Welcome to Ordshaw. Don’t look down.
Pax is one rent cheque away from the unforgiving streets of Ordshaw. After her stash is stolen, her hunt for the thief unearths a book of nightmares and a string of killers, and she stands to lose much more than her home.
There’s something lurking under her city.
Knowing it’s there could get you killed.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reeling from her winnings, Pax Kuranes doesn’t take much notice of the seemingly innocent boy rambling about minotaurs and asking her some bizarre questions. That is until he gets aggressively arrested by a agent from the MEE, and Pax realises she’s been robbed. Using her contacts to find the boys address she stumbles upon a device, and a book with sketches of creatures that look like they’ve been drawn from the darkest places of someone’s imagination. What Pax doesn’t realise is these creatures do actually exist, and that there’s a whole other city Under Ordshaw that only a select few people know anything about.
One thing I enjoyed about this book is pretty much the whole way though I was unsure who were the ‘goodies and baddies.’ There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, and even after finishing the book there are still characters you are on the fence about, simply making you want to read the next book sooner.
The descriptions and imagery were exceptional. You really grasp the horrific nature of the creatures, and every scene drags you in more until you are fully under the spell of the world Under Ordhsaw.
Pax’s character and story-line were both really interesting. Clearly dragged into something over her head, seeing how she reacted, played who she needed to play and make alliances with people she needed on her side made her a likeable and way more realistic character. She acted exactly how someone in that situation should, and all the interactions made her more believable.
My favourite character has to be Letty, the kick ass Fae who is definitely a character you are unsure you can trust through most of the book. Her relationship with Pax is hilarious, and I love her fear nothing attitude, even considering Pax could squash her like a bug. Casaria was a character that had me really intrigued. He had some serious sociopathic tendencies, and I just couldn’t work out his character. Was he good? Bad? Was he on Pax’s side or not? His story-line was one of the more interesting, and one I would definitely like to see more of in the series.
A truly unique and interesting Urban Fantasy series, my one down point would be that it seemed, at times, there were too many ‘monsters’ to keep track of, and maybe introducing them throughout the series rather than all in the first book would have made them easier to keep track of. That being said, it took nothing from the overall plot and my enjoyment of the book. An easy 4* read and one I will definitely be recommending.
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