I stole this one from Southern Dave the last time he visited. He said he had the series recommended to him by an e-pal who collects books with interesting female protagonists. I should pass an opinion on the book.

The central character is a hard-arsed smart-mouthed mercenary. Within two pages I was thinking Oh, dear, what’s so interesting, or exceptional, about this character? An visiting friend picked up the book and pointed out the blurb on the back was even worse. It describes the protagonist as a ‘down-on-her-luck mercenary’. She is not actually good at what she does! She doesn’t get the smell of an income until the second-last page of the book! This is while she is pursuing the murderer of her guardian, for free. *Thump!!*

Sorry, a lippy mercenary who won’t knuckle down and play with the team is not an interesting character to me. It’s a stereotype! There’s probably a trope for it. I’m not going to look.

The book is set in the city of Atlanta after the return of magic for the first time since the Bronze Age. The specifics of the event are not described. Magic is based on belief. It’s sort of like Discworld without the interesting world-building. It did make me wonder if anyone is using Detroit as the background for this kind of urban fantasy. After all Detroit is the poster child of urban decay. Sort of begs for it.

I will have to borrow the next couple of titles from Southern Dave. It took me about three titles out of the Dresden Files before I wanted to read more. (I want to know how that cold war heats up, although I haven’t got back to that series.) And it took me about three or four titles before I concluded that Laurel Hamilton is unreadable and tedious! (As Ghastly Beyond Belief once observed Well, yes, sex can be boring!)

Ah, well, I found a cheap copy of Darklands by Liz Williams before New Year’s Eve. I’m hoping that she provides a tonic to this.