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David Niall Wilson's writing can sometimes be like poetry. And, like poetry, it is easy to get lost in the words and not pay attention to their meaning. This book starts with that style, but quickly goes into a more regular form of story-telling.
This book/series is an urban-fantasy series (like the Dresden Files, Anita Blake, etc...).
Much of this book is located in a Latino barrio. The narrator of the audiobook sometimes mispronounces how the characters would actually pronounce things, but that is forgivable.
Books in this series
1) Heart of a Dragon (which came out after the first couple books...a prequel)
2) Vintage Soul
3) My Soul to Keep & Others
4) Kali's Tale
(Wilson's NEVERMORE also has a link. DeChance mentions that he met Poe in KALI'S TALE, which birthed the need for Wilson to write NEVERMORE according to Wilson's website.)
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This is a really appealing urban fantasy story with some great original themes (especially around the overlap between colour, art, and spirit). If you like the idea of Buffy, or the Dresden Files where apparently ordinary humans turn out to have hidden talents and fight paranormal evil while exercising a nice line in witty repartee, then you'll enjoy this. As I did. Rival gangs, animal spirits, zombies, voodoo, dragons and all kinds of magic infuse this story, and Donovan de Chance is a thoroughly enjoyable hero with a D&D-esque bag of tricks and a library Giles might envy. So a lot of fun to be had here!
The only sour note, for me, came in the sort of scene I've not read much since Dennis Wheatley which involves a female character having her clothes torn off in an assault and the hero stopping, literally, to smirk and enjoy it. It was a weirdly misogynist moment and threw me out of a story I had been enjoying and a protagonist I was beginning to like a lot. I liked him a lot less after that bit of creepishness.
But that was one moment, and there really was a lot to enjoy here. This is the first in a series, so I'm very willing to give Donovan another (de) Chance - especially if his mysterious cat Cleo, feisty sidekick Amythest and talented young artist Salvatore make more appearances.
Narrator Corey Snow is very good, tackling a variety of accents, ages and genders convincingly and with good differentiation. I will be looking for more of his work.
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free for review purposes. My opinions are my own and independent.
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