5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun, but derivative,
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This review is from: Hunted By The Others (H&W Investigations Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Human PI, vampires, werewolves, magic-users, a missing magical artefact... now where have I seen this before? Oh yes, Jim Butcher's 'Dresden Files' series.
To be honest, I quite enjoyed this book and it was an easy, fast-paced read but I wouldn't have tried it if I'd had to pay full price for it. There's no great depth to the story (or the writing for that matter), and I thought that the overall premise needed more work - saying that these non-human characters supposedly 'revealed' themselves after 9/11 seems a rather spurious explanation and that point was never developed. Magi are apparently non-humans too, to the extent that they can't even interbreed with 'normals' - yet they look exactly like us? Sorry, I'm not really convinced by that theory. I'm all for suspending disbelief, but this required you to throw your disbelief out the window and have it run over by a truck.
There's a lot of this sort of fantasy around at the moment; and this isn't amongst the best. Jim Butcher does it much better in his Dresden Files series. This just seemed like a poor rip-off of those. One of the mages' familiars is even called Bob, for goodness sake! OK, he's not a talking skull, but still...
Overall - a bit superficial and not particularly well-written, but it's a fun read if it's your first foray into this kind of fiction. The series will hopefully develop with time. Younger readers might enjoy it more.