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Review: Black City Demon by Richard A Knaak

Black City DemonTitle: Black City Demon

Author: Richard A. Knaak

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Black City Saint (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 14, 2017

Format: Paperback, 363 Pages

ISBN-10: 1633882756 (Pyr)

ISBN-13: 978-1633882751 (Pyr)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Since he became the guardian of the Gate between our world and Feirie sixteen hundred years ago, Nick Medea, once Saint George, has battled to keep the darkest Feirie–the Wyld–from invading the mortal plane. With the dragon an unwilling part of him, Nick maintains balance between realms, often at great cost to him and those nearest to him.

Nick and his ragtag confederates–including the shape-shifter Fetch and Nick’s reincarnated love, Claryce–have battled the Wyld, but mortals as sinister as the darkest Feirie. Now, with Prohibition in full swing and bootlegger wars embattling Chicago, a murderous evil born of the mortal world has turned its attention to the power of the Gate…and Nick himself.

Nick must turn again to his most untrustworthy ally: the dragon within. Yet even together they may not be enough to face what was once a man…but is now a creature even dragons may fear.

Quick & Dirty: Nick’s darkest adversity to date rises straight from the past, will he be able to stop him this time?

Opening Sentence: I’d failed her.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Nick is back again, this time while visiting the grave of Clarissa (Claryce in a past life). He is attacked and he sees a ghost. When he rushes over to where the ghost had been the grave reads Claudette and Nick knows that she is another past life, but he didn’t meet her while she was alive. Stunned Nick turns to one of his allies for answers, but none seem forthcoming.  Nick doesn’t dwell on it too long, he knows that he hasn’t seen Claryce lately and he owes her a visit. Shortly after he arrives a Dr. Bond shows up and Nick knows that something is off about him. He just can’t quite place it.

As Nick begins to learn about Claudette and her place in his timeline, it turns out she died in the same year that H.H. Holmes did, and Nick begins to wonder if this is all tied together. His Lady summons him and wants him to get rid of the Beast, whom she has already sent to assassins after both of which failed.  Nick also finds the dead body of a high caste elf, and when he finally checks on the potential clients he finds them dead.

Things are spiraling out of control and it seems that all of these random things are tied together? Will Nick be able to unravel the mystery of Claudette? Will he be able to stop the Beast? Time is running short, and with only a few trustworthy allies, Nick may be forced to rely on the most untrustworthy of his allies.

I think the novel may have contained all of my favorite things, gangsters, dragons, St.George, Fae, and yup a serial killer. I couldn’t stop reading this, I was so wrapped up in how the author ties all of these things together. Plus, I may have sympathized with the dragon a bit and wanted to eat some of the people as well. Okay, not really but wow, it took a bit for me to figure out where this story was going, and it was worth every minute of it.

Nick is such an interesting character and for someone that has been alive so long you think he would have figured some things out by now, but thankfully for us readers, we get to see him grow and come to terms with things despite the longevity. I also sincerely love the fact that this incarnation of his past love is kicking butt and taking names, and I really need Fetch in my life. I mean who wouldn’t need a talking dog that’s really a Fae assassin (or was one).

Notable Scene:

Diocles’s sins went far beyond just my execution. He had let himself be influenced by the same Galerius into beginning a bloody persecution of the entire young Christain faith… of which I had become, without meanding to, one of it’s standard bearers. Galerius might’ve been the proverbial devil whispering in the emperor’s ear, but Diecles had been the one to willingly give the decree. For that alone, he should have been cursed to forever walk as a ghost, but for reasons I could not entirely accept, it appeared that my beheading meant more where his fater was concerned. No matter where I’d followed the Gate, Diocles had always been waiting for me in the nearest church.

Black City Saint:

1. Black City Saint

2. Black City Demon

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FTC Advisory: Pyr provided me with a copy of Black City Demon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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