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Stomping supernatural romp (no Endless here, however),
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This is an interesting start to a new supernatural series. It's harder and darker than the typical modern `urban fantasy', exchanging everlasting love and swooning heroines for everlasting anguish, while demons are despatched with poise and prejudice and interestingly weird weapons of war.
The action takes place in modern American - indeed, some of the slanguage needed a quick translation on this side of the Pond. The hero returns after spending over a decade fighting hellions in the arena down below, swearing vengeance on the magicians who betrayed him. It all gets off to a great start when he decapitates one of his ex-friends, keeps him alive, and stores the body in a closet being tortured by a TV tuned to daytime programmes...
On the upside, this is an inventive tale with a vivid tone, plenty of action, a credibly constructed reality and an interesting protagonist. On the downside, he picks up a defenceless female apprentice in no time flat (enough with the girly apprentices, already), and my hackles didn't appreciate the blatant abuse of the 'sandman' tag. The name was utterly irrelevant to the character and it felt like a feeble attempt at getting the book listed in the right genre. Don't come here looking for Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Morpheus would wipe the floor with these guys without Goldie so much as cheeping.
Once I got over myself, however, I really enjoyed this opening chapter in what is plainly going to be an extended story arc involving the forces of heaven, hell and a bunch of bad guys. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud snappy in places, and one of the final scenes with Someone Important was a gem. So I'm gung-ho for the next episode, and if you enjoy the Iron Druid chronicles (Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles: Book One), Alex Versus adventures (Cursed: An Alex Verus Novel) or the recent Technomancer (Unspeakable Things: Book One), then this should suit you too.