For today’s Friday Reading, I’m sharing the first book in an adult urban fantasy series.
Kelley Armstrong is such a fabulous writer. I read and enjoyed her young adult Darkest Powers trilogy last year. The strong writing and the remarkably meticulous way she structured her stories left an impression.
Omens, the first book in the Cainsville series, has a similar feel and I enjoyed this adult work much more. I should note that it doesn’t quite read like an urban fantasy in that the supernatural elements don’t take center stage. As the title suggests, the paranormal subtly exists on another layer, carefully weaving through the main story as another puzzle that needs to be solved. I believe Armstrong has even described this series as being more of a contemporary gothic.
It has all the elements I love – people who aren’t what they seem, an eerie setting, several mysteries nested inside each other, and a protagonist who struggles and grows with each challenge thrown her way. And like her young adult books, I was once again impressed with Armstrong’s attention to detail, the crisp articulation of her prose, and the depth of character development.
This is not a fast-paced, action-packed, fight-to-the-death type of story. It’s a finely wrought mystery featuring a complex heroine and a nuanced presentation of an unusual town and its residents; in other words, an excellent start to what looks to be an interesting new series.