My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Review: Raine of Fire

Raine of Fire Raine of Fire by Susan Stradiotto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As promised … an urban fantasy about a crime fighting duo with echos of the TV show “Castle” (and elements of “Lucifer” and a few from the Dresden files such as tech issues).  It comes across a bit “pulpy” at times and the humor can be a bit forced, but over all, it was an enjoyable read (for somebody who is a fan of all of the previously mentioned inspirations).  There are a few surprises as they investigate an apparent open and shut case of murder that seems a bit too pat … So a mischievous fairy “nudges” the hard as nails lady detective to dig a little deeper and finds that a few things just don’t add up … with the case AND with her meddling Samaritan whose knows more than he should ... because he can’t admit that he is actually a creature of magic when there is an entire Police Dept dedicated to hunted down his “kind.”  That makes this a fast/light read without a lot of depth … which is why it was more fun that I expected … so I may pick up the sequel to see where it goes from here.

I was given this free advance review copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.