… enjoyable urban fantasy with a dragon’s twist …
This has a great protagonist, Red Ben Garston, and a mix of satisfying story ideas drawn from myth. The story is fun, however some of James‘ more florid descriptions stopped me dead as I tried to figure them out. I do remember some brilliant images though: a wizened witch’s lips being described as a “fish bone” DOES work!
I felt James deserved a better editor as there was too much back story slowing the pace and a whole chunk of substory (about 16 pages) which really should have been excised.
I’m sure the editing will improve and I’m definitely enough curious to read the next in the series … when it arrives.
Cover design moment: The first class UK cover design is by Tracy Winwood who may (or may not) be a British designer based in Winchester. The internet search I did on her brought up next to nothing. This is a shame as I thought her design is distinctive and has lots of legroom for development in a Ben Garston series.
Chasing Embers was published on 8 September 2016 by Orbit Books. I was given a review copy by A Festival of Books. Thanks, Em!