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The Kingfisher's Debt Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07H8P4YBS
- Publisher : IFWG Publishing Australia (September 30, 2018)
- Publication date : September 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 785 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,961,153 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The basic plot revolves around a kidnapped baby, and while this drives the action, I really enjoyed that it was more about how the investigation affected the characters. This is no police procedural! Although the mystery is solved, and this story wrapped up to my total satisfaction, I was left with so many questions about the larger world, and burning curiosity to know what these people are going to do next!
Kingfishers Debt was a great read, and felt like it was just a taste of what this author has to offer. She has inserted magic into our world (with rules and consequences, no cheating on storytelling by using magic!) and now I want to see Tamsin help the police with more investigations. And I want to know what was going on elsewhere while Tamsin was dealing with Scott-no-mates. And what's up with the Elementals? The scope for more stories in this world is endless. Please!
I liked the book and found it difficult to put down. It is witty and cleverly written. But I really struggled to understand it. Too many characters all twisted together with magic and cultural rules. Added to this were New Zealand words that I did not know and couldn’t contextualise. The book also switched from past to present, like two books running parallel, which just added to the confusion. I couldn’t follow the plot and I hoped as I neared the end it would become clear but it didn’t for me. It might for you.
Tamsin is a mysterious fairy, who has other mysterious power, and universally tied to the Chief of the local police through a life bond. How this happened is explained in the past flashbacks while the current story tells of the death of a baby, which is surrounded in magic.
The story has been carefully crafted, weaving fact and fiction into a story that captures the imagination and sucks you into its reality. Great characters, fabulous storyline, and an open ending...perhaps more kingfisher books are in the future?
As others have mentioned, there is some time-hopping between "present day" and the MC's teenage years. It took a few chapters for me to get into partly for this reason -- a lot of characters to meet -- but I liked how it let us see the MC's teenage romance develop, which definitely affected how I felt about things happening in the present timeline. And I'm all about feelings.
This is Urban Fantasy. And it's Urban Fantasy set in NZ. There is snark. The author is a master of snark.
Partly due to the snark, I was concerned that I would be dealing with an unreliable narrator, which had me nervous for the first quarter or a third of the book. But eventually, as I settled into the MC's way of thinking/working, I just found it delightful.
Probably my biggest trip ups was picturing the local settings. I grew up around the corner from St Clair beach, so I know it very well, and my dad had a business near the Court House, so same thing. The details were not overly important to the enjoyment of the story, I don't think, so I feel that people from outside of Dunedin (or even NZ) could still enjoy the story for the essence of the story itself. Although, yes, there are some details that will give a local a bit of a chuckle but might pass a non-local by. No biggie, though. Some of the NZ-specific and, of course, Māori terms may confuse many around the world, but I say understanding is not essential to the overall enjoyment of the story.
There were times when the story jumped back to the present where I just wanted to get back to the past to watch romance blossom, and then later I wanted to leave the past behind to get back to the present-day developing drama... I think this added to the page-turning, rather than detracted.
So, Urban Fantasy:
* Crime/mystery -- check
* Romance -- check
* Romeo/Juliet family/clan politics and the ensuing drama -- check (instead of vampires/werewolves, it's Fairies/Elementals)
* People who know about magic/Muggles -- check
I think if you are a Urban Fantasy fan with NZ ties, you can't go past this one. But I think it's got potential to find a broader audience, too.
Go forth and read!
PS: There be swearing, just in case you're bothered by that.