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The Devil Takes His Time
on 26 November 2007
Felix Castor is an exorcist in a version of modern day London were ghosts are a common occurrence. He is hired by the head of an archive to exorcise the spirit of a young women whose face is hidden behind a red haze. Castor's investigations will lead him away from the world of academia into one of people trafficking and deadly gangsters. Will Castor ignore the warnings of his friend when he is told to not take this case or face death?
There were elements of 'The Devil You Know' that I really liked, whilst others fell slightly flat. The character of Felix Castor himself is a great one and Carey creates a really interesting world for him to live in. It is instantly recognisable as modern day London and somehow the introduction of ghosts, zombies and were-creatures seems to work. I also thought that the investigation in the book was decent and was similar to a PI novel more than science fiction.
Unfortunately, a lot of the good work that Carey put into realising his universe is undone by his inability to be succinct. The book comes in at over 400 pages and feels far too long for lightweight fare. He adds too much explanation and goes into more detail than needed on several occasions. Despite this it is still a good book and the ending suggests that sequels could even be better. I would recommend it to fans of Jim Butcher as it a companion series to the 'Harry Dresden' books.