Breaking the Lore
An Inspector Paris Mystery
by Andy Redsmith
Narrated by John Last
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Pub Date 1 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2021
A magical, mischievous mystery perfect for fans of Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, and Ben Aaronovitch.
How do you stop a demon invasion... when you don’t believe in magic?
Inspector Nick Paris is a man of logic and whisky. So staring down at the crucified form of a murder victim who is fifteen centimeters tall leaves the seasoned detective at a loss… and the dead fairy is only the beginning.
Suddenly the inspector is offering political asylum to dwarves, consulting with witches, getting tactical advice from elves and taking orders from a chain-smoking talking crow who, technically, outranks him. With the fate of both the human and magic worlds in his hands, Nick will have to leave logic behind and embrace his inner mystic to solve the crime and stop an army of demons from invading Manchester!
A Note From the Publisher
Author Bio: Andy Redsmith was born in Liverpool but moved the enormous distance to Salford and has lived in Manchester ever since. He says the people there are great, but we don’t talk about football. Over the years working in IT he worked with some very clever people and some complete weirdos, none of whom bear any resemblance to the characters in his books. Honest. He has a wonderful wife, a great son, and a loft full of old Marvel comics. One day he’ll get round to selling them. That’s the comics, not the family.
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This book is a fun combination of Police Procedural and Urban Fantasy. If you enjoy both (think Rivers of London or Dresden Files), you need to read this book.
The narrator does a fine job of delineating the various characters and keeping the story moving along while keeping interest.
This is the first of a series and I am looking forward to more!
Breaking the Lore is the first book in a new urban fantasy cozy mystery series by Andy Redsmith. Released 15th April 2019 from Canelo, it's 321 pages and available in ebook format.
This is an urban fantasy police procedural by a new-to-me author and it's a good one. The book literally grabbed me by the hair from the first line and didn't let go. Check out the first two lines:
Discovering fairies at the bottom of the garden is supposed to be good luck. Except when the fairy has been crucified.
The book opens with Paris standing over the corpse of the aforementioned fairy. He's surprised as anyone to find out that fairies and other supernatural beings (dwarves, trolls, demons, etc) are real, and potentially much more genetically similar to humans than anyone thought.
The plotting is taut but not too fast and the dramatic tension is perfectly tuned throughout. There is little actual gore and the language is mild (a few bloody hells, and that's about it). I have to say a bit about the author's command of dialogue driven plot. The dialogue is bloody brilliant. The characters live and breathe and I was not yanked out of the story one single time by any of the characters delivering a clunky bit of dialogue. There were several encounters which actually really made me laugh.
I can certainly understand the comparisons to Aaronovitch's Rivers of London though to me they're very different books. I would say Kadrey's Sandman Slim series would be a nearer comparison, though I think if this series lives up to its potential, it'll edge Sandman Slim out of my top 5 urban fantasy favourite series. (and Kadrey's books have a lot more gore). It's probably worth noting for readers from North America, the slang and spelling and idiom are British English. It shouldn't be a problem, just remember fag = cigarette, torch = flashlight and you're good to go.
I am ashamed to admit that I missed the publication date on this book (I try very very hard not to do that) and it languished in my TBR/review pile for a lot longer than it should have. The only upside is that now I hopefully have a shorter wait to queue up for the next books in the series.
The audiobook version has a run time of 10 hours 31 minutes. The narration is brilliantly and expertly rendered by John Last. The book contains a number of distinct local accents (Cockney, Manchester, and several others) and the narrator manages them superbly. Quite apart from the very entertaining and engaging read itself; I spent a fair bit of time being amazed by the narrator's impressive talent doing the dialogue and keeping the accents straight.
Five stars. Really well done.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
The concept of this book was so intriguing - Paris, a copper from Manchester, unwittingly stumbling across the mythical and supernatural world and getting pulled into all the drama that ensued, fighting creatures and beings in fairytales. Fairies, talking crows, elves and dwarves, I mean, what more could you want?!
I really enjoyed listening to this. The audiobook was great and I loved how the author wrote this. It was witty, funny, light hearted and very entertaining. A great book to curl up with in the evening, with a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits. It was really enjoyable and the hours flew by listening to it!
It was a definite laugh out loud read, with plenty to keep you listening (or reading). The plot kept you engaged and intrigued to find out how it would all conclude and how it would end. I had no idea what was going to happen and it was great to navigate this world with Paris and all the mystical world and creatures had to offer.
It’s one of those books that you can’t fall out with and I can’t wait for more in this series in the future!
Audio ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Great narrator, really captured the spirit and humour of the book. Overall an entertaining audio book.
Book Review: This started off as a solid threes stars for me. Which basically means I liked it but may or may not seek out the sequel. By the end of the book Paris and crew had won me over. There was a feel of Good Omens (though not like that book in any quantifiable way). It had a touch of Aaronovitch's Rivers of London but lighter in tone. Overall this is a humorous, fun police procedural/ urban fantasy.
Inspector Paris is rudely introduced to the presence of magic when he is called to a crime scene and discovers the victim is a six inch high fairy with real wings, who has been crucified at the bottom of a residential garden. From there, all the mythical creatures start to crawl out of the dark and Paris finds himself caught in up in a potential diplomatic incident/ possible invasion. I won't add anything further on the story to avoid spoilers. While the plot never strays far from familiar beats, they are always delivered with a certain charm. By the mid way point of the book, I was regularly laughing out loud.
Highly recommend for those who want a lighter urban fantasy. Best of all it's set in UK, so you get the UK police procedural rolled in for free.
I received this audiobook from the publishers via Netgalley for a review. What a wonderful wacky read, had me laughing throughout and the narrator just added to the enjoyment of this book.
Let’s start with this, the narrator, John Last, is brilliant!
Tl;dr: an inspector that doesn’t believe in magic, an elf, a rock troll named Rocky, demons, and a lot of jokes.
So what’s this book about? Breaking the Lore is about an inspector who doesn’t believe in magic investigating the death of a fairy. It sounds interesting right? What could go wrong?
The writing style wasn’t for me though. Personally it felt a bit too bland. I can’t see myself reading this book without DNFing it, but the narrator did an AMAZING job in making it more interesting (accents and distinct characters and all that, the narrator gets five stars from me)
It’s a good start if you don’t read much urban fantasy.
The first few jokes were funny, the whole diverting expectations thing, like a crow that sounds like an East End gangster, that’s not expected! I liked that! But then overuse this and our expectations would be “nothing can be taken seriously, we can already tell a joke is coming” (which might be enjoyable, it just didn’t work for me)
Oh and I LOVED Cassandra
Overall: alright story with enjoyable narration
- thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review-
I was interested in Breaking the Lore by Andy Redsmith because of the unique mix of police procedural mystery and urban fantasy. The narration by John Last is done well and his tone and style fit well with the overall style of this book. This book has a very large cast of characters both human and non, and I found the narrators representation of each appropriate and easily discernible. I found the story easy to follow and engaging in the audio format.
While I enjoyed the story of Detective Paris, I did feel that the story was sometimes unfocused. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, and it felt like the author was often just updating us on where everyone was at a given time.
Thank you Netgalley and Saga Egmont Audio for the advance copy of the audiobook.
Okay, so this is one of those books that I would never give four or five stars to, and I would never list it among my favorites. However, despite that, I had a lot of fun reading it! I don't know how many of you have ever read "Red Dwarf" or "Good Omens," but this is kind of like those.
It's hilarious in a totally stupid (but totally intentional) way. I was constantly laughing or rolling my eyes throughout the entire book. It was just so flipping silly.
As far as the plot and story went, it isn't the best book I've ever read. It had its ridiculous plot points, and some things were just too obvious and predictable, but that didn't make me like it any less.
I guess it's kind of like "The Office," at least for me. I was never a giant fan of the show. I didn't just love it like a lot of people, but neither did I hate it. It wasn't seriously amazing show like "Six Feet Under" or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It also wasn't satirically funny enough to be stupid but lovable like "Brooklyn 9-9". Instead, it's funny and amusing, like "The Office." It was never going to be one of my favorite shows, but I came back week after week and watched it anyway.
I feel the same way about this book. It's no Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, or even a smutty J.R. Ward, but I would totally read the next Inspector Paris Mystery. It was what I like to call a super fun waste of time, and I mean that as a total compliment.
As for the audiobook, it was good - well-paced, great narrator, and perfect dialects/accents that weren't too cheesy or over-the-top. It was clear and easy to listen to, and I didn't even have to speed it up to double speed to enjoy it (as I do most audiobooks).
Overall, I'd rate this a solid three stars, maybe even three and a half. And I look forward to the next book in the series.
Sometimes you read fantasy and it’s so far removed from our reality that you have no choice to be immersed in it. Other times you may find yourself wondering what life would be like if magic existed openly in modern society. Andy Redsmith takes a crack at answering that question in Breaking the Lore. It follows a seasoned detective as he attempts to solve a series of murders that happen to be very, uh, mythical in nature. Inspector Nick Paris is one realistic sonuvabitch, so firmly planted in the logical that the concept of magic is ridiculous on every level.
But when the body of a fifteen inch tall fairy pops up in a man’s garden, all logic starts going out the window. In quick succession, Paris meets a chain smoking corvid who technically outranks him as a cop; a Legend of Zelda NPC and his rock troll daughter nicknamed Rocky. Apparently her name truly sounds like a mixture of Welsh, German and walrus; a goth witch who keeps flirting with Paris; a small—emphasis on small—caravan of dwarves who “find” things; an actual demon who speaks 16th century English. Oh yeah, and some fairy royalty, that was cool.
Paris, his absolute himbo of a Sargent and their entire office become responsible for giving asylum to a cast of incredibly fun magical creatures against an army of demons. Why are these murders taking place? To what end are the demons and their mages trying for? Why is Paris denying the existence of magic for so long? The man gets drunk to solve cases—is quite vocal about that, to be honest—what does he gain or lose by acknowledging magic exists? A talking crow is giving reconnaissance orders to squirrels so they have eyes on some demons in an elementary school with hostages. You have weirder stuff to worry about.
Breaking the Lore is such a fun, quick listen. The narration is on point and made listening such an enjoyable experience. I do wish that the trope used for Cassandra—attractive, intriguing woman falls for a man who she calls a slob—would die and stay buried. Cassandra and Paris’s relationship didn’t seem organic to me. They meet and she’s somewhat naturally flirtatious and he notices that she could possibly be attractive without the makeup. First, gross. Every time they have a space together, he thinks about how strange it is to wonder how she’s doing or what she’s thinking. That’s normal human behavior, there's nothing weird about it. Genuinely the romance could’ve been removed completely and the plot would not change.
I really wanted to like this book.
From the description I was hoping for a funny version of the Dresden Files or a fantasy version of the X Files. I got a cast of great characters that I hate.
I was impressed with how much I liked the characters while hating how they behaved... just found a dead fairy? What's the least believable way of dealing with this new information? Ok, great, let's not do that.
I thought of two possible explanations for this:
British humor is just too weird.
Redsmith chose to move past from the "confusion" phase for the sake of pacing.
I don't know about #1. I like some British comedy (Black Books and Red Dwarf) so I thought I knew what to expect.
#2 seems more acceptable to me. As an author, Redsmith could have written a epic of character development but would have killed the pace and chance of humor.
I don't like this decision, but someone else may. There is zero pause, everyone is moving as fast as the plot, which is fun. The humor is there, I was listening to the audiobook in bed and was giggling to myself, which is a good sign.
Not a bad book, just not for me.
**I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received this audiobook as an eARC from Netgalley. All opinions are my own!
Inspector Nick Paris relies on logic and whiskey to get his job done. But when he's suddenly the chosen protector of magical creatures and the chosen warrior against demonkind, how can he get the job done when he doesn't even believe in magic?
If you're looking for a feel-good book, you've come to the right place! This book had me smiling and falling in love with the characters from the first chapter. Nick is a pretty relatable cop who is just trying to get his job done and drink some whiskey. But the gang of magical creatures that becomes Nick's family is so lovable, that even Nick himself can't resist them in the end.
I really enjoyed this book and had tons of fun listening to it! It had a sort of "Good Omens" vibe to it, which I absolutely adored. I do wish that it had been more fast-paced at the beginning, but once I got a few chapters in, I was absolutely sucked in! I also loved that there were some rather familiar magical creatures, but there were also some that were not so familiar and there was more of a twist as to who the villains were. It kept up an element of having to learn about the world as Nick did that I really enjoyed.
If you're looking for an amusing, fun twist on magical creatures in our world, this is the book for you!
This is a fun book with dry humor, that kept me entertained.
With a good narrator that did great voices for the different characters.
A police inspector that suddenly has to deal with the existence of a magical world with a lot of magical creatures.
And those creatures might or might not tell the truth or maybe they just leave out a few details.
This was a fun take on a modern “fairy” tale. Detective Paris has a dead fairy on his hands but everyone knows those things don’t exist, except he’s finding out that they do! It’s rather funny how everyone sort of takes everything in stride in this book. It’s a light and easy mystery with a fun mythological twist. All sorts of creatures of lore come out of the woodwork here and it’s up to DI Parris to figure out what’s going on. I enjoyed the characters, the playfulness and the world building, despite it being urban fantasy.
Somethings that I didn’t love was the author is a bit heavy handed with the metaphors. They are overused and a little clunky. Bordering on campy. In addition, the main character has a lot of repetition in his thought processes. The number of times he said he “didn’t know if he could trust” a certain character or that another character “was crazy” or “took everything in stride” as though that was a new discovery each time was bordering on distracting. He said it or thought it almost every-time the characters interacted, and they were major characters, so it was often.
The narrator did a great job differentiating the characters and they were very easy to listen to an understand! They made it interesting!
"How do you stop a demon invasion... when you don’t believe in magic?"
Inspector Nick Paris is called in to investigate the murder of woman whose body has been discovered in a back garden in Manchester. It all seems pretty routine until he sees the body ..... this woman is only 15 centimeters tall ..... and she has wings!
He can probably write this off as a prank or a trick of his tired mind that may be influenced by just a bit of whiskey ..... but how do you explain the talking crow that won't let him rest, and the elf and the rock troll (Exactly how does a rock roll stay hidden in Manchester for years??) .... then then came the dwarves. When the second body surfaces, Inspector Paris can no longer deny the existence of magical creatures. After all, how else can you explain this body?!?
The reader can't help being drawn into this magical realistic take on the British detective novel. As an audiobook, John Last's narration is excellent and gives even more life to the characters.
I was granted audio ARC access to the new Audiobook edition of Breaking the Lore through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Breaking the Lore is an absurdist comedy flavour fantasy novel featuring an inspector main character and a detective-on-the-case sort of plot. This was a whole lot of fun! It's billed as being for fans of Douglas Adams, and I can definitely see that influence here, but the dynamic between inspector Nick and the other characters really reminds me of Kevin Hearne's writing, specifically his newer Ink & Sigil series and the interactions between Al and Buck.
I love the tongue-in-cheek references to other popular SFF media, such as: "These are not the druids you're looking for." "What? I saw it in a film!"
If you're in this for the Adams/Pratchett style humour and the frequent nods to other beloved properties, this book does exactly what you're hoping it will, and it's an easy, quick read. If you're looking for something that stands on its own merit with a strong plot and characters that are well rounded and relatable underneath all the references... it falls a little short. It's a little cookie-cutter. I get the impression it's meant to be a bit of a satire on the procedural plot structure, but while doing that it definitely trips over the same plot holes and conveniences that genuine procedurals trip over. On its own, this is a 3. With all the nods and references, as the loving satire of the genre it is, it's a solid 4, maybe a 4.5!
A fairy-tale who-dunnit that is so fun! I loved Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and this book gives me the same vibes. The characters are vibrant and easily come to life off the page, Paris is a commanding character, and it's easy to fall into this world.
This book was an unexpected treasure. At first it would be a mix of Sherlock Holmes and fantasy but it was more like an alcoholic, adult Artemis Fowl. The book was funny and the characters are lovable. I would definitely read the next one.
Thank you netgalley and Andy Redsmith for the audiobook ARC copy!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review.
Breaking the Lore begins a new series of fantasy adventure for Inspector Nick Paris. After finding the body of a crucified fairy, Inspector Paris is pulled into a world filled with all magical sorts in an attempt to prevent demons from overrunning the world via a portal in Manchester. Silliness and hyginks ensue.
This was a fun and light read. It gave me Douglas Adams vibes right from the start, with hilarious inner monologue as well as fulfilling dialog. The characters were all a hoot to get to know better, even if it did seem the mystery itself took a backseat to comedy. This was a solid novel that opens a new world for exploration in the future, I just don't think it was the right book for me as I found it a bit "middle of the road" quality.
If you love Hitchhikers or Good Omens, give this a read as it will be right up your alley. I recommend this for all readers of all ages as there is nothing inappropriate and it is a good time.
Breaking the Lore is a urban fantasy meets police procedural. I thought the story was fun and I enjoyed the dry humor. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life.
This is a delightful, lighthearted novel featuring fairies, elves and other magical beings in urban modern day Manchester (UK). Demons have invaded the city, but the protagonist, Inspector Nick Paris, sent to investigate a fairies murder, does not believe in magic. This was highly entertaining, a light entry into fantasy that doesnt take itself too seriously. I enjoyed the humour throughout (sometimes it tried a little too hard) and it made for easy reading. There is little depth to the characters or story, only bad characters experience bad outcomes, but it meant it wasn't too heavy.
Overall an enjoyable read I would recommend!
The first time I read this one, I liked it fine - there's a lot of great stuff here, including snappy one-liners, great characters, and fun world building. But the story dragged on in a number of places and felt like it was longer than it needed to be as a result.
The second time around, I listen to an audiobook boss Netgalley - and the narration really made a difference for me... While I still felt there were some places where the story could do with tighter editing, the narrator did a fantastic job bringing all of the characters to life and rounding out the story in a way that I found very enjoyable.
I'm looking forward to the second on audio now as a result!
Breaking the Lore is a murder mystery with a difference: the victim is a fairy!
Set in Manchester, this unusual book about the magical world is funny, different and very readible. The main character, a Mancunian policeman, quite quickly takes to the magical world and solves a crime committed against the fae. And there's a talking, smoking crow. And demons, I'm looking forward to the next one!
Thank you Netgalley, Saga Egmont Audio, and Andy Redsmith for giving me an advanced review copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished this audiobook a few minutes ago. I requested this book after the comparison to Douglas Adams. Who doesn't love Douglas Adams? I do see the similarities, because this story is at times absolutely hilarious and ridiculous. Maybe not as silly as Hitchhiker's guide, but solidly fun.
A detective who has never thought about magical creatures in his life is suddenly thrust into a world filled with all sorts of magical creatures. And he just has to roll with it. Trolls, elves, even demons. He just responds with dry humor.
What this audiobook really is - is too long. Clocking in at 10 hours, 31 minutes, that's a long story for not a huge amount of material. I kept listening for the great narration but I found myself bored, a lot. Then there would be great jokes, fun moments, and then boredom again. Cutting an hour out of this story would improve it a lot.
Overall, 3.5 stars. A solid listen.
Book 1 in the Inspector Paris mysteries - this is a mystery with a difference. We meet Inspector Nick Paris at the scene of a crucifixion, however, the murder victim is a 15cm fairy. It defies logic. Nick finds himself mulling over the mystery with a whiskey or two, only to find himself hosting a visitor in the form of a rock troll. Inspector Paris finds himself facing a demon invasion and asked to protect mystical creatures, as well as the fates of humans in Manchester. Paris' attempts to understand events is interspersed with laugh out loud humour. He has a superb sense of humour. This is the first of two books in the Paris series that are currently in publication and both on kindle offer at present (Aug 6 2021). Perfect for fans of light urban fantasy - filled with Fairies, dwarves, a kamikaze crow and demons. Described as perfect for fans of Aaronovitch's Rivers of London ( it does not quite measure up, buy it bares similarities and is a great, easy and entertaining read/ listen. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book version. With thanks to Netgalley and Andy Redsmith.
I have to say that I constantly found myself 'saying 'get on with it' out loud on several occasions whilst I was listening to this book. Whilst I found the story enjoyable, it just seemed to be a bit to dragged out. Had I been listening on a third party app (rather than via NetGalley shelf) I would have listened at a faster speed.
Breaking the Lore by Andy Redsmith is a comical urban fantasy fiction crime novel with a difference. The main protagonist, Manchester Inspector Paris and his team get caught up in an inter-species fallout involving fairies, talking crows, elves, dwarves, trolls, centaurs, demons and a witch called Cassandra. Oh yes, and we should not forget Sergeant Bonetti, thick as two short planks, built like a brick outhouse and the butt of Paris's jokes.
Being called to a murder scene is one thing, but being called to a murder scene when the victim is a fairy is a different kettle of fish altogether. Malbus, the chain-smoking, talking crow, along with an elf called Tergil (guessing at the spelling) and a rock troll named Rocky, are the first of a bunch of weird and wonderful not-so-imaginary creatures we get to meet.
John Last's narration of Breaking the Lore was my first time listening to this narrator, as I have not come across any of his previous work. The accent and intonation were good, especially considering the range of characters concerned. Credit where credit is due, the narrator seems to handle everything with great aplomb. (Apart from the voice of Cassandra when she was being alluring). My only gripe is, why can't we have dual narrators more often, male and female? It would help a lot in the case of Cassandra.
There is a lot of humour in various forms, satirical, ironic, droll screwball and farcical. The trouble is it only comes in fits and starts. There is one thing I will give a big thumbs up for, there was no effing and blinding (swearing), which was so refreshing. Breaking the Lore is a decent story in itself, and Andy Redsmith knows how to spin a good yarn.
There was a lot to like about Breaking the Lore. Although it has a long way to go before it reaches the heights of Gaiman and Pratchett, there is plenty of substance to the material. As I found with authors such as Tony Moyle, Wilkie Martin and Dave Turner, whose books get better and better, I think this could be the start of a great series.
I liked Breaking the Lore, and Andy Redsmith is definitely going to be an author to follow.
Thank you, NetGalley and Saga Egmont Audio, for the book.
"Sometimes brave deeds were done for fame or fortune, sometimes it was merely for a smoke."
This is undoubtedly one of the funniest books I've ever read in my life. I expected a usual police investigation murder mystery but what I got from this book was magical creatures wreaking havoc in Manchester and police trying to manage the chaos. Violence and hilarity ensues when a dead fairy is discovered by the police, which opens up the world of magic and mystique in thr everyday life of Inspector Paris. The fantasy part is very fun to read. The characters as well as the writing is hilarious. I really enjoyed the witty dialogues and British humour, as these bland police officers meet the other-worldly people. My only qualm is that there is less of mystery and more of fantasy, especially in the second half.
5/5 stars for the audiobook narrator! They were fantastic in their job and produced different voices for various characters. Their narration and dialogue delievery was so good and damn funny.
“How do you kill something that doesn’t exist?”
The concept of Breaking the Lore hooked me right away; a British detective, investigating a murder, with a fantastical twist- sign me up!
The story starts off with the Protagonist Nick Paris, a logical inspector with a major alcohol issue finds a body of a crucified women…with wings. He finds a crucified fairy! After that point, Nicks is thrust headfirst into an adventure that goes against everything he believes in. So many more fantastical characters are added into the mix, and I loved them all. Especially the chain-smoking crow. John Last's narration was perfection, he really added that special something to the characters.
I also really enjoyed how this book was unpredictable, I couldn’t even attempt to guess at what was to come next. The “battle” scene at the end! Like what!
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny and unique plot that will simultaneously have you laughing and guessing throughout the entire read. Redsmith is most definitely on my radar, and I am really looking forward to the next installment.
Thank You to Andy Redsmith and Saga Egmont Audio, for the Audio ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
Audiobook received for free through NetGalley for an honest review
The idea of this book was unique; however, it took me a bit to get into it. If I didn't listen to it I may have set it down sooner. That said the story ended up being interesting and I listened to the end. If this is your type of book it's written well.
Fantasy and Crime Procedurals are two of my favourite genres to read, but I had never read anything that mashed them together. Breaking the Lore is a fantastic foray into police discovering and investigating crimes involving the magical world that has spent forever trying to hide from human eyes. Starting with the death of a fairy, Detective Inspector Paris must think fast on his feet to ensure the media don't catch hold of the news that magical creatures exist. It is not long before this alcoholic detective is surrounded by a cigarette smoking, talking crow, elves, a rock troll, demons, centaurs and fairies.
While not the best crime or fantasy novel I have ever read, there was enough humour and character development to really enjoy. The narrator of the audiobook John Last was a pleasure to listen to, his accent really set the scene of the story and the way he vocalised the different characters was fantastic.
I will be checking out the next installment.
Thank you NetGalley and Saga Egmont Audio for the chance to review this book early.
Even though this book came out in 2019, it appeared on Netgalley recently. They didn’t want to give me the e-book version, but I did get the audiobook. Which for me was probably a better medium to read this anyway.
The blurb compares it to Ben Aaronovitch’s books, which it really isn’t. Yes we follow a police officer and a bunch of magical creatures. But that is where the comparison ends really. This one is a lot… lighter?
What really stood out in this book for me was the humour. It is filled to the brim with puns, ridiculous characters and absurd situations. And it works! For me at least, though it definitely needs to be something you are in the mood for. (Spoiler: Nick saves the day by drinking the big bad demon under the table). But if you are you will have a blast with the knight demon, Eric the dwarf (also known as… Eric), chain-smoking crow, and the flirty witch. Yes there are also fairies, elfes, centaurs, trolls…
I really don’t know what else to say. If you are in the mood for some fun, light, urban fantasy… maybe pick this one up?