Raven's Moon: The Raven Tales Book One
Otherworld evil is loose in the real world. Bram Farrell, Private Investigator, must track it down and destroy it before it destroys him. Bram Farrell has starred in twenty bestselling novels by writer--and witch--Calista Amberson. Her fans love the tall, dark, and handsome PI who vanquishes supernatural bad guys using his magical powers. So, when Calista uses her magic to pull Bram from his fictional world into real-world, modern-day Detroit, she rocks both worlds. Every supernatural being on Earth felt his arrival in this dimension. They don't trust Calie's intentions and Bram doesn't either. When the supernatural community hands him the job of discovering who killed the beings in the real world that match those he killed in each volume of The Raven Tales, he takes on the task. It's a job he's done in twenty books--he's up to the familiar challenge. Bram's investigation turns up a lot of suspicious characters grouchy bar-owning trolls, a thirsty vampire godfather, a couple of murderous x-cage fighters, a suspicious minister--and the Devil himself. Things are getting dicey: Bram could use some help with this job--but whom can he trust? Fans of Jim Butcher will fall hard for Bram and Raven's Moon.
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A fictional private investigator becomes drawn into his own author's world in this novel. Detroit author Calista Amberson has written 20 novels in the Raven Tales series. Her protagonist, paranormal private eye Bram Farrell, has been awaiting the next book from his fictional realm and even checks in on Calie through a portal in her muse's office. One fateful night, the novelist, who's also a witch, summons 43 moon goddesses. She then pulls Bram from his fictional Detroit into her real city, where he experiences a sensory overload. He also notices that Calie has a persistent cough. This is her late-stage cancer. While in the real world, Bram must find a talented young woman to continue writing his adventures when Calie is gone. But first, he explores Detroit with Beelzebub, a dachshund-shaped hellhound. In a rough, vampire-ruled neighborhood, he's saved during a brawl by the succubi Kitsune, Doe, and Neko. On behalf of the supernatural community, Doe wonders "what The Raven's appearance at this point in time foreshadows." With Calie and her coven's motives for bringing Bram into reality not quite trustworthy, the succubi task him with learning more, including whether or not the witches are responsible for the various nonhuman deaths that mirror the plots of the Raven Tales novels. In this first installment of a meta urban fantasy, Dane (Getting Rid of Murray, 2018, etc.) slathers on the silliness, thick and often. Readers learn, for example, that Bram "didn't look anything like the guy pictured on the cover of any of the books. Sorta disappointed at that--he was a good-lookin' guy." Memorable characters aid and abet this agile narrative, like Ralph, the troll, and Samael, the devil himself. As Bram discovers connections between "real world" victims and Calie's plots, readers become archaeologists among the layers of fiction. And Dane's imagination leaves no doubt that the murdered yeti from Raven Tales Volume 19 would prove a captivating case--if readers could actually get their hands on it. Fabulous in its own right is the way Bram takes the reigns of identity from his author and solidifies this fresh concept for further escapades. Urban fantasy fans should savor this confident series opener that questions the writer-character relationship.
A superpowered fictional PI gets pulled off his book's pages and into reality to probe into supernatural crimes plaguing modern-day Detroit in this promising metafictional series opener. Bram Farrell aka the Raven, hero of 20 books and counting, gets whisked into the real world by witch writer Calista Amberson. Doubtful of her intentions, Bram goes off on his own and gets inadvertently assigned a task by a group of succubi to investigate 20 mysterious deaths of nonhumans that parallel the 20 death sentences he's delivered in Calista's books. With a fox spirit and a hellhound as associates, Bram's cold-case investigations spin him in circles, get him into deadly supernatural tussles, and ultimately lead him to surprising answers. Dane gradually lays the groundwork, but picks up the pace eventually to keep the whole narrative gripping. Bram's lack of depth is the book's only flaw. Urban fantasy and supernatural mystery readers will hope to see more of the Raven's adventures. (Oct.)