URBAN ENEMIES is a pretty fun romp into the twisted minds of the bad guys from various urban fantasy series. There were of course some characters who I had no clue about. Luckily each story starts off with a general summary of the series the character(s) appear in so there was some idea of what was going on.
Author: Jeff Somers
TRICKSTER is a book that has restored my faith in the urban fantasy genre as a whole. Jeff Somers has created a wholly original world that, even with magic, feels incredibly real. The book centers around Lem – one of the world’s blood mages. And, yep, blood mages are exactly what they sound like. In this world there are two types of mages – those who use bleeders and those who supply their own blood for their magics. Lem is one of the latter.
With a mix of pop culture references and old school witch craft, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN develops an above average number of metaphysical and social details for a YA novel. While this isn’t bad thing (especially at the start of a series), there were a few key failures that, for my part, will keep me from finding out where all of these different avenues are leading.