Soul Breaker (City of Crows #1) by Clara Coulson #bookreviews

There’s a hideous monster on the loose, crushing heads and taking names.27152521

But Detective Calvin Kinsey is on the case!

Two years ago, Cal Kinsey was an up-and-coming cop in the Aurora Police Department. But during a fateful nighttime stakeout in search of a prolific killer, Cal witnessed the darkest corner of his dreams come to life. A rogue vampire slaughtered his partner — to put it nicely — and introduced Cal to the supernatural world he never knew existed in the shadows.

Now, Cal is a newly minted detective at the often mocked Department of Supernatural Investigations. By day, the agents of DSI are called “Kooks” by local law enforcement. By night, they’re known as “Crows,” reviled by the supernatural underworld.

Mere weeks out of the academy, Cal catches his first real case, a vicious murder at a local college. An unknown sorcerer has summoned a powerful creature from the Eververse, a realm of magic and mayhem that borders Earth, and set it on a dangerous warpath through the city.

Between butting heads with his grumpy team captain, stirring up ill will with the local wizards and witches, and repeatedly getting the crap beaten out of himself, Cal must find a way to stop the Eververse monster and send it back to the hell it came from…

…preferably before Aurora, Michigan runs out of coffins for the dead.-

Cal Kinsey probably wishes this author never created him – he’s continuously put in life-threatening situations, suffers through an embarrassing lecture about his sex life, and gets the stuffing beaten out of him numerous times in this story.  In spite of that, he still maintains his integrity and snarky sense of humor and it’s impossible not to like the guy.

The world-building was entirely convincing – a Department of Supernatural Investigations?  Why not?  Somebody has to handle the critters that find their way to Earth from the Eververse- kind of like Men In Black for supernatural creatures.  The fact that some of these characters are from Etruscan mythology lends a touch more realism to this world.

Although convinced I knew who the ‘bad guy’ was – I was wrong and pleased to see this author didn’t make the plot twists blatantly obvious.

Throughout the story, I felt like something was missing and came to the conclusion it was character depth, but with this being the first book in a series, the author can’t reveal all her cards at once.  I’m sure this will be resolved in subsequent novels in this series.

Soul Breaker is full of action, mystery, and a touch of gore and moves at a wickedly fast pace.  If you’re looking for a new spin on urban fantasy, this is your book.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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