I’ve had this one on my Kindle for years (oh dear, that TBR list…) and decided I felt in the mood to catch up on some of the books I’d taken note of as I’d found their blurbs particularly intriguing. You’ll see why this snagged my attention, considering my own series tagline: ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings‘.
Here’s a couple of extracts from State of Grace blurb:
‘ A super-powered secret agent. A megalomaniacal elf. A battle for the soul of a nation.
Wolf Dasher is a top agent on Her Majesty’s Shadow Service. Charismatic, cunning, and cool, he thinks he’s seen it all. Between his innate magical abilities and his skill with a sword, there’s never been a problem he can’t solve. But he’s unprepared for the myriad dangers of Alfar, land of elves. There to solve a gruesome murder, if he doesn’t adjust quickly, he’ll become the next victim.
State of Grace is the first novel in John R. Phythyon, Jr.’s slam-bang, fantasy-thriller mashup series. James Bond meets Game of Thrones in a setting both familiar and fresh. If you like super-spies, pulse-pounding chases, clever gadgets, *and* elves and magic, you’ll love the Wolf Dasher series. Pick up State of Grace today for fantasy adventure that’s shaken, not stirred!’
And so to my review:State of Grace by John R. Phythyon Jr.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This starts with a truly gruesome death – if that’s not your thing, at least you’ll know not to read any further! The victim is a member of the Shadow Service – a fellow officer and friend of Wold Dasher, the agent sent to investigate.
The tagline of James Bond meets Game of Thrones is very apt – Wolf has all the characteristics of Bond, including the arrogance, and the ability to be only mildly offended when a woman he’s slept with becomes another victim of the magical killer. The brutality and shock deaths of well-drawn characters are very Game of Thrones. I was intrigued enough with the plot to continue reading, but I must say I didn’t really warm to Wolf.
There’s plenty of action, fascinating world building, and easy-to-read prose, making it a 3 and a half star read for me. If plot and action are your bag, its worth the read, but I didn’t empathise enough with the main character to want to read the next in series.
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