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- Print Length: 327 pages
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- Publication Date: March 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X15YBM7
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is everything an urban fantasy should be. Thrilling, fast paced, with a plot that twists and doubles back on itself masterfully, all the while utilizing a worldview that draws heavily on folklore and actual magical lore. Chris Underwood has just made his way to the top of my Immediate Buy least, and he's tied with Craig Shaefer, which is a huge compliment. Of you're a fan of books like the Daniel Faust series or Black Magic Outlaw, buy this book immediately. It's perfection
Then it turned up on my Goodreads list so I checked out some of the reviews and took a punt, so glad I did.
The Dark and Mysterious Lost Falls unfolds at a great pace, not too much, just enough to keep the story moving but it hints at so much more. I like the approach tot he supernatural and I liked the way the Characters become more and more real as the story unfolds. The protagonist certainly comes to life and the book wraps up really well with a good lead into further stories.
Comparable to Dresdon etc if you want to put a Genre title on it, but its unique and dark and a bit gritty.
Ozzy gained his power the hard way, through sacrifice and study. His abilities are modest compared to the super-powered wizards that populate the pages of most such stories, and were all the more believable for it. Ozzy is definitely one of my favorite characters in recent memory.
I'm eagerly awaiting Book 2!
In Cunning Devil, Chris Underwood’s debut novel, Ozzy takes on a charity case, going in search of a stolen family heirloom—an antique silver child’s rattle—after the death of a man’s son. But nothing in this case is what it seems, and instead of thanking him for finding the rattle, the man turns on him. Shot and left for dead, Ozzy makes a devil’s bargain to buy enough life to get revenge. His quest leads him deeper into trouble—literally, in an underground goblins’ lair—as the battle he is caught up in wreaks destruction on Lost Falls.
The story is a fast-paced thriller, focusing on some other preternatural creatures rather than the ubiquitous werewolves and vampires. There’s violence and gore but no sex, and the understated almost-romance has a certain squick factor to it. Other reviewers have compared the book to the Harry Dresden series, but I thought it closer in spirit to the Mercedes Thompson series, which I prefer.
Ozzy is a promising, likeable character, capable of both deadly revenge and acts of great kindness and compassion, including to a creature that had just attacked him and gouged him with its claws. His uneasy alliance with a former enemy makes for amusing reading. The second book in the series, Pay Dirt, has just been released; it will be interesting to see where this series goes.
While his writing isn't perfect, his characters are familiar yet very original. I enjoyed the fact that their motivations are very believable, and they experience growth that shows in their actions at the end of the book.
He also ties it into a larger world and plot that hints at the fun adventures in store for readers in books to come.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next adventure.