Friday, October 21, 2022

Book Review: Dead Man's Hand by James J. Butcher

Title: Dead Man's Hand
Series: The Unorthodox Chronicles #1
Author: James J. Butcher
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Publishing

On the streets of Boston, the world is divided into the ordinary Usuals, and the paranormal Unorthodox. And in the Department of Unorthodox Affairs, the Auditors are the magical elite, government-sanctioned witches with spells at their command and all the power and prestige that comes with it. Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby is...not one of those witches.

After flunking out of the Auditor training program and being dismissed as "not Department material," Grimsby tried to resign himself to life as a mediocre witch. But he can't help hoping he'll somehow, someway, get another chance to prove his skill. That opportunity comes with a price when his former mentor, aka the most dangerous witch alive, is murdered down the street from where he works, and Grimsby is the Auditors' number one suspect.

Proving his innocence will require more than a little legwork, and after forming a strange alliance with the retired legend known as the Huntsman and a mysterious being from Elsewhere, Grimsby is abruptly thrown into a life of adventure, whether he wants it or not. Now all he has to do is find the real killer, avoid the Auditors on his trail, and most importantly, stay alive.


*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Reader,

I wanted to do this review without mentioning the other Butcher but unfortunately that seems impossible. I'm a Dresden Files Fan and urban fantasy are one of my comfort genres so I knew I absolutely needed to read this and wow and I so freaking happy I did. I can say that so far I currently prefer son over father. 

Dead Man's Hand reminded me of a buddy cop movie. One older no nonsense veteran and the cinnamon roll rookie can accurately describe Mayflower and Grimsby. Butcher created such an interesting world and despite it being fantasy and magical Butcher does a good job at making things realistic and believable. 

The story was very action-packed and fast-paced that I devoured the book pretty quickly because I wanted to know what would happen next. While I predicted who the bad guys were. I actually didn't mind that too much because I really enjoyed this book.

Overall, an amazing start and I can't wait to read the next one. 



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