This book has a great story with interesting characters and a really cool setting. However, like so many self-published books, it also has a lot of problems. I understand that a new, pro-edited version is either out now or on its way, and I'm curious to have a look at it and see if it solved some of the many problems I had with the book.
To sum up the problems? The writing was raw and full of new writer mistakes. So hopefully the pro-edited version corrects for that. And this, friends, is why I always advocate for hiring editors. Because this book is pure potential and could have been completely awesome before reaching readers. That's the difference editors make.
Anyway, I hate being critical of books written by people I know, but I feel duty-bound to give an honest review. Some readers won't even notice the things that made it a difficult read for me. And the essence of the story itself is fun and clever.
So the story itself is set in modern day Toronto, after a Great Awakening, in which plain vanilla humans are suddenly able to see fairies and otherkin. So we've got trolls working as bouncers at night clubs, gremlins working in aviation. That sort of thing. It's a fun and fascinating world!
The story follows Detective Docherty, who specializes in crimes involving otherkin. It's told through the perspectives of his niece, Alexandria, and his longtime friend, Ares the vampire. While solving cases with the detective, the two POV characters examine the nature of family and friendship.
Warning: there's a love triangle. I hate those things, as I've mentioned elsewhere, so be forewarned.
But this is a fun piece of urban fantasy and I fully intend to read the next book in the series. If you like urban fantasy, definitely check it out, but be sure to find/wait for the pro-edited version.