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on April 1, 2014
Dragon Precinct & Unicorn Precinct, published by Dark Quest Books, are the first two books in a series, by Keith R.A. DeCandio, the third of which, Goblin Precinct, is set to come out in the spring.

Set in the city-state Cliff’s End, the books follow two detectives, who strive to solve crime in a city filled with elves, trolls, gnomes, wizards, halflings and other fantasy creatures. A Lord and Lady rule the city, along with a cadre of Nobles that seem destined to get in the way of the bad guys (and the good guys for that matter). The books mix police procedural with fantasy in an entertainingly lighthearted way.

Dragon Precinct, the first book of the series, follows detectives Danthes & Torin as they investigate a string of murders within an adventuring party. To make matters worse, the adventurers are heroes of the realm, and the Lord and Lady want it solved quickly. The book itself isn’t very long, 163 pages, decidedly a quick read. DeCandido doesn’t provide a lot of backstory on the characters in this first book, but it isn’t really necessary. The humor, along with the twists and turns of solving the murders make this a fun read.

I’d recommend this one for folks who like fantasy novels and CSI. It’s great for quick plane trips, or for those who have a couple of hours to kill in a coffee shop.

Unicorn Precinct, the second installment in the series, brings us back to Danthes & Torin. This time they’re out to solve the murder of a young noblewoman about to be married. In this book, DeCandido fleshes out Torin’s backstory for us quite a bit more, and we get to see a different, or at least a milder side of the normally acerbic Danthes.

Reading the two books, one immediately after the other, probably helped my impressions of both. While the stories don’t particularly reference one another, the setting is the same, and the continuity made it feel like one longer book. I would suggest reading them this way, or wait until Goblin Precinct comes out and read all three of them together. I am looking forward re-reading them all once Goblin Precinct comes out.
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on September 16, 2016
This is the second book about the castle guards of Cliff's End, and things have only gotten worse for them all. Aside from the murder of a socialite, they also have to look into corruption in the force, which hinders everything they're trying to do.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, finding the characters fully developed and very believable. The setting is also fleshed-out even more than before.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes police procedurals and fantasy worlds.
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on July 12, 2011
I've been waiting for years for a sequel to Dragon Precinct and here it is! The guardsmen are all back.

The Unicorn Precinct is in the wealthy district. It's unusual to have any trouble at all, let alone a murder, particularly a murder of a young girl from a wealthy family about to marry into a banker's family. Her fiance just happens to be the cousin of the youngest and most straightlaced member of the guard. Throw in corruption and briberly of the guard in the Mermaid precinct and Torin's father showing up and demanding he return home to Myverin and it's quite a story. There's lots of action and insider fighting going on as well as a lot of character development. We learn a lot more about the guardsmen.

While this could easily be read alone, for maximum enjoyment of the story, I'd read Dragon Precinct first.
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on March 9, 2015
I have thoroughly enjoy this series so far. The characters are interesting and relatable while they try to solve tough murders. I will say that I enjoyed the first book more than that one, but this was a good cookies on story. It was nice getting to know some of the other characters better and there were several moments in this book where I laughed out loud like an evil maniac. I look forward to the next in the series! :)
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on April 29, 2014
The mix of fantasy elements and modern forensic crime solving is a good idea for a series. It's funny but the way it's presented, it's believable too. I wonder though if characters are/were inspired at all by Hawk & Fisher stories from... (is it Simon Greene?), either way great stories and happy to have them.
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