16 February 2010
I've reviewed "Magic Mourns", which is a novella (in Must Love Hellhounds) in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrew, but as I'm currently re-reading the third book in the series, Magic Strikes, I thought I'd add a quick comment. Mostly to say how awesome the world building is. It's fresh, strong, threaded with violence and redeemed by honour and compassion. The alternative world is literally pinned in place by references to our "real" world sites, and I think that grounding emphasises the strangeness. There's also humour and a narrative voice growing in resonance. An excellent series that stands up to re-reading.