Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

Paranormal and Steampunk

From Goodreads:

A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.

They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.

As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

There is a strong paranormal element with just a small amount of steampunk in The Shadow Revolution.  Set in the Victorian Era the story starts with a tension filled scene and does not let up.  Fair warning it contains a lot of blood and guts.

This is book one in a new series and it requires quite a bit of world building and back story.  Both are woven into the plot in a way that keeps the tension and danger at a high level. There are two very strong main characters and some equally strong supporting characters that keep every thing moving.  Several of the characters come with secrets that are yet to be revealed.

The plot looks to be simple.  Kill the werewolves but there are surprise elements that keep creeping in.  Those elements set up the next book and keep the story unique.  This is a high drama, tension filled story with interesting characters.  Everything is set up for the same in book two.

Del Rey published The ShadowRevolution by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffity in 2015.

I received an ARC of The Shadow Revolution in return for an honest review.

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