Have you ever read a book where a revelation in the narrative, a little turn in the story, is so satisfying, well done and just damn good, that you actually need to stop reading for a few hours to process how awesome it is? Welcome to London Falling. Featuring an assemblage of supernatural baddies and two terrifying villains, Cornell’s foray into dark fantasy isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s one absorbing, brilliant read. Even with four principal characters, Cornell knows how to go deep with each, switching among their perspectives and steadily building the reader’s emotional investment. If this is just the series opener, I can’t wait to see what’s coming in book two.
After an undercover operation ends with the sudden and mysterious death of a crime kingpin, London police officers Quill, Sefton and Costain — along with analyst Lisa Ross — are brought together to investigate what exactly went down. It’s all standard police work until they’re accidentally “marked” just before a scuffle with a menacing otherworldly woman. Gifted with the Sight, they can now see exactly what they’re up against: all of the dark spirits dwelling in their city. But to conquer London’s demons, they may just have to face a few of their own. (TOR, Apr., 352 pp., $24.99)