Dyer Street Punk Witches by Phil Williams – ARC Review!

Kit hung up her brass knuckles, but the shadows of her past always lingered. Now they’re back to claim her.

Kit “Fadulous” Hamley, magazine editor, activist and former punk rocker, is a well-known loudmouth in St Alphege’s. She works tirelessly to hold local authorities to account. Some say she’s making up for her criminal youth. Others spread rumours of witchcraft. Only a handful of people know how dark her secrets really are.

When an old friend warns Kit that a former rival has resurfaced, those secrets start to resurface. People have gone missing, with body parts and strange symbols left behind, and someone is stalking Kit. The gang she abandoned are scared stiff and her magic-wielding bandmates are long gone. Kit herself is a target, and if she can’t unravel exactly how this new feud connects with her past mistakes, it could kill her.

Decades older, a little wiser, and contrary as ever, Kit’s going to remind them all what a punk witch can do.

Kit Fadulous, ex punk rocker, now magazine editor and activist in the city of Ordshaw thought she had left her dark and dangerous past behind her, but secrets always have a way of coming back around. When an old friend from her past life resurfaces, Kit gets dragged back into a life of gangs, a life where she was equally revered and feared, a life where whispers of witchcraft followed in her wake. People are going missing, strange symbols and body parts are turning up around Ordshaw and someone that Kit has a bad history with is back on the streets and looking for vengeance. Kit may be decades older than when she last delved into this life, but she still has a few tricks up her sleeve and, alongside her colleagues at the paper, she’s going to show them just how punk she can be.

Dyer Street Punk Witches is told in a similar style to Williams other works set in the magical city of Ordshaw. It’s humorous, has plenty of kick ass characters and contains a sinister underbelly that runs through the story, always keeping us the readers and the characters on their feet. Kit Fadulous is someone who does not want to live in the past. She made mistakes, big one’s, one’s that still haunt her to this day, but she is determined to do better. Now she spends her time running ‘Incite’ her paper that brings to light the inequalities of Ordshaw, putting prominent people into the spotlight, and she’s made more than a few enemies. She’s absolutely not afraid of a fight, and even though a little older, she’s still hotheaded, walks around thinking she’s untouchable which leads to her and her friends getting into even more danger.

Alongside Kit, Williams brings us his usual cast of quirky, kick ass and sometimes scary side characters from Kit’s colleagues at the newspaper, to the people from her past that start cropping up. These characters all give us an extra dimension, not only to the story, but to Kit. We see how protective she is of her colleagues, not wanting them to make the same mistakes she did, trying her best not to drag them down with her, and her harshness and brashness she reserves for the people trying to pull her back into a life she left behind. What Williams does brilliantly is create well fleshed out characters, they may not all be likeable, but they all make an impact on the story and us as the reader.

If you’ve read any of Williams previous book, you will recognise the setting for this one. Ordshaw, with all it’s gangs, guns, murder and magic. But we see a different side to it with this book than we have in the others. His Urban Fantasy world may be similar to others out there, but Williams puts his own spin on it creating at once both a sense of wonder and terror. We know there is a darkness to the magic in Ordshaw but, like our characters, we can’t help but want to dive in and learn more, no matter the consequences.

He melds together Punk rock with Witchcraft seamlessly, almost making it seem like the two are inextricably linked and I adored the flashback scenes we get at the start of each chapter. These not only give us a better understanding of Kit’s current predicament, but also a look at her, as well as her band mates’ at a time in their lives they felt untouchable. I loved how we see the group starting to work their magic, realising what they can do, and then trying to use it to better the world they live in. But as we all know, it never quite works out that way, and the magic asks a cost they never expected to pay.

Overall, I loved this book. Everything from the characters and Ordshaw itself were brought to life thanks to Williams descriptive and energetic writing style. It’s an easy story to fly through, there’s plenty of intrigue, plot twists and danger to keep us glued to the pages, and I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Ordshaw and seeing a wholly different side to it.

Alongside the story, Phil has decided to create an awesome deck of trading cards for the characters in the book & I have one to share with you all today!

‘Gentleman’ Bill Fuller, is someone from Kit’s past life, the leader of the gang she found herself linked to, and someone she looked too as a father. He may have been the leader of a gang, but was one of the people willing to help the people of Ordshaw with the money he made from his illegal doings, and definitely one of the better gang leaders around.

Want to learn more? Use the handy QR code above which will take you to the authors website where you can learn more about this book, as well as his backlog of Ordshaw novels.

6 replies »

  1. Great review, Becky! I wish we got more scenes with Bill Fuller and Kit because I really liked their relationship. I loved this one (especially the twisty reveals towards the end) but I especially loved Kit and Aaron. I grew to appreciate Kit more with each layer of her character being revealed and ugh, she’s just so awesome! So kickass and I definitely get why Aaron and Ellie idolise her. 😂

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