Book Title: Blood for Stone
Author: Logan Thomas Snyder
Publication Date: February 4, 2018
Available on: Amazon as an eBook
Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
In a world filled with paranormal inhabitants like humans, gargoyles, werewolves, and vampires, they all co-exist in one large city with smaller suburbs devoted to their respective species. To keep law and order in all the different territories, Inspectors Cato and Smiley are specially appointed to police them all in cases that cross jurisdictions.
But then there is a heinous murder of an underworld boss that sparks the simmering tension lying underneath the veneer of the fragile peace they’ve tried to maintain. Can Cato and Smiley solve the crime and prevent the city from erupting into a full-blown war between all the different species?
I’ve enjoyed this author’s novels before and I must say, this is probably one of his best to date. It’s a feast of the imagination filled with unpredictable alliances, strange creatures, nefarious conspiracies, and simmering tensions. It’s also a hotbed of intrigue with a rich history that has only begun to be explored.
Cato and Smiley are almost polar opposites of each other yet with their experiences, they are the perfect duo to investigate this murder and the ripple effect it has on the city. Their dialogue, one of the author’s many talents, is brilliant, imbued with personality, wit, and intelligence.
The final third of this novel is a powder keg that explodes and the action becomes a train running full throttle, making my reading relentless until I can finally take a breath when it’s all over with a truly satisfying ending.
Every major character we meet gets a spectacular spotlight thrown on them and is given a chance to shine and heroically act when the novel goes into overdrive. And when it does, there’s a very good reason that the battle cry “we fight till we fall!” is used here and it’s fantastic. Overall, this is a fast-paced adventure that becomes more unpredictable the further you read.
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