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Death Be Blue
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Death Be Blue by Katie Epstein 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 has an entire boulder. Kaleb and her other friends, on the other hand, show a bit more variety. The case on the other hand is an intriguing one, and despite it being “solved” at the end, leaves enough loose ends and questions to fuel several more novels. Death be Blue has potential, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Katie Epstein’s series progresses and Terra Vane develops as a character.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Death be Blue from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description Book One of the Terra Vane Series:
She can glimpse visions of the past, present, and future but she doesn’t know when, how, or why. She only knows the outcome, and it doesn’t look good…
Being human is hard enough. Being human with psychic abilities is worse. It was for Terra Vane anyway, until she immigrated to Portiside. There she feels at home in the thriving city of the Fey, Shifters, Vampires, and other gifted humans.
Where there are many factions of creatures, however, crime and skirmishes are to be expected. With a stubbornness born out of years of being deemed a “freak,” Terra’s determination and unique ability serve her well as an Enforcer Field Agent for the Portiside City Agency.
Alongside her annoying wolf-shifting partner, Kaleb, there is no case that is too strange to solve. No case too dangerous—until there is, and the trail of bloodlust leads them to unravel a mystery that threatens Portiside as they know it.