Certainly this book was very funny, laugh aloud funny actually usually due to the main character's dry comments about anything and everything. I do not know how, but I always end up giving a Peter Grant novel 4 stars although I am not usually satisfied with the plot construction. It was great to see Leslie again, though. Within pages I was chuckling aloud, but also relishing the developing feeling of danger. Sounds mundane and not Peter Grant at all, but the murder weapon is a shard of magically imbued pottery.
The places were so proper and so awesome almost all the way through the book, but I lacked something gripping, suspenseful or more spooky. Peter's a wizard on the force. When confronted, Carroll confesses, adding that he was also jealous of Gallagher's skill in pottery. Somehow with all that I'm always, at best mildly enthusiastic about them. After we found out about the attack, people became more serious but everybody urged us to continue our holiday and enjoy ourselves. You know the types - the grey-haired bearded wizened sages think your average Gandalf and Dumbledore here that give all kinds of wisdom-infused life-saving advice.
There are still laugh-out-loud funny moments, but the book felt more serious overall. But I enjoy every minute of these books and most of all, this character. Little things that stood out for me -Stephanopolous! Sounds mundane and not Peter Grant at all, but the murder weapon is a shard of magically imbued pottery. I know I won't be reading any of these as long as he's narrating them! Nightingale's voice comes into its own here. I recommend to have a map of the London burroughs handy or maybe an AtoZ. This time around my rating will most likely be quite a bit higher.
There seems to be a lot more exposition as well, and sadly -- at least it feels this way to me -- less history about London and less of Peter experimenting with magic using science, which were the two things I'd loved best about the first two books. Some editing mistakes in the ebook, mostly missing prepositions and articles. Lesley stuck her head through the door, spotted us and came in. The only issue I have is with Agent Reynolds's American accent, but I can only assume it's as difficult for an Englishman to put on an American accent as it is for me to attempt an English one. I had to make myself stop and catch up on some of my other reading, because I was ready to continue the series full-speed and because I thought my acquired accent was sounding a little strange.
I read these books for the characters, the world and the humor. As an unexpected snowfall shuts London down and Christmas approaches, Peter and his friends link clue to clue. He is not drop down gorgeous and he is not emotionally scarred or running from an ancient enemy. I want to know more about the world and the deeper mysteries of the Faceless Man that have been set up. Some editing mistakes in the ebook, mostly missing prepositions and articles. I liked it but it still took me years to pick the next 2 up. Its founders were instrumental in excavating the tunnels that later became the heart of the London Underground railway.
It quickly emerges that there is not merely a supernatural component to the case but that a secret world lies beneath the streets of the 'mundane' non-magical metropolis, and that the supernatural semi-human subterranean inhabitants may be no more harmless than the entirely human population who are blissfully unaware of their existence. I can tell he's that good. That said, as I mentioned before these are excellent books and I know that some readers devour them as I do the Dresden books. Each book has been something of a romance with his digs and it shows most of all here, with Grant and Leslie investigating the underground art world of London. I loved the dialogue, both internal — Peter to reader — and between characters.
I wonder if the Silent People calling him half caste was racial or if it's foreshadowing to him being fae. I longed for more magic. They're solid and deeply grounded in normal London life. But I enjoy every minute of these books and most of all, this character. I continued to enjoy the exploring of the magical and interesting world under London.
While Grant is recovering in hospital, Lesley tells him she has confirmed Beale, Gallagher and Carroll are all descendants of the founders of the Unbreakable Empire Pottery corporation. To read this review and more like it check out 7. Voicing of Zach the half-fae had me laughing. As noted, I guess it's just a matter of taste. And I love that her.