I love the 1920’s and historical fantasy, so any combination is an obvious allure 🙂
What to Expect
Expect a short novel about a good Jewish boy from Chicago getting caught in the notorious gang wars between AL Capone and Bugs Moran. Not only is that bad enough, but there’s a supernatural twist that bubbles up around him.
What I liked
I love the setting, and Habiger & Kisse provide an excellent rendition of the period. You do feel immersed in the period and locale, with plenty of Yiddish slang (explained quite naturally within the text) and ‘colourful’ characters of the period. The supernatural elements are slowly introduced, an interesting twist to an already tumultuous period.
What to be aware of
Saul (the protagonist) is an ‘average Joe’, who gets sucked in to events over his head. Not always the most active, and for modern reader of supernatural fiction some of the clues may be a bit obvious. Still, it’s true to the character and the period, and it’s engaging enough to be enjoyed to the end.
Felix wasn’t surprised at the criminal element crossing over with supernatural entities, he’s dealt with enough himself. He thought Saul did reasonably well for himself, and as kept his head (literally and figuratively) firmly attached he can certainly see a future for him in the business.
A fun quick read for those who enjoy historical-fantasy blends, especially around the Roaring 20’s
Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He’s the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.