Review- Ghosts of Gotham

Ghosts of Gotham
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: 47 North
Series: The Secret History

Craig Schaefer, you have done it again.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a slight obsession with Craig Schaefer and all his works. If you’re wondering why that is you can check out my reviews for his other works (the Daniel Faust Series and the Harmony Black series).

Ghosts of Gotham is, according to Schaefer’s website, the start of a new saga that runs in a new continuity separate from the universe we lived in with Daniel Faust and Harmony Black. While I’m disappointed that we won’t see these characters interact with my favorites from his other works I can accept this new world as it was just as interesting, dangerous and exciting as I’ve come to expect from Schaefer.

Lionel Page is a reporter that thrives on debunking hoaxes and charlatans, especially those claiming to have some supernatural ties. With his own fame growing as he builds a new life for himself Page is knocked off track when a young reporter challenges him stating she knows about his real past and will expose him. Determined to not let that happen Lionel is all to ready to comply with the request of Regina Dunkle; find a rare Poe manuscript, authenticate it and bring it to her and she will erase all records of Lionel’s past.

We see most of the story from Lionel’s third-person perspective but we also get a few chapters from the side of Madison Hannah, a young actress that connects him to the secret history and underground of New York City.

I adored these new characters and nothing has changed with how well Schaefer crafts his story and uses everything around him to drive the intrigue and plot. I’m interested to see where this new saga takes us so, for now, I’m just waiting for more.

And, because I’m obsessed with the quick wit of Schaefer’s characters I’ll leave you with this quote from the book but I’m not going to tell you who is speaking the words. That’s for you to find out.

“Oh my God, you’re adorable. It’s like a little lightbulb just went on over your head. Yes. I’m a witch, that’s a demigoddess, it’s all true, and we are leaving. Now, okay?”

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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