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This book (as I've learned from reading all of the Daniel Faust titles released so far) have multiple plots running together. The story opens up with Daniel introducing the reader to his world in Las Vegas. This is a city that thrives on illusions and we learn that it just goes deeper than the ones that we see. Faust's world is one of magic but it's hidden and one can't really access it. The story follows the usual UF tradition of having a first person narrative. Faust introduces the readers to his friends in the Tiger's Garden, a hangout place which is only accessible to those in tune with magic & other supernatural latencies of the world. He gets approached by an old Minnesotan man to find his grand daughter who has gotten into porn and has now gone missing. Further complicating matters is the fact that she was forced to participate in some heinous films and whose director is knee deep into seedier aspects.
There's a few more plot complications (such as Caitlin's introduction, the main big bad, etc) which further fuel the the story and keep the readers guessing as to where the story might end up. All through out this, the author keeps on laying the groundwork for the sequels as well as the character cast besides Daniel. We are given glimpses of his past and introduced to those whom he considers friends and family. We also get to meet the people he has associated with in the past as a criminal. He still does odd jobs and is a person who operates on the other side of law. But he has his rules and while he's not one to shy away from murder and deceit, he still tries to hold to a moral line of only killing folks who deserve it.
Craig Schaefer really effuses the story with lots of twists and the best way I can think of describing this book and the series is Richard Stark's Parker meets The Dresden Files. The main character and the rest of the characters that are introduced aren't heroes but they sure are heroic in their deeds. They regularly work as thieves and are often the type that would be featured as antagonists or at least working in the shadows. But to the author's credit, the story works and Faust is an absorbing narrator. I loved how the author goes about expanding the story and world while keeping the narrative tightly focussed.
The main mystery gets resolved however the other plot twists get introduced and the story takes a whole new path, leading on to a frightful climax. The story does end on a sombre note and there's enough potential shown within that I wanted to read the second book immediately. The action is more on a personal level and the big battle towards the end does make up a lot for the start. However this book does have some inertia, particularly in the first third wherein the plot is set up and all the characters are introduced.
The author tries his best but considering this is his debut, there's some rough spots in the book which might slowdown the read for many a reader. For me, this book was a decent but slightly slow read but since I had read THE WHITE GOLD SCORE previously. I soldiered on knowing that the once the plot finds its groove, it would be worth it and it definitely was. The story has a good mix of action, plot twists and character drama, and the author hints at certain things that might play out in future books. There are some plot threads and twists which just seem to be resolved easily but this is done with the long haul in mind and something I as a reader could overlook.
Craig Schaefer does that admirably as he leads up to a big climax which does solve most of the plot threads while setting up the sequels. The epilogue is a kicker and hearkens back to very first plot thread and brings it to a solid, fitting conclusion. Still I would rate this book as a three & half star effort, because after reading the sequels I know how good they are and in comparison, this book while absorbing, does its job of introducing the series, characters and world appropriately.
CONCLUSION: The Long Way Down is an admirable debut that introduces the readers to a world wherein the heroes aren't really heroic but charismatic nonetheless, the bad guys are evil but not entirely misguided and the stakes are truly world-shattering. It was a debut that left me admiring the author's ingenuity & writing skills in spite of the flaws within. Give this book a shot if you love urban fantasy and want to read something darker than most titles that have been published so far.
#1) There is a ton of fighting and I get really bored cuz girl here or
#2) Way too much description of how the magic is working. *yawns*
But Daniel Faust sorta fell on the other side of that. I have no idea how any of the magic works in this world. Like absolutely none. I know he has playing cards and that his how he fights but other than that I couldn’t tell you anything else about it. Which is okay and didn’t really bother me at all. Also there aren’t a lot of intense and really drawn out fights in this. There is fighting but it doesn’t traverse multiple chapters for the same fight and I appreciate that.
This is a really solid first book of a series and it has a lot going for it.
A. Daniel is a pretty likeable guy and seems to be working for a greater good even if he himself is not all sunshine and Rainbows.
B. This has an interesting take on actual demonic princes carving up territories in the world and governing them
C. There are demons. Some are nicer than others and Some are just awesomesauce in a bad to the bone kind of way. Caitlin I’m totally looking at you. She completely rocked and I will never get on her bad side EVER.
“Little magus,” she said, and I realized she was talking to me. I opened my eyes. She held Artie in her arms, coiled in a parody of a seductive embrace. “You should watch this,” she said, flashing a smile lined with shark teeth. Then she bit into his cheek. Slowly.
D. There are pop culture references and a lot of snarky dialogue. I enjoy that.
E. There is a pretty cool Scooby-doo squad for back up
“You forgot your line, by the way.”
“What line?” Meadow demanded.
“When you rant about your master plan for world domination, you’re supposed to end with ‘but it’s too bad you won’t live to see it.’ I mean, if you’re gonna act like a jerk pulp villain, at least show some commitment to the part.”
F. There is a love interest and I really like her quite a bit even if it went a little fast (I like a slow burn) but they aren’t using the L-word yet just lusting a bit.
G. A clubhouse that won't let it in unless it wants you to find it.
H. The plot we decent and man there were a few unexpected twists in there. This book is a little darker than some of the other UF I’ve been reading.
My one and only issue is that it meandered a bit in the middle and seemed to go nowhere for a while. But this is Mr. Shaefer’s first book and I’ve really enjoyed the Harmony Black series so I think that we can only go up from here.
I am looking forward to a walk on the darker side of UF and see what the sorcerer has in store in the future. Plus that epilogue, I really thought it was going to go in one direction and then it took a sharp turn around the bend and plunged over a cliff and it exploded fantastically. I LOVED IT!!! This got and extra 0.5 Star just for what happened in the epilogue.
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Caitlin's a real interesting character; alluring, rich, and absolutely terrifying.Read more