Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Street Magic -- Caitlin Kittredge

My final book in the League of Reluctant Adults Mini-Challenge (hosted by Literary Escapism). Yay! I finished a challenge (not that it was THAT challenging). But it was fun!

I have now read (if my count is correct) 13 of the League authors. And I've added new authors to my "Must Buy" list, and have already bought some.

DI Pete Caldecott is working a tough case. One little girl has been kidnapped and there are no clues. But then she receives a tip, from a man she'd thought dead for over 12 years. See, when Pete was 16, Jack Winter took her to the graveyard. Pete doesn't remember much of what happened, but Jack was dead and Pete was a mess for a while. Turns out Jack is very much alive and his tip leads right to the missing girl. Then two more children go missing and Pete must help Jack clean up in order to get his help on the case. Jack has the ability to see the dead and they have plagued him for years. His own solution has been turning to drugs. But no more. Pete will need him sober at with all his wits in order to solve this case. And Jack's unique magical abilities are definitely going to come in handy in more ways than one.

This is the first in Caitlin Kittredge's Black London series and it's fabulous! Dark and stormy with a twisty plot full or magic and creatures. It's a stand out in the urban fantasy genre for sure, at least for me. It felt fresh and new and quite unlike anything else I've read recently. And I really enjoyed the bits of Celtic folklore that I was able to pick out. I'm sure there's much more hiding in there as well. I'll have to read up on it.

Definitely highly recommending this one! Adding book two, Demon Bound, to my list to buy in March (I'll behave and wait another week to buy more books!).


Cheryl said...

So glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I have read both books one and two and really like this series.

WonderBunny said...

I have this book waiting to be read. I admit, I've been a little slow getting to it because I started with her other series and wasn't impressed by the first book (the second did blow me away though). I'm more excited to get to it now. Nice review!