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The world Alex Berg has created is fairly modern, but pre-electricity. No steam conveyances, either. But there are trolls, orcs, dwarves, goblins, and more. While not a fantasy setting in the conventional sense, there's the occasional bit of magic, but these stories focus much more on the various homicides the titular pair investigate, and their blossoming relationship.
These are fun, light reads, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one in the series.
Previously the relationship between Daggers and Steele was a wonderful slow build, it left me wanting more. There was tension... and then it falls flat. We're almost back to square one again. There's no intrigue, no delicious craving apart from one or two references. It may be a subplot to the actual story, but it's still an important factor. To me, Steele is also a little less likeable. A little too perfect even when admitting her shortcoming. Daggers is far more like able. He's gritty, honest and real. Had I started with this book though I wouldn't have had a sense of what drives him. He's a cop but where's the rest of him? I do understand that the time line didn't allow much backstory or a look into his personal life. Those snippets made him real, fleshed him out. We felt his pain.
The murder investigation seemed neat, formulaic and without much contrast. Where was the conflict? Very few twists and turns entered into the story tellling. It was a straight road to the end, a pothole here, a bump there but nothing too dangerous. I wasn't hooked or invested in the outcome, or in who did it.
I had no rapport with the band members. The only differences were their hairstyles. Much the same could be said for any of the other characters. Even Quinto and Rogers were a little flat. In the previous books we got to know them and yet in this book they were simply 'there'. They played one dimensional roles and could just have easily have been excluded entirely.
Mr Berg is an incredible writer. This book, in my opinion, is not his best work.
Overall, I've rather enjoyed Alex Berg's Steele series. It falls more towards the latter end of the scale - the fantasy elements feel a bit forced (especially at first), and there are times I wish that the author would just dispense with the pretense altogether, because the story works well without it. Having said that, I've enjoyed the character development of both protagonists (poor Dagger just can't win) and the stories have enough of a twist to them to keep them from being overly predictable.
Steele of the Night was fun - Noir meets The Rolling Stones. The pacing worked well - this was one of those stories that fit nicely in a day, and tried not to be anything beyond "a day in the life of". Good read, and an excellent addition to the series.
Need I say that the interval between books is a bit long. But then, it is likely necessary to maintain the quality. Quality stories and writing is not easy.
After the way the last book ended, I was really worried that Steele was going to be captain. She and Daggers had juuuuust gotten to the sexual gratification part of the story and I was worried Daggers would ruin everything. Nope, he actually went back to Steele and apologized for acting like a twit. Amazing! Over the course of the series, Daggers went from being a Neanderthal to being a regular guy. In this book, he proved he had moved on from being a dick and the girl was still willing to be both his superior officer AND his lover! What a perfect ending! I love Daggers and Steele and can't wait for the next in the series. It's great writing with great editing, plot twists, and real character development. Do yourself a favor and start with book one and enjoy them all.
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I love the new dynamic between Daggers and Steele.