Series: Harbinger P.I.
Published by Self Published on February 25th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Reviewed by: James
Alec Harbinger is a preternatural investigator, a hunter of things that go bump in the night. When his employers, the Society of Shadows, banish him from his Chicago office to a small town in Maine, Alec thinks his career and life are over. How is a preternatural investigator supposed to find work in a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere? But when a local teenager comes back from a weekend at the lake with an altered personality, Alec is hired to investigate a possible demon possession. A young man turning up at Alec's office insisting he's been bitten by a werewolf adds to the caseload. And just to make his first day at the office perfect, Alec discovers that someone in the Society of Shadows is trying to kill him with ogre assassins. No work for a preternatural investigator in a sleepy Maine town? Yeah, about that...
LOST SOUL takes a different approach than mosts Urban Fantasy P.I. novels, and because of that I found it a refreshing change of pace in the genre. The majority of P.I. novels in our genre follow a wizard or if not a wizard some other supernatural. Harbinger is just a vanilla human who’s been trained to investigate and take down the supernatural, all he has is his wits, his assistant, and a few magic items.
LOST SOUL is a short book, yet another thing I found refreshing. Harbinger follows a straight forward investigation, where he still makes some wrong turns, but doesn’t take two hundred pages going down a rabbit hole the reader already knows is a dead end. LOST SOUL isn’t full of flowery prose or extreme descriptions of what characters are wearing, but it cuts to the chase and delivers a beautiful story.
Because of its length, LOST SOUL also keeps to a smaller cast of characters which I really enjoy. I love long epic works with dozens of characters, but sometimes books go overboard and by the end of the book I couldn’t tell you the names of half the characters let alone what their purpose was. Along the same lines there is the start of a romantic subplot, but Harbinger doesn’t just jump into bed with her instantly. This is a pattern I’m beginning to notice in the self-published books I read. I wonder if agents or the publishers themselves are telling authors that they have to put sex scenes in their books, because the self-published industry seems to be surviving just fine without them.
LOST SOULS is a fun, quick read that will have you rushing to order the next book as soon as you finish it, I know I did at least. In addition to that LOST SOUL mixes the genre up a little, providing something familiar enough that it fits perfectly while still being refreshingly unique.Series Titles:
- Lost Soul
- Buried Memory
- Dark Magic
- Dead Ground