Few years ago, I read Sonya Bateman's "Gavyn Donatti" urban fantasy series (Master of None and Master and Apprentice) and I really enjoyed it. So I was bummed when I discovered that the series didn't continue -- probably the publisher decided that it wasn't selling enough? Then I found out that she released a NEW one (totally by coincidence! I saw the cover at Lou Harper's Gallery) and I was so excited! It wasn't a continuation to Donatti, but I didn't care. It is a NEW book (and hopefully new series) !!
Well, I enjoyed this one too!!! The beginning had a tortured Fae, saving his haffling baby brother then the story starts 26 years later with Gideon Black, whose job is transporting corpses to the city morgue. Only this time, with a corpse that seems to be mangled by a big animal, well, the corpse TALKS to Gideon!!
Apparently, it is a start of a 'new life' for Gideon when he finally finds out about supernatural beings as well as his own heritage. Of course, what's an urban fantasy series without some life-threatening actions to our heroes, right? Because Gideon must also stand up and fight against Milus Dei, an ancient cult dedicated to hunt down and destroy non-human beings.
It was a fast-paced read, and I LOVE the characters introduced here. I loved Gideon, I liked that he embraces his power and heritage quite well, and when push comes to shove he doesn't hesitate. The villain is not a big mystery here, it's the adventure and finding a new-set of family for Gideon that just warmed me over.
So yep, I loved it!!
The book mentioned a title for second book already, so I hope, with this being self-published and everything, that it will have better 'life' than the Donatti series.
Yay for new urban fantasy to follow!