"The Witch Watch" is a book I've been waiting for a long time to read. It features a strong, opinionated yet undeniably feminine female protagonist. She's perhaps the most *real* female I've seen written by a man in a lot of years. The content is surprisingly family-friendly for a book featuring a walking corpse. On top of all that, you've got a bit of mystery, a lot of adventure, a smattering of Steampunk, and a dash of low fantasy. The elements combine to create an atmosphere of by-the-seat-of-your-pants action approached with wry dark humour. The pacing is superb, making this a real page-turner. And unlike Christie, the author unfolds a satisfying mystery without needing to pull any rabbits from his hat.
"The Witch Watch" is set in an alternate England that satisfied the historical purist in me. Details from the royal family to the engineering of ocean liners made this world as real as the one I live in. But what fantasy would be complete without magic? And magic of the blackest sort, at that.
So what happens when a lackey sorcerer accidentally reanimates the wrong corpse in the midst of a dark globe-spanning plot? Who'll put the beast down first? The evil order that summoned him or Her Majesty's illustrious anti-magical squad, commonly known as 'The Witch Watch'? And just what does the lich in question have to say about the matter? Can a motley assortment of real good guys manage to come to terms in time to save jolly old England?