Review- Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16)

Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16)
By: Jim Butcher
Website: https://www.jim-butcher.com/
Release Date: July 14th, 2020
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Series: The Dresden Files
Rating:


It has been a long time coming for book number sixteen in the Dresden Files. Book fifteen, Skin Game, came out in 2014. Yes, 2014 so six years ago now. I will say I am luckier than most fans in that I came into my Dresden files obsession in the last few years so I read Skin Game in 2017. Still, it’s been three years and I admit I had to go back and re-read the last couple books to remember where we’d left off.

Thank you to Penguin Random House and Berkley for the ARC. It was the highlight of my quarantine.

As we are sixteen books in this series if you haven’t read the others stop reading the review now, go back and start with book one Storm Front. This is not a series to read out of order. If you’ve read all the other books and want to know what I think about Peace Talks please read on.

Review- The Angel of the Crows

The Angel of the Crows
By: Katherine Addison
Website: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/a/katherine-addison/
Release Date: June 23rd, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
Rating:


If you are a fan of historical fiction and alternative history writing this story is definitely for you. Also, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes then this story is 100% even more for you.

Now, before moving into the story itself there are a few things I wanted to clear up as I found them out for myself as I finished this novel. First, the author Katherine Addison is the same person as the author Sarah Monette. It appears that for different genres and topics Monette has applied her pen name Addison, so keep that fun fact for yourself if you want to read more of her writing. Second, and this is direct from the author herself in the Author’s Note – The Angel of the Crows began as a Sherlock wingfic fanfiction.

Now, to talk about this wonderful book itself. I am, admittedly, a fan of all things Sherlock Holmes so to see a reimagining of the story with different characters (Crow being Sherlock and Doyle being Watson) was fun for me. The explanation for why the characters are the way they are fits so well that I found myself smiling wide. Crow, being an angel whose domain is all of London, thus explaining his heightened senses and sometimes odd behavior as Sherlock, is wonderful in his odd ways. Doyle, much like Watson, is suffering from a leg injury and from having been in the war however his injury is of a spectral nature as he was attacked by what is known as a Fallen angel i.e. one that is now filled with dark, nefarious energy and power.

Throughout this book we cover the well-known Sherlock Holmes stories of “A Study in Scarlet,” “The Sign of the Four,” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” but Addison didn’t stop there and also had our heroes join the hunt for Jack the Ripper.

Honestly while I wish some lesser-known Sherlock tales had been picked or that things had been reworked a bit more to make them feel new or extremely different I did enjoy the way that Addison connected the dots between these classic stories and our newly reimagined characters.

If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, alternative history or the idea of these characters being redone in a way that breathes new life back into these classics I would definitely suggest you pick up this book. While it wasn’t life altering it was a quite enjoyable read and I was impressed with Addison’s style. I may be picking up her other works soon.

Review- Ghosts of Gotham

Ghosts of Gotham
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: 47 North
Series: The Secret History
Rating:


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).

Review – The Neon Boneyard (Daniel Faust #8)

The Neon Boneyard (Daniel Faust #8)
By: Craif Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series
Rating:


If you want to talk about series that show growth for the characters, the Daniel Faust series had better be at the top of your list. Craig Schaefer has done it again in this installment and, if you’ve been reading the series and paying attention, you’ll know what I mean.

Review – Double or Nothing (Daniel Faust #7)

Double or Nothing (Daniel Faust #7)
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Publisher: 47 North
Series: Daniel Faust Series
Rating:


Okay, book number seven, I’m back and ready to brag about you.

This 7th installment of the series may be one of the best books in the entire series, and yes I know I’ve rated them all four stars and above but, trust me here, this one is amazing.

Review – The Castle Doctrine (Daniel Faust #6)

The Castle Doctrine (Daniel Faust #6)
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Deminode Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series
Rating:


Oh Daniel Faust. It’s been over a year since I read this series and I can’t get it out of my head. I’ve even gone back and listened to some of the audio books just to prolong my love of this series. Also, with more books promised by Craig Schaefer I’m excited to get more reviews out before the new books are released. So, with that, let’s dive into why, at book number six, this series is still captivating.

Review – The Killing Floor Blues (Daniel Faust #5) by Craig Schaefer

The Killing Floor Blues (Daniel Faust Book 5)
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: July 30, 2015
Publisher: Dememionde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Book 5
Rating:


When this story starts things are bad for our hero. He’s on his way to jail but something isn’t right. Not just the fact that he didn’t commit the crime he’s going to jail for but the memory of it for everyone around him. Someone is messing with the universe and making Faust the main victim. 
Still trying to avoid spoilers and therefore failing at posting reviews. But here we go, trying again. 

Review – A Plain-Dealing Villain (Daniel Faust #4)

A Plain-Dealing Villain (Daniel Faust #4)
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: January 20th, 2015
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series
Rating:


  I know I’m terrible about posting reviews but as I get caught up in series books I always struggle about giving a proper review while avoiding spoilers. However, there is nothing terrible about book four in the Daniel Faust series and now, even months after reading them, I’m still obsessed. To the point that I went back through my copy to find favorite quotes and ended up re-reading the entire book anyway. 

Review – The Living End (Daniel Faust #3)

The Living End (Daniel Faust #3)
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: August 27th, 2014
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series
Rating:


  I know I’m terrible about posting reviews but as I get caught up in series books I always struggle about giving a proper review while avoiding spoilers. However, there is nothing terrible about book three in the Daniel Faust series and now, even months after reading them, I’m still obsessed. 

Review – The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1)

The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1)
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: July 12th, 2014
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series
Rating:


I feel like I should open this review like what you see at an AA meeting. “Hi, my name is Brittney and I am addicted to Craig Schaefer novels.”

 So, now that I’ve got that out of the way and finished all the Harmony Black books that are currently available I decided to go back to where it all began, the Daniel Faust series. And boy oh boy was I in for a treat.