Vane is a human psychic working for the Portiside City Agency. Like many human / female leads in urban fantasy novels she can be extremely stubborn, impulsive and reluctant to accept help. Terra doesn’t have a chip on her shoulder, she h...
Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 04 Sep 2018
Seanan McGuire continues to be one of the foremost authors of fae-centered urban fantasy. Her novels are unique in that her portrayals of the many kinds of fae and changeling are deeply rooted in folklore and legend. Her characters are simultaneously more real and more magical for their depth and complexity. Readers are not simply viewing a new world, they are being submerged in it. Despite Night and Silence being the 12th novel in the Toby Daye series, the novel is as captivating as any of its predecessors.
When Toby’s ex-husband and his new wife arrive at Toby’s door accusing her of kidnapping her daughter Gillian, there is no question of her not taking the case. The question is why was she taken and if it was one of Toby’s enemies, who knew of Gillian’s existence. At Gillian’s dorm, Toby finds an assortment of curiously powerful charms designed to repel f...
The Lost Child of Lychford is a good short fantasy novel, but it assumes that readers are already familiar with the main characters and their role in protecting the village. You will still enjoy the novel if you jump straight in, but you may want to consider reading Witches of Lychford first.
Christmas is approaching, along with all that entails. As Reverend, Lizzie is busy with preparations for services, not to mention a wedding scheduled for Christmas Eve. When an apparition of a young boy appears to Lizzie, she is baffled. Is he a ghost, a warning, or something else? Something is coming and the witches of Lychford stand in the way.
It is no surprise that Paul Cornell has written for television. The Lost Child of Lychford is compact. The action moves at a fast pace and the story arc is a perfect fit for the length. Like baby bear's porridge, The Lost Child of Lyc...
I wanted to like Mad God Walking. I loved the book's description so my expectations were high. I was disappointed. It isn't that Mad God Walking is bad. Parts are very good. They are simply outnumbered by the parts best described as "meh". The story progresses slowly, with a lot of time spent on the small and inconsequential. Admittedly Damon is not exactly human, and he isn't supposed to see things the same way others do....The best way I can put it is that the characters behave far younger than their assigned years making it difficult to empathize with them. The situation and the division between the sides is starkly drawn. There is not a lot of depth or complexity. And as a romance, well that was more insta-love than chemistry despite the duo almost going up in flames.
Streamlined, Mad God Walking has potential as a young adult fa...
Hound's Bite is a solid urban fantasy that swiftly moves from one action sequence to the next. Although it relies on readers' familiarity with the characters from previous novels, Hound's Bite is still easily accessible to newcomers. The central characters are boldly drawn - Ivy Granger the daughter of Mab and Will'oWisp newly come into her immense powers, Ceff the king of the Water fae and Torn the King of Cats. Their personalities are exactly what urban fantasy readers have come to expect.
Hound's Bite pits Ivy and her allies against both the Wild Hunt and a former ally gone mad with power. No worries. No matter how dire the situation appears, readers know Ivy will find a way to overcome the odds demonstrating both her power and leadership abilities. In the end, it is always Ivy who comes up with the answers while her pals cheer her on.
Urban Fantasy is a bit like fast food. While it isn’t haute cuisine, it is fast, and if well done can be quite tasty. Sonya Bateman isn’t the next Neil Gaiman, but she is a good storyteller, able to put a slightly different twist on the human vs other scenario.
One nice difference is that she uses a male lead. Gideon has an amiable nature and an easy charm that keeps him from coming across too powerful. He is also clever, but pleasantly lacking ego. Also unlike the female leads in many urban fantasies, he does not have a harem of potential mates. All of this makes it easier to focus on the story. Various supernatural creatures have long been hunted by Milus Dei, a cult whose influence is wide reaching. Gideon is of interest because of his newly awakened ability to speak to the dead. His ability draws him into the conflict....
Be careful what you wish for, for those with the power to grant those wishes can be capricious and cruel.
Roses and Rot is a book for those who love fairy tales. Not the simple ones with happy endings, but the older kind, where the kindly folk are rarely kind and beauty deceives, where the only tools one has against their power are creativity and determination. This is a tale of magic, of the beauty and innovation of art, and the all-consuming hunger for success. This is a tale of love and sacrifice. What would you trade? What would you be willing to give up for all your dreams to come true? How far would you go to prove yourself worthy? Herein lies the core of Roses and Rot, and here lies its power.
Themes from fairy tales echo repeatedly throughout the novel. Within the suffering Imogen and her sister endure at the hands of their mother before coming to Melete; w...
Some books make you stand up and take notice. They grab you and don’t let go. Borderline is an unforgettable piece of urban fantasy, distinct and innovative.
As leads go Millie is far from the norm. She is a paraplegic who lost her legs in a failed suicide attempt. She contends daily with her borderline personality disorder. Millie is cynical and damaged, but she is also a survivor. When she is recruited by the Agency, she learns of the fae and their presence in the world. Her first assignment seems simple, see why a nobleman of the Seelie court has not returned to Arcadia. But what at first looks simple is far from it, and much more than her new position with the Agency is on the line.
Part of what makes this book so intriguing is that the Agency recruits the mentally ill, individuals whose challenges normally make them undervalued, marginalized, and ignored. Mil...