You guyyysss! I’m finally reviewing a Dresden Files book! I’m so excited! Squee!
Approximately five years after Harry Potter ended, my life (at least, my reading life) was filled with one unfulfilled desire after another. I courted other books, I chased after the promises they made, and I was ultimately disappointed. No book filled the hole in my heart that Harry Potter left behind….
…Until I met another wizard named Harry: Harry Dresden. He was sitting on a college library shelf labeled “recommended by librarians,” looking innocuous and slightly mysterious. The book: Storm Front. The setting: a Chicago just a bit different from the one the public knows about. Continue reading “The Dresden Files: Dead Beat”
Paul Anthony Shortt’s Locked Within, the first book in his Memory Wars trilogy, is an urban fantasy set in New York City. While you may start reading it and go, “Oh no, vampires again?” (Like I did), if you keep reading past the character’s first introduction to the magical world teeming beneath New York’s skin then you will find a fascinating world of “reborns” versus immortals, the Conclave versus the Council of Chains. Vampires do exist in this book, but I got the feeling they were more of henchmen to the big baddies instead of the big baddies themselves.
Locked Within follows Nathan Shepherd, an office clerk who likes to do some unofficial crime investigation on the side. When he receives paperwork he’s supposed to process for requests for more information on mysterious groups of deaths that occur every ten years, the investigative bug bites Nathan, and he goes out to investigate what he can about those past deaths. He finds himself in a deadly situation involving vampires, barely escapes with his life, and discovers a body of a woman who died with a look of pure horror on her face. Continue reading “Memory Wars: Locked Within”
Beatrysel, by Johnny Worthen, is a very interesting novel. Set in Portland, Oregon, it centers around dark and occult deaths caused, if not by the self-made Mage Julian Cormac, then by someone close to him.
Julian has just come out of a drug-filled stupor prescribed by his psychiatrist after he exited a mental hospital to find that something is very wrong. His friends the Crabs, so called because they frequent a quaint bookshop called the Crabtree, are being targeted by a serial killer that kills by luring their victims to their deaths by Magick. Continue reading “Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen”