Monday, December 31, 2007

Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco

Unquiet Dreams
Mark Del Franco
Ace – Penguin Group
January 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01569-6

Connor Grey is a druid who lost most of his abilities, but what talent remains allows him to act as a consultant for the Boston Police Department. The latest case involves the mysterious deaths of a young human male and Alvud Kruge, an influential elf that organized a group called Unity. They were both killed in an area known as the Weird, and while the death of Alvud Kruge becomes a Guild investigation, Connor is sure there is a connection to the teen found murdered as well.

There’s a new drug on the streets, Float, and with two rival gangs at the center of the escalating trouble, the Weird has just become more dangerous than ever. The fight for turf and power has spread until all of Boston is at risk, and Connor with his limited magical powers may be the only one capable of stopping it before there’s nothing left to save.

Unquiet Dreams is the second book in this urban fantasy series. While helping Detective Murdock solve a murder investigation, Connor Grey is about to take on the Guild and do all he can to stop the destruction that’s already begun. Mr. Del Franco weaves a tale filled with magic, mystery and suspense. As the story unfolds, readers are drawn in by the action that flows from vicious murder to magical mischief, all delivered with a slightly humorous edge. With just the right questions left unanswered, Unquiet Dreams is a well-written story with characters that will charm readers back for another visit to the Weird.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


T.C. Robson said...

Still doesn't sound like the regular material you read, but it's gotten closer. :D Great review!

Wendy said...

Have you read the first book? (can't remember the name right now) I try reading it months ago but just couldn't get into it, I'll probably try again soon because it does sound good.

Kimberly Swan said...

T.C. - This was one of those wonderful surprises that showed-up for review. I may not have thought to try it otherwise, so I'm really happy that it did and I'll definitely watch for the next one. Thanks. :)

Wendy - I never read Unshapely Things, but now I'm curious. If you do read it through, please let me know what you think. :)

Carolyn Crane said...

This sounds very interesting. Is this the slight future or an alternate Boston? I don't see many male entries in this genre, but maybe I just haven't read enough. Of course there's the Dresden Files guy.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Carolyn Jean - Alternate Boston. There's been more in the past year than I've ever noticed before and this has that slightly Dresden Files feel to it. I have more along these lines coming up in January. :)

Enchanted by Books said...

I heard of this book but wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. It does sound good. Great review as always!

Kimberly Swan said...

Rachael - if you're looking for a romance you won't really find that in this book, but there is some flirting going on. lol I really enjoyed the whole concept of how the Weird came to be, the politics, and the fight for power. :)