Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on October 22, 2019
I was in the mood to start a new to me urban fantasy series when my eye was caught by this one’s series title. Deathspeaker, eh? Why not! And, there are fae and he’s a body transporter in NYC who doesn’t know he’s half-fae or that there is a supernatural world out there.
So, I dove enthusiastically into Gideon’s life that starts out as a day in the life of a body transporter. Gideon works with a certain old-style, true blue detective with NYPD now and then who trusts in Gideon’s little gift that allows him to get a reading on the corpses to help nudge the investigation. But, now there are a string of gutted, ravaged bodies in Central Park and everyone thinks there is a wolf loose there. Gideon and the coroner are struck by the fact that the ‘wolf’ seems to be targeting people with a mysterious tattoo on them labeling members of some weird cult.
Not long after that, Gideon comes eyeball to fangs with his first werewolf and does the unthinkable when he protects the werewolf by getting her away after she guts another tattooed guy who happens to be a member of the police. Sadie is reluctant, but gives Gideon a glimpse into the supernatural world she inhabits and side eyes him when he declares he’s only human. But, then corpses start responding to his questions and he’s on the radar of this Milos Dei group who want to wipe out all supernaturals even while capturing some and stealing their power. And, guess who is at the top of their power stealing shopping list?
The learning curve is huge as Gideon evades the cult and figures out who and what he is while aided by a rag tag team of Sadie and her friends along with Abe his cop friend.
I had a good time with this one. Gideon and Sadie swap some wry one-liners and it was fun getting introduced to the series world and characters especially Sadie’s fae friend who joins them. Gideon had an unusual upbringing with a murderous clan of humans who want him dead, but through the tough life he lead before, taught him how to stay on the down lo and survive a ton. It helps him adjust to the idea there are really things that go bump in the night and they aren’t necessarily the bad guys. There’s a whiff of romance, but this is urban fantasy so it will probably develop slowly over the course of the series.
I listened to this story and it was my first encounter with Tristan Morris. I liked how he voiced Gideon and the other characters. I did have to bump up the speed a tad because I thought the pace was a little slow, but then it was great. He had a nice wry sense of humor that matched the dialogue and how Gideon and the others approached the situation they were in. I hope he ends up narrating the rest of the series.
All in all, my first encounter with the DeathSpeaker Codex series was splendid and I look forward to more. Those who enjoy action-packed urban fantasy with a humorous tone should give this one a go.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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