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When I read the description for The Wolves of London, I thought it sounded like a good urban fantasy. It was that, but it was so much more!
Alex Locke is a mild-mannered fellow with a couple of ex-girlfriends and a couple of daughters. Each day is much like the others for this single dad, as he gets his youngest ready for school and arranges child care with the neighbors before he commutes to his job as a teacher. Nobody knows about his criminal past--until the day his oldest daughter reveals that she's in a jam. Alex is forced to call in a favor. And that's when the real trouble begins.
A lot of urban fantasy focuses on underground supernatural factions as they battle for control over territory or lives, and often there's some romance thrown in as well. That's what I was expecting, and The Wolves of London seemed to be going in that direction--but then it took a left turn. And then another, and another, until I had zero idea where this story was going next. It was a fresh new take on the genre, and wholly unpredictable!
I definitely appreciated Morris's imagination, but even better are the great characters in this book. So here's a warning--this is only Book One, and there's definitely more to the story. I just finished listening, and already I miss Alex as well as the other people from this realistic world that's also a very unrealistic world (in a good way!). Describing them would spoil too much--let's just say that everybody you'll meet here is full of surprises!
No review for this audiobook is complete without a mention of Ben Onwukwe, the narrator. His voice is just gorgeous, but his range of accents and voices is plain incredible. His reading creates characterization that adds both depth and humor to the weird, weird world of the story.
So if you're looking for something a little different in the urban fantasy line, I highly recommend The Wolves of London. But hold on to your headphones--you're in for a crazy ride.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Creative tale and first installment the 'Wolves' story world of the dark-fantastic. Reminiscent of Clive Barker fiction without the sexual overtones. I enjoyed the story and the narration performance was good, though often a bit dry and melancholy. Not terribly distracting, but the baritone delivery is somewhat demanding and requires the right 'mood' for long listen times.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I had no expectations when I bought this book but I was blown away! I loved it! The only bad part was getting to the end and realising that I wo have to wait for the next. I only finished it this afternoon and have already recommend it to three people.
What other book might you compare The Wolves of London to, and why?
I don't like to compare because it's no really like anything I have read before. It's a really dark urban fantasy set in London. The obvious comparison would be Ben Aaronovich's Rivers of London series and if you like that then you should enjoy this. However this is much darker, I love the concept of the obsidian heart and want to find out more.
What about Ben Onwukwe’s performance did you like?
He brought the characters to life and made be believe it. Great performance.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was scared, worried and at times disgusted and relieved, there were some tense moments, I care about the characters and want to find out more about them.
Any additional comments?
This book was an unexpected gem and is well worth a listen.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
The problem with looking at reviews before starting a book is that comments often stick with you and sometimes interfere with your perception and enjoyment of a book. Several reviewers words stuck with me throughout my listen but left me shaking my head as I finished it...
I didn't find this book to be a Rivers of London rip off.
I liked the slow but steady introduction of supernatural elements rather than a single plunge.
I enjoyed the narrator.
The author is very able to write.
The story does meander during the second half of the book, but except for a few odd sections I didn't find this to be a problem.
The story doesn't resolve in one book - boo hoo.
This book isn't trying to be Dr Who.
It feels like the majority of the "most helpful" reviews have read a different book or were very confused at what they were getting in to: "I found the supernatural elements to be unbelievable"... I rest my case.
For some reason this really annoyed me - probably because I enjoyed the book so much. It wasn't perfect but is definitely the start to a trilogy that I look forward to following.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Don't bother trying to work out what is going on because it turns out nothing is going on. Like a horror film that relies on nothing but jump scares this "story" is nothing but unrelated events linked by not so shocking twists that go nowhere before ending on a cliffhanger that was more moderately annoying slope than actual cliff. I got this because I like fantasy and I like London. Unfortunately there is very little London in the book (it could have been any city) and the fantasy was anything but fantastic.