Published Date: August 18, 2015
Publishing Co.: Tor Books
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
“The banker was crucified on the wall of his Wall Street office, fountain pens rammed through both wrists, an Armani Jesus.”
Well hello there. You have my attention.
When that’s your opening sentence to the story, you just know you’re embarking on a dark and gritty ride.
Laytham Ballard was born a Wisdom, as his grandma called him. It ran in the family. She tried her best to instill the whole, “With great power comes great responsibility,” thing in him, but sometimes, life throws more at a little boy than he can handle. With lots of power swirling within him and a broken heart, Laytham lashed out on a level no normal parent has to deal with. He raised the dead and caused a slaughter.
That was only the beginning of his moral down slide. He spent his life hunting other people in the Life and building a legend of himself as the biggest bad ass in town. It doesn’t matter how dirty he has to fight to build that image, he’s sold half his soul already.
Even villains have their own strange loyalties, so when one of his only friends is dying, he makes a promise to avenge his wife’s brutal death. The one thing his friend was never able to do while living. But the target hasn’t been seen in nearly 11 years, and has some very big friends that Laytham will have to get past first. He’ll have to use every trick in his book to find him and then, will he even have the power to take him down?
It really hurts your pride when you doubt just how bad ass you are.
This is a dark urban fantasy with an anti-hero that you can’t trust but you also, can’t wait to see what he does next.