Author(s): Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
Series: Book One in the Crown & Key Trilogy
Published By: Del Ray (June 2, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Steampunk
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.
When I saw the premises of this and the fact that this would be told through the male voice as well as the female, I knew I had to try it. Let's face it, male point of views in the urban fantasy genre are truly few and far between.
Throw in a deliciously dark London Victorian era, a mystery, and supernaturals up the wazoo and you have one hell of a read.
This was so much fun. In fact, I loved everything about it, from it's darker theme to it almost adult Infernal Devices feel, to the surprise steampunkish atmosphere, simply put, was an excellent start to what I'm pretty sure is going to be a well written, well plotted out, action packed fantasy.
I adored that not only do we have a whole cast of characters, but two of those, Penny and Kate are also brilliant head strong women, set in a time when women were still suppose to be meek and mild. Fierce determined, smart and sassy, I adored these women.
Action packed with a plot set at a heart pounding pace, and keep you on the edge of your seat adventure, this truly was an outstanding jump right into the very heart of urban fantasy.
Unforgettable characters and magic around ever bend, this truly was a breath of fresh air.
I'm so excited about this trilogy and can't wait to dig in and read book two.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the authors or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*