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This is a compelling and fast-paced book that features an interesting protagonist with a deeply sympathetic voice and backstory. The worldbuilding is superb, with one of the highlights being the well-thought-out and understandable magic system. Fans of urban fantasy should get a kick out of book one in this new series.

Connor Grey's a druid who used to be a rising star at the Ward Guild, an organization whose mission is to police the fey of the Boston area, until he lost his powers while trying to apprehend a terrorist elf. Now, advising his friend and local cop Murdock on a string of fairy murders, he finds himself pulled into the investigation on a deeply personal level.

Connor feels compelled to continue to investigate the murders in the Weird -- the run-down neighborhood of Boston where he and many other fey live -- in part because of his curiosity surrounding the murders, but also because he feels an obligation to the victims, most of whom are the dregs of both human and fey society.

(Ace, Feb., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs