Series: Clans of Shadow #3
on 12 June 2017
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Urban Fantasy
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Remember what I said about saving the world? Yeah, apparently the third time is the charm. Turns out our little plan to stop the apocalypse left the gate open for some bastards straight out of HP Lovecraft. Now they've come on through to try to turn the planet into an all you can eat buffet. That's not exactly my jam, so if I want to go on living here, I'll need to find a way to stop them. My name is Frank Butcher, and one way or another, I'm putting an end to this once and for all.
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Frank Butcher (delivery-man extraordinaire) and Gabriella Perez (doctor and magic user) team up yet again to face off with Cthulhu. Yep. That big baddie. Totally not what I was expecting.
This book went up and down for me. There was some pretty good ground work laid in that last 2 books but this one seemed to throw that out and instead brought in a whole cast of deities. This introduced a lot of easy outs for characters and plot alike because gods will be gods and stuff will happen even if it doesn’t make sense. I did have fun with some of these guys – Krishna, Thor, The One God, Zeus, Apollo, etc. And some of these deities have quite the salty mouth on them! That did make me laugh more than once.
On the flip side, we see plenty of banter between Frank and the crew. We also get to finally really meet Max, Gabriella’s son. He’s previously been just this object folks were questing over but now he has a little personality. Joe, Gabriella’s sorta ex, was holding Max ‘in safe keeping’ and things got pretty heated over that.
The authors wrap up the main story line quite neatly and I would have been satisfied with things ending there. Then they go ahead and leave the door open for more stories to be written in this newly expanded universe of deities and Cthulhu monsters. There isn’t the big happy ending where everyone gets everything they need and want so this left me intrigued with what could happen next for our main characters. Even though this book had it’s ups and downs for me, I look forward to seeing what comes next. 3.5/5 stars.
Note: This is Book 3 of the series and it works best if you’ve already read the previous two books.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Joe Hempel continues his masterful narration of this series. At times I wondered if he too wondered where this story was going but you’d never know it from the way he threw himself into this performance. He’s awesome as the snarky smart ass Frank Butcher. His female voices are spot on. Then several accents are needed to carry out the various deities and Hempel rose to the occasion there too. Over all, en excellent performance. 5/5 stars.
This review first appeared on DabOfDarkness.com