Ahoy there me mateys! I received this urban fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
rough justice (Kelley Armstrong)
Title: rough justice
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardcover/e-book)
The cover drew me in and three things convinced me to read this book:
- I love Kelley Armstrong! I discovered her through her young adult book, sea of shadows, and she became me most read author of 2016;
- It is a Subterranean Press book and they do great work; and
- This story is set in the Cainsville series.
I am not really an urban fantasy fan so I have been hesitant to pick up the first novel in this series despite me love of the author. So when I realized I could read a novella set in the world I was rather excited. It gave me a taste of what Kelley Armstrong can do with urban fantasy.
And what she can do is write a very compelling novella. This apparently is #5.5 in the series. Yet it didn’t take long at all for me to get the gist of what had happened previously. I rather enjoyed the main character Olivia. She is fiercely intelligent, enterprising, and entertaining.
The premise is that Olivia has to lead her first Hunt. Yet despite the assurances that her prey is guilty and deserves death, Olivia hesitates and the man gets away. Olivia is horribly upset with herself and resolves to investigate her target in detail in order to solidify his guilt to her satisfaction.
I thought the plot elements of the murder that was committed and how the investigation was handled were wonderfully fun. I enjoyed Olivia’s love interest and the snippets into the workings of their relationship. Despite being personally burnt out on fae stories, the fae elements of this one didn’t detract from the story. I was pleased to enjoy this as much as I did. It is a testament to the author’s writing skills.
I could totally see meself picking up the first novel of the series. If ye already be a fan of the Cainsville series then this will surely be a hit!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Subterranean Press!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Mallt-y-Nos. Matilda of the Hunt. The lone woman who rides with the Wild Hunt, tasked with finding killers who’ve escaped justice and letting the hounds reap their souls. For Olivia Taylor-Jones, Matilda isn’t just a legendary figure from Welsh lore. She is Olivia’s past, and her future, one she’s finally embraced.
Having accepted her role as Matilda, Olivia must now lead her first Hunt. Seems simple enough. But when she questions their target’s guilt, the Hunt is halted, her mission failed. Still, it’s just a matter of getting Gabriel’s help and investigating the man’s past to reassure herself that he’s guilty. He must be. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be a target. But the deeper she digs, the more problems she finds, until she must question everything she knows about the Hunt and the choice she’s made.
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
sea of shadows- book 1 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)
empires of the night -book 2 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)
forest of ruin – book 3 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)
the masked truth (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Thriller)
missing (On the Horizon – Young Adult Thriller eArc)
city of the lost – book 1 (Off the Charts – Thriller/Crime Novel)
a darkness absolute – book 2 (Off the Charts / On the Horizon – Thriller/Crime Novel Arc)
this fallen prey – book 3 (Off the Charts / On the Horizon – Thriller/Crime eArc)