I am happy to report that I have finished reading my first book of 2014!
The book in question is The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. It is the first novel in his Felix Castor series. Click here to view it on Amazon.
I decided to read this novel because my husband, DJ, read the first two in the series over the holidays and he’s currently reading the third (I believe there are four in total). He raved about it and felt very strongly that I would enjoy the series as well.
I was a little nervous about reading one of these sci-fi type series books because the quality of writing is so hit-or-miss out there in the great wide world… I’m afraid I’ve always been a bit of an English snob and quality of writing is very important to me. A good plot will not make up for shitty writing.
I quite enjoyed this novel, though, and found Mike Carey’s writing style to be very satisfactory! Simply put, I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the plot and the way paranormal elements were worked into Felix Castor’s world wasn’t jarring in the slightest. Each new creature or paranormal concept was introduced in such a way to be taken in stride with the story. There was no need to linger on a long, drawn out discussion of what “zombies” are in this world. It was all handled through context and I appreciated that greatly.