Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis, review at Bookworm Blues
Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler-inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.
Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.
Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel — the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.
Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow, review at Fantasy Literature
In the world of Sorrow’s Knot, the dead do not rest easy. Every patch of shadow might be home to something hungry and nearly invisible, something deadly. The dead can only be repelled or destroyed with magically knotted cords and yarns. The women who tie these knots are called binders.
Otter is the daughter of Willow, a binder of great power. She’s a proud and privileged girl who takes it for granted that she will be a binder some day herself. But when Willow’s power begins to turn inward and tear her apart, Otter finds herself trapped with a responsibility she’s not ready for, and a power she no longer wants.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger, review at Fantasy Literature
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, review at the Little Red Reviewer
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan, review at The Ranting Dragon
2013 End of Year Book Survey at Bookish
From the Ghetto to Literary Old town: Exploring Shakespeare’s Magic at A Dribble of Ink
How Many of the Top 100 Fantasy Authors Have You Read? at Fantasy Faction
Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of 2014 at Gizmo’s Reviews and On Starships and Dragonwings
I knew that I was tempting fate when I announced that I would be launching my new blog Veni, Vidi, Legi last week. Unfortunately, the bugs travelling through my system read my post and switched themselves into super mode for the rest of the weekend and into this week. If they are cooperative I may be able to get the blog up and running this coming Monday, but I really do not want to jinx anything by making a promise! :D