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This is Ulkesh. She’s a 16 year old half Maine Coon, so she’s opinionated and grouchy, especially when a person interrupts her nap to interview her.
Me: I ran into Kevin Hearne at Anomaly Con, our local steampunk convention here in Denver. He’s a nice guy, and I had never seen his work before. They had it in the bookstore, where I was seduced by this cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Grouchy Cat: It’s not too heavy, in any case. That’s a plus.
Me: I agree! It was a solid, well written story that didn’t suffer from too much angst and unnecessary drama. At my age, I found that refreshing.
GC: At my age, I find naps refreshing. Can we get back to naps?
Me: My favorite thing was how it was a very masculine story, but wasn’t toxically masculine. The hero was battle ready, but not violence prone. He was lustful without being rapey, respectful of women without pulling his punches when they were needed. And the lady characters are just as much fun to read! What was your favorite thing?
GC: You got the paperback, so the corners are tasty, but not too chewy.
Me: …Okay, what was your least favorite thing?
GC: Dogs. So many dogs.
Me: Well, the hero does have a dog, it’s true. He’s one of the best characters in the book, and helps to bring a lot of the humor that enlivens this tale.
Me: I liked the world building too. The juxtaposition of various ancient pantheons in our modern day world, gods and goddesses with their own agenda, our hero caught in between. If it were a video game, the main character might seem to start off overpowered, but then you find out that many of his opponents are gods!
GC: Are we done?
Me: I’ve read the second book in the series too, and I’ll definitely buy the rest. I highly recommend these, for a great action series with plenty of variety, humor, history and fun. It’s well plotted, the characters are well drawn, and the laughs are sometimes blissfully unexpected. Warning: there are some really, really awful puns.
GC: And way too many dogs. We’re done? Good. Now naps.