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on Oct. 29, 2013 :
This is a solid four (almost 4.5) star urban fantasy with some novel characters and an interesting plot.
It took a little bit of time for me to get started with this story as I found the beginning a little hard to get my head around (a style thing I think to do with the mystery about the main character), but once I decided to just read and not analyse, and just let the story wash over me I was soon caught up and all the initial problems I had soon disappeared.
As I mentioned previously, there are some very interesting characters in this book. Ranging all the way from Rob, the rock-and-roll loving bus driver, through to the major villain, who I ended up feeling some sympathy for, once I knew and properly considered his plight. And, funnily enough, the Drifter, does not dominate this story, him being absent for a large part of the books for reasons which I won't go into. But I found that didn't matter because the interaction between his two main support characters and their adventures more than adequately filled in the gap.
One little criticism I have, is that I would have thought that more of the Essentials would have become involved in the story considering what was going on. At one point, it is hinted that there are hundreds of these demigod-like beings on Earth, but from memory we only see seven in total in the story, which I thought a bit odd as it would have been a perfect opportunity for the author to show more of his inventiveness.
Still, as is pointed out in the story, the Earth is a big place and it is pretty easy to stay hidden if one doesn't want to be found. So, I suppose we might have to wait for another book to find out more about the other Essentials.
A good read, especially for those who are interested in grand concepts played out in a contemporary setting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)