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Hungry Ghosts
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Stephen Blackmoore

Daw Books
February 7, 2017 / ISBN 9780756409418
Fantasy

Reviewed by Jan Fields

 

Necromancer Eric Carter is married to the patron saint of death, and that's not even his biggest problem. Drug cartel goons want him dead, he accidentally made a promise to an ancient god, and he's slowly turning to stone. He has a plan, but no idea if it'll work or make everything spectacularly worse. With his luck, he figures it'll be the latter. Eric is a unique protagonist: conflicted (which we expect) but deeply flawed, with a moral code as fluid as soup. He's a killer and that doesn't really keep him up nights, though the drugs he takes do. The character and the story are dark and grim, where the happiest ending possible is still pretty crappy for the characters, but I found myself raptly turning pages to discover just how bad it was going to get. The voice and pacing were good, tight and engaging. The wit isn't quippy but it's entertaining just the same. I found the Aztec mythology woven into this story a unique and fascinating addition to the urban fantasy genre, especially the trip through the afterlife. It was nice to meet some new monsters. For any reader who likes their urban fantasy as dark as raven's wings, this series will satisfy.

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2017
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