Lt. Kathryn Kitaen, a detective of Magic Affairs for the Metamor City Police Department, is not having her best day. An unidentified man in her precinct has been burned to death by unknown magic. A powerful wizard has erased the evidence from the crime scene. The commander of a powerful paramilitary organization wants to pick a fight over jurisdiction. And to top it all off, the Empire's top spymaster wants her to find his missing daughter: a spoiled and decadent heiress who's infamous for sparking scandal and controversy wherever she goes.
Together with her partner, the Elven life-mage David Silverleaf, Kate must expose a conspiracy of silence in the highest ranks of the Empire's nobility: a web of lies that has already claimed one life, and threatens to take more. To get to the truth - to protect the city she loves - Kate will have to unravel a mystery that has baffled the Empire for a generation...a mystery that began in a magic-filled jungle on the other side of the world....
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Supernatural, Law and Order, and D&D in one
Intricate storytelling in a fabulous new world
Yes, absolutely. Good quality sound, particularly for an independent production. The author reads his own work and each of his character voices is distinct and vivid. The world of Metamor is distinctive, well fleshed, and fascinating. Strong characters, solid plot, and some interesting story hooks that left me satisfied with this book but definitely looking forward to more.
Nothing quite leaps to mind. Things Unseen can be considered Urban fantasy, but it takes place in a world that is like Earth but with a radically different timeline. Magic isn't just in the open - it's never been hidden. In spite of this, technology is just as important a force in the world. It's not quite like anything I can call to mind having read.
I listened to Chris Lester's Making the Cut, which was a free full-cast audiobook released through The Metamor City Podcast. He has several other shorter works which can also be found through this source, some in the same world and some not. He has always been a good writer, but I think he has improved quite a lot. If you like this book, I recommend looking up his podcast or buying anything else by him on audible.
There are a couple of pretty intense and violent scenes in this book. The main character starts out humorous, but she has some growing to do throughout the book and most of it isn't pleasant for her. It's got a fair amount of emotional punch, with some light horror elements.
Definitely listen to this book if you like gritty, detailed urban fantasy with a dash of humor and a dollop of light horror, with just a dash of philosophy. There's plenty of action, but it takes a little time to get there. There are a couple of kinky bits too, but nothing terribly graphic. A murder mystery wrapped up in guns and magic and possibly the end of the world. Can't wait to see where it goes from here.