not a hardcore fantasy/sci fi fan,
This review is from: Nightlife (Roc Fantasy) (Mass Market Paperback)
ok first off i'm a big jim butcher fan which is what drew me to these books in the first place. I read the other comments on here before getting this book for xmas. they kinda had me at more of a negative attitude towards it with their comments about the way the narration changes halfway through etc. well everyone has their own opinion and i don't necessarily disagree.
first point I should make the whole book is just setting the scene for the rest of the series. obvious right? well yes and no, most first books usually fill you in around a specific event happening such as a crime to solve or whatever. what's been done here is that you a introduced to the world that is cal and niko's life. The way they live and why is explained, friends/enemies are introduced and the characters are all padded out. don't get me wrong this doesn't make it boring or mean that there's no plot at all it's there but in this book just rests lightly in the background for the most part.
The humour and the brotherly relationship is all there and possibly is a little overdone at times (the only real negative that i could find)but it still manages to keep the book interesting to read and help move the story along.
as for the change of narrative style halfway through well i thought it worked. It meant that blanks were filled in on parts of cal's life that otherwise may have been drawn out far too long over future books. Also that is really the point that the background stuff is swapped to the backburner for the story and the action begins to really kick in.
my only real reason for only giving it three stars was because it didn't quite make the same quality level as jim butcher for me. But that's not stopped me from just ordering the next one in the series. and it did have me hooked enough to stay up till 3 am to read it.