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This is a refreshing take on a few of favored tropes (literary characters in a contemporary setting, urban fantasy, supernatural detective-ish work, etc) Our heroine is Gretta Helsing and she is physician to the supernatural. Her clientele is varied and includes a great many who are usually depicted in a grotesque and evil way, painted in a much more positive light. The ghoul suffering from depression, the close vampire friend who makes an incredibly delicious cup of coffee, the mummy needing a foot bone replacement, and so on. There is humor but not jokes. You care for the players and they are, even when supernatural, very human. When an old order of religious evil vanquishers gets a boost from a terrifying and transfiguring source, the supernatural world finds themselves targeted.
My only irritation has to do with the editing. The narration itself is beautiful but they somehow did not allow for even a brief pause in many scene transitions. It is jarring when you suddenly realize that your confusion about a scene is because it's no longer the same scene and you have been pulled out of the story while you reorient. Hopefully, this is not the case in the next book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Enjoyable book, with dimensional characters and a plot that twists around. Vivian Shaw uses some unusual or even obscure historical details of London with a few current ideas about non-material reality and makes her book unique.
The narration is beautifully done.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful