I’m a sucker for Prohibition era supernatural stories. Told in the first person perspective from private detective Mick Oberon, Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell is a fun and exciting romp through 1930s Chicago and its Fairyland reflection.
Detective Mick Oberon packs a wand instead of a gun and doesn’t wear a hat due to his pointy ears, whether they show under his illusion or not. He has a friend on the force who’s a werewolf, whom Mick opens a gate through to Fairyland for every full moon. We also don’t know Mick’s real name. Mick Oberon is the name he chose when he left Elfhame some time ago and came to live amongst humans. Continue reading “Hot Lead, Cold Iron—Prohibition Era Elves”→
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland is an urban fantasy told in the first person perspective of Detective Kara Gillian. She’s hunting the Symbol Man, a serial killer who’s returned to her small hometown of Beaulac, Louisiana.
There are twelve ranks of demons that can be summoned, not counting the demon lords because trying to summon one of those is suicidal. The book starts with Kara having just summoned a reyza, the highest rank of demon (again, not counting a lord) and thus becoming a full-fledged summoner. Of course, some idiot thief picks that exact moment to break into her house. Continue reading “Mark of the Demon—Not My Favorite But Okay”→
Moon Over Soho is the second book in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. This time out Constable Peter Grant is investigating the strange deaths of jazz musicians, as well as some deaths by vagina dentata—and yes, the deaths are as gruesome as they sound.
DCI Nightingale, Peter’s superior and the wizard who’s training him, is still suffering the deleterious effects of having been shot in the last book, leaving Peter to do most of the work in the one. Besides looking for several killers, Peter also has to hide the true nature of his investigations from civilians and policemen alike. Continue reading “Moon Over Soho—Evil Magicians and Jazz Vampires”→
Midnight Riot (also printed as River of London), by Ben Aaronovitch, is an urban fantasy told from the first person point of view of Probationary Constable/newly apprenticed wizard Peter Grant as he attempts find out what force is causing people to murder one another and mutilating their faces.
After interviewing a ghost, Peter Grant gets apprenticed to DCI Thomas Nightingale and enters a world of monsters and magic, a world where genius locii battle for control of the River Thames. Nightingale teaches Peter how to sense vestigia, the sense of life and events that permeates the world, not to mention a couple of spells. Peter also goes on a trip through the spirit side of London, through various layers of time to back before there even was a city. Continue reading “Midnight Riot—The Spirits of a City”→
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews is an urban fantasy, the first in the Kate Daniels series. It follows, who else, Kate Daniels as she searches for the murderer of her mentor.
1—Brave New Magical World
Magic Bites takes place in a magic ravaged Atlanta. The skyscrapers have fallen, knocked down by demons or “eaten” by the magic itself. You’d think it would be a dystopian hellscape—and Unicorn Lane is—but by and large people seem to get on as normal. They’ve adapted. There’s a paranormal division of the police, a mercenary’s guild to which Kate belongs, an order of knights, and various supernatural political entities. Continue reading “Magic Bites—Not Quite Dystopian”→
Anson is a walking spoiler so if you’d rather avoid, I skip to the next section. I entirely blame Anson for it taking me so long to finish the series. I just don’t enjoy watching him. Which isn’t to say the actor playing Anson isn’t superb or that the scenes/episodes with him in them aren’t good. I just really hate Anson. He’s the most manipulative son of a bitch in the series and Karma Houdini right up until his death, which you could still argue is too good for him. The stuff that bastard puts Mike through… Continue reading “Burn Notice—Part Two—Things Get Dark”→
Grave Matters, by Lauren M. Roy, is the sequel to Night Owls. An urban fantasy set in and around Boston, this book focuses on vampires and a necromancer.
1—Vampire Turf War
The Boston vampires, lead by Ivanov, are being threatened by a new upstart, the Oisin, a group of young Irish vampires. As Elly works for Ivanov, she ends up right in the middle of things. This is especially problematic as she suspects the groups are being deliberately played off one another by the necromancer who’s been raising ghosts and ghouls all over her new home town of Crow’s Neck. Continue reading “Grave Matters—Back With the Night Owls Crew”→
Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre is the first in the Corine Solomon series. An urban fantasy taking place mostly on the border between Mexico and Texas, Blue Diablo is steeped in magic of all kinds.
1—Magic, Magic Everywhere
Corine’s magic, the ability to see past events when she touches an object, comes with a steep price—the touch burns her because she gained her abilities from her mother when she burned to death when Corine was a child. There are also witches and a necromancer, and demons, not to mention God’s Hand—or so he claims. Kel’s power is real but its source is uncertain to Corine and thus to us. There’s also Chance, Corine’s ex, who has the most extraordinary good luck to point it’s acknowledged as a power. And there’s Jesse Saldana, an empathic cop who becomes Corine’s mentor, and possibly something more, much to Chance’s chagrin. Continue reading “Blue Diablo—A Touch of Fire”→
Gil’s All Fright Diner is a comedic horror young adult novel by A. Lee Martinez.
Gil’s All Fright Diner has some great characters, starting with Duke and Earl, a werewolf and a vampire respectively. They’re just passing through when they get hired by Loretta to protect her diner. Then Earl meets a ghost in the cemetery across the street and they start up a romance. Then there’s Tammy, the jailbait sorceress and Chad her dupe boyfriend/acolyte. Continue reading “Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations”→