Naiya Wright, a NetGalley reviewer from The Canary Review shares her thoughts of Rhys Ford's "Black Dog Blues".
Wowza. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an urban fantasy novel that packed this kind of punch. Here’s the setup. Kai is a Stalker, a freelance mercenary who hunts down deadly magical beasties for a bounty, in a California where our world and the fae world merged and magic and technology exists side by side. When a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego to set up his Court, Kai is strong-armed into take a job for him. It’s supposed to be a simple escort run up the coast, but it becomes something so much more as Kai’s secrets, sidhe politics, and family feuds collide. Looks like Black Dog Blues was Ford’s first foray into fantasy, and it’s a gorgeous, action-packed piece of work. This book hits all the right notes for me. An alternative modern day world that combines high tech with magic, a main character with terrible secrets and a brutal past he’s trying to escape, fast-paced action, dangerous and deadly monsters, vicious plotting, magic, smart dialogue, clever characters, an array of possible romantic entanglements, and some real questions of identity, family and humanity.
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