TRL REVIEWS: The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman

TITLE: The Year of the Knife

AUTHOR: G.D. Penman

PUBLISHED: 2017

PUBLISHER: Meerkat Press

Quote: “Come for the corpses, stay for the entertainment.” 

Overview: She's one of the best agents in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. Sully is a witch who works on the front lines protecting the innocent citizens of the American Colonies. After a few odd investigations, Sully realizes there is a serial murderer on the loose, using magic to destroy people's lives, including her own. She must figure out who is at the heart of these terrible murders across the country before it's too late, and before she is turned into a hyacinth macaw like her predecessors who ran the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. All Sully knows is, "It is the year of the knife." But what does that mean?

Analysis: Sully is as street smart as they come and her street smarts save her more than once in The Year of the Knife. G.D. Penman has provided us with a plot that is instantly captivating. The story slowly unfolds as Sully narrowly escapes with her life, seeks out demons for advice and fights till the death when need be. Penman has a knack for speculative fiction, especially involving magic, necromancy and, oddly enough, colonialism. The characters are well-developed and have a vivacity to them, whether they be the undead, like vampires or demons, or a commonplace witch like Sully. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of a magical universe intertwined with one that involves the "history" of the United States and British colonialism. There's a lot to enjoy about this book and it's one of those reads that appeals to many different readers on a broad spectrum.

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Conclusion: Get your daily dose of magic and pseudo-history with this novel.

Rating: 4/5

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