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Book Review: Last Smile in Sunder City – Luke Arnold*

I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are three things you should know before you hire me:
1. Sobriety costs extra.
2. My services are confidential.
3. I don’t work for humans.

It’s nothing personal – I’m human myself. But after what happened, it’s not the humans who need my help.
I just want one real case. One chance to do something good. Because it’s my fault the magic is never coming back.

The Last Smile in Sunder City is the debut novel from actor Luke Arnold – known for his lead role in Black Sails. This contemporary fantasy introduces Fetch Phillips – a character destined to be loved by readers of Ben Aaronovitch, Jim Butcher and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

My thoughts:

This was really fun to read, I enjoy the whole “the magic has gone, now what?” concept and this has a PI whose been there done that attitude is right up my street.

The writing is fresh, entertaining and enjoyable, it does remind me a bit of Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant books, but with its own unique voice.

I’m looking forward to book two, as the overarching plot has more to unravel.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book with no obligation to review, all opinions remain my own.

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