Author: Clara Coulson
Title: Shade Chaser
Series: City of Crows 2
Rating: Four Petals
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A wizard, a werewolf, and a watchmaker walk into a bar...and don't come out alive.
Two months after the infamous Etruscan incident, it's back to normal for DSI—as normal as life can be when you hunt monsters on a salary. The rest of Nick Riker's elite team has finally returned from France. Cooper Lee has healed from his nightmare trip to the Eververse. The remnants of the battles with Charun and Tuchulcha have been swept under the rug. And the exploding boathouse in Holden Park has (almost) been rebuilt.
All is calm in Aurora, Michigan.
Until a grisly triple murder in one of the city's most popular bars destroys the delicate balance between three powerful forces. A high-ranking werewolf, a seasoned wizard, and a former mayor turned watchmaker wind up in body bags, and their deaths pit the ICM, DSI, and Aurora's largest wolf pack against each other in a blame game of epic proportions. And as the accusations spiral out of control, threatening a supernatural war on Aurora's streets, it's up to Riker's team to keep the peace before blood stains the sidewalks.
Meanwhile, Cal is struggling to overcome the consequences of his trip to the Etruscan Underworld. Haunted by visions of the future in the form of disorienting déjà vu, he's terrified he'll fail his team at crucial moments. But with the threat of violent riots hanging in the air, Cal has no choice but to power through and pray for the best.
Because one misstep on this case could mean the downfall of the city he loves.
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Cal is just recovering from the last thing that tried to blow up the city. There's side effects to what he experienced that he's struggling with them, and then a new case comes along that makes everything worse. The dead werewolf, wizard, and clock maker were murdered and that murder has consequences even worse than what Cal could ever imagine.
The plot was very well written. Every twist and turn had me hanging on the edge of my seat to the extent that I couldn't put the book down. The plot built slowly with foreshadowing and little tidbits of information that were sprinkled just sparingly enough that I could follow the plot without anything being given away. The plot balanced perfectly with the varied characterizations of each person in the story, especially Cal who was so much fun to read.
I did have two issues with the story. First, reading first person present tense is very difficult. I understand it's a stylistic choice, but there are always grammar issues whenever it's used. This story was not an exception, unfortunately. Second, there were a few small plot holes that kept bugging me. One example was when Cal kept losing teeth. It was always caused by violence and was definitely very painful, yet within a few hours he's eating things like steak and potatoes. There's no mention of oral surgery to remove what was left of tooth fragments, or to fix anything wrong with his jaw at all. It seems like a minor issue for me to point out, but it really bothered me.
The plot was so well written that I was hanging on every word. I also really enjoyed the characterizations as the people were weaved into the plot. I had a little trouble with grammar and one or two minor plot holes, but overall I definitely enjoyed this book and I do recommend it.
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