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The Pearl King (Crow Investigations Book 4) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B089FDXHXT
- Publisher : Siskin Press Limited (25 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1823 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #291,532 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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If you haven't read the others (The Night Raven, The Silver Mark and the Fox's Curse) please read them first. Although this story can stand alone you will enjoy it so much more having read the first three in the series.
I cannot begin to imagine where this story is going to go next but I am definitely along for the ride.
I received this story as an ARC a few weeks ago but loved it so much I immediately placed an order for the copy which landed today! I am going to start from book 1 again and read through so that I can appreciate again the amazing work in this series.
I liked this book, I liked it a lot. In fact I liked it so much I read it from first page to last page in 1 sitting - no toilet or food breaks allowed!
I reviewed the last book and compared Lydia to Stephanie Plum (the action, the story, overall greatness) and said she was her equal - now I think Lydia has overtaken Stephanie as this story was fantastic.
I think The Pearl King is a little bit misleading (you don’t meet the king very often) and having read the book I think it should have been called The Crow King (who we meet a lot) - but that might have been a spoiler in itself.
I would say that you should definitely start at book 1 as this won’t make much sense if read as a stand alone novel.
The story is fast paced, brilliantly told, with really great characters and it had me reeling at one point - a real twist (I supposed it was hinted at - I just didn’t see it coming) and the ending had my jaw on the floor. A brilliant ending - but it leaves soooo many questions I’m going to be scratching my head for the next 12 months while I wait for the next novel (The Crow King?)
Who is The Crow King? Well that’s for up debate, I know who I think it is.
My favourite Urban fantasy series by a mile.
The author needs to make the narrative arc more consistent and what I mean by that is that, for example, in this book Uncle Charlie is a proper gangster in a way that he wasn’t in the first three. (This appears to come as news to Lydia.)
Next, where are the other members of the Crow family? Uncle Charlie can’t run things entirely on his own, he must have lieutenants and flunkies but we never meet them.
Then there are the other Families: Lydia has had a Fox boyfriend in the past but she appears to know only him and his dad. The rest of his family are all off stage somewhere.
She knows no Pearls and precious few Silvers, even though there’s an Family alliance with the latter.
The plot device to explain this is that Lydia’s parents have kept her away from the Family milieu but in the age of social media, this just isn’t plausible.
The on-off romance with DCI Fleet (AKA Peter Grant) is nice but where are the police the rest of the time?
The world the author paints (pun not intended) is not rich enough. Lydia simultaneously knows too much and too little and that jars.