Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Book Review - Night Terrors

Book - Night Terrors
Writer - Tim Waggoner
Series - Shadow Watch #1
Published By - Angry Robots

First things first, I got this book from NetGalley, so thank you netgalley and Angry Robots for this opportunity.
Have you ever thought that an evil clown would ever be a good guy (well, sort of, I guess)? An evil clown with his not so evil but interesting partner out there saving the world in any form of fiction really seems like a great idea if done right. And "Tim Waggoner" does this with style. The interesting plot with a healthy does of violence, the lovable cast of characters and fast paced action is a very enjoyable read by any standards, not to mention the unique style of telling the story and giving the background.

Well, to be honest I am always a bit skeptical about urban fantasy, but I couldn't pass up the interest after reading the blurb in this case, and it was a wise decision. "Night Terrors" tells the story of a world where nightmares become real and these nightmarish monsters have another dimension to live on as they travel between this "Nod" and our world. As expected from living nightmares they are bound to cause mayhem and that's where Shadow Watch comes in as well as our protagonists to save the day.

An interesting premise can be flushed down the toilet if it lacks interesting and likable characters, but fortunately in this book's case the characters are even more intriguing than the premise. The evil clown Jinx is a fun character and reminds us of a much loved character (you know who I mean) but with a some fun new edge and you never really know what to expect from him, his partner/ideator Audra (the one who dreamed him up) has also got some issues as well as unpredictability like him. And obviously they get into lots of troubles if I might say without giving any spoilers. Other characters including mostly other incubus (living nightmares) were quite fun to read and the level of violence packed in these pages was a nice and unexpected touch as I had not read any previous novels from this author.

Although these title lacks any real mystery regarding the problem and the villains it does make it up with its over the top action and humorous dialogue. It was fun visiting this nightmarish alternate reality and hopefully there will be more releases on this series in the future, I for one is looking forward to more of Jinx and gang.

It gets 4 out of 5 stars. 

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