I bought and read this book, although it's not the genre I normally opt for. But I'm so glad to have read it.
Firstly I would point out the book's style. It is, I felt, a dark and fast paced, historical action. It has excellent characters (Hawkwood, the protagonist, is superb),you really bond with the characters and care for what they are doing. There's nothing worse than a story in which you don't give a hoot about main characters or their purpose and especially the villians' role is just as important. But thankfully James Mcgee excels in making his characters' charismatic and engaging.
Ratcather has an interesting story, which moves quickly, but is structured well and keeps you involved at all times.
As the first in a Trilogy Ratcatcher is an absorbing, fun and exciting read. Moreover, the 2nd and 3rd books: Resurrectionist and Rapscallion, really capitalise on the success of the first book. I can honestly say this trilogy is one of my favorite, and if you read all three in succession you won't be disappointed. I'm on my second read of all three!
Of course this book won't be for everyone, people have different tastes and some will disagree with me. But if you like a little history, with a twist of action, a hint of dark humour, sprinkled with a dose of cleverness then read it, please.
I salute James Mcgee for writing three fine books and hope he writes many more in the future.