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Cunning Devil (Lost Falls Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 327 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 1 of 3 in A Lost Falls Story
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- Publication Date : March 10, 2017
- File Size : 920 KB
- Print Length : 327 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B06X15YBM7
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 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
On the pro side, this book has its own flavor, not being just a derivation of other established series in the genre. It seems to be grammatically correct, and doesn't over or under emphasize descriptive text. The magic system is, without calling it good or bad, at least not boilerplate.
On the con side, the characters are, to me, kind of flat and just don't pop. The movement through the plot is also, to me, kind of weak. Ozzy - the main character - just seems to assume/tell us that things are important when, without the main character explicitly telling me so, I would not otherwise have thought so. The villains also kind of just monologue. The magic system, while not the same as the most popular urban fantasy series out there, is not flashy enough to call it exciting.
It's an average read, for me, but not so bad that I would refuse to finish it or anything. Writing is hard, and just putting together a whole story is an enormous effort; I applaud the author for that. But based on this one book I think it shows that it takes a little more practice to have a really polished work that stands up to scrutiny. But it's the first book in the series, so I'll look forward to seeing how the author matures in writing style.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
Ozzy in addition to being a wizard is good at finding things, so when a father asks him to track down a family heirloom Ozzy takes the case a case that soon becomes more than he bargained for and will take him down the rabbit hole, or in this case Goblin hole! As a deadly time constraint is placed on the find things in the small town of Lost Falls heat to boiling point!
With a strong and likable lead, who wields an interesting and some time esoteric power, a great setting (the mysterious Lost Falls) a wonderful collection of well fleshed out characters.... the Dealer has to be one of the most interesting new characters ever!! And a truly insidious baddy this is a complexed but fast paced superior supernatural drama that packs a real magic punch. Had me hooked from the start to the barnstorming end. Well worth five stars and a read! Looking forward to book two!
But over the past 10 years I’ve discovered some new (to me) fantastic authors.
But Chris Underwood who has written other books under another name, who’s books were fantastic meant that as soon as I knew he had written 2 more under another name I bought them and downloaded them to my Kindle, fingers crossed, could the author (then Chris Strange) keep up the standard he had set on his previous books?
Well I really enjoyed Cunning Devil, big twists and turns, not knowing what's coming next to those great characters.
I’ve read Pay dirt before writing this review, I couldn’t wait, both a fantastic read, with exciting interesting story lines.
Get on the mailing list and you get a free extra book, also fantastic.
Read first two books straight away, was trying to keep third book to savour because not sure when book four is out, alas couldn't resist so write quickly Chris.......