When I claimed UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY for review I had no idea this was a young adult novel. I simply saw Chuck Wendig’s name and, since I absolutely loved THE BLUE BLAZES, I quickly claimed it.
Author: Chuck Wendig
Every once in awhile you come across a book that hits every sweet spot you have when it comes to fiction. THE BLUE BLAZES by Chuck Wendig is such a book. Seriously, folks, this book has everything I love. Mobsters! Monsters! Violence! Gratuitous swearing! In all honesty I’m certain that Wendig wrote this book especially for me. From page one to the very end I enjoyed every single word. Between THE BLUE BLAZES and TRICKSTER, 2013 is becoming an excellent year for gritty, awesome urban fantasy.
Bleak and broken, BLACKBIRDS is a different brand of darkness than the average urban fantasy. Miriam Black is pain wrapped in swagger, and the supernatural aspects of her life are no gift. As despairing as she may feel, I couldn’t help but root for her through the violence and intrigue, hoping against hope she’ll wrest control of her destiny. The avalanche of violence was brutal, however, making it a feat for me to get through book one. I don’t think I have the fortitude to venture further into the series, Miriam Black is not for the faint of heart.