Thursday, June 12, 2008

Unshapely Things (Connor Grey #1) by Mark Del Franco

Unshapely Things Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco

From the Publisher
In the alleys of the decrepit Boston neighborhood known as the Weird, fairy prostitutes are turning up dead. The crime scenes show signs of residual magic, but the Guild, which polices the fey, has more "important" crimes to investigate and dumps the case on human law enforcement.

Boston police call in Connor Grey, a druid and former hotshot Guild investigator-whose magical abilities were crippled after a run-in with a radical environmentalist elf. As Connor battles red tape and his own shortcomings, he realizes that the murders are not random, but part of an ancient magical ritual. And if Connor can't figure out the killer's M.O., the culmination of the spell might just bring about a worldwide cataclysm.

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a good book. It took me a little while to get into it, but that was because it is a new series by a new author and I often find the whole set up of a series and the details of the world a bit boring. The premise is modern day Boston where Faerie has merged with our world in the past, bringing all sorts of magical creatures with it. I quite enjoyed the fact that this Urban Fantasy is all about magical creatures, and does not have the normal vamps, weres, etc in it.

The author does a good job setting up the background for this new series if you can get past the basic set up. The characters are very strongly developed and I really like the flits, especially Stinkwort/Joe.

Connor Grey reminds me a bit of Harry Dresden, but only because he is a bit of an inept magic user. Connor is not a wizard, but a Druid and he has lost his magical abilities due to an accident involving and elf, a nuclear power plant and a magical ring. Since he can no longer work for the Guild (kind of a magical police force) he helps out the Boston PD on cases that involve the Fey.

As the story became more involved I really began enjoying it more and more. The last quarter of the book was even a 'can't put it down' read. I really look forward to the next book in the series in the hopes that the author continues with his trend towards a great Urban Fantasy series.

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shaunesay said...

yay! I'm glad you liked it! Several times I've almost bought the second one in the store, knowing this one was coming to me, and talked myself out of it going, but what if I don't like it? So I'm excited to get it now, and afraid the second one will be coming home with me soon! LOL!

WSS4 said...

Yes I am definitely looking forward to the second book. This is one of those books that grows on you. The more I read the more I liked it. At first I was just like, "It's okay". About halfway through I was liking it much better and by the last 1/4 I could not put it down. So stick with it and let me know what you think.

Amberkatze said...

It was okay...not special but okay.

Daelith said... this one too. I'll get to it one of these days.