Stained Glass – The Hound of Eden, Book 2
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Occult, magic, mafia
WARNING: Mature Content
While Alexi Sokolsky is hiding on the streets from the Russian Mafia, twenty supernaturally-gifted children are kidnapped from a foster home. Their adoptive parents, leaders in New York’s shapeshifter community, are brutally murdered by someone – or something – with incredible magical and physical power. Frustrated by weeks of botched Government investigation, the werecreatures of New York City are searching for an Occult expert capable of doing the dirty work the police cannot. Someone like Alexi: currently ex-magus, hitman, and reluctant finder of lost children.
A chance meeting results in Alexi joining forces with the shapeshifters against a mutual enemy, but street justice is rarely as simple as putting a bullet through someone’s head. Backed up by a biker gang of were-cats and a disturbingly attractive Biomancer, Alexi must recover the kids and regain his magic, a dangerous and deadly mission that will test them all to the limit.
What I think of the book:
I’ve reviewed a couple of books in this series already (I’ll link the reviews below) and I’ve said before that this isn’t a series that you can start from just about any book.
You have to begin with book one – Blood Hound, or maybe the prequel novella – Burn Artist, but I’d really suggest the former as the novella – as interesting as it is – feels like an extra given to people who are already into the series.
It wasn’t until I posted my review on Book 3 – Zero Sum, that I realized I haven’t shared my thoughts on its predecessor Stained Glass so today I’m filling in that gap.
Like the rest of the series, Stained Glass is a fast-paced novel with a complex magical system, in which something is always going on. The action is amped up and we are introduced to a set of new and important characters, one of which became an instant favorite and I’m happy to say that I got to see more of them in Book 3; this is also the reason I’m not telling you their name: I don’t want to spoil who survives to the next book and who doesn’t.
What sets this book apart for me from the rest is that while Alexi’s character keeps developing in each novel – it’s one of the things I love in the series; the way he is always changing – this book seems to be a turning point for him. Yes, it was the events at the end of Book 1 that started the change, but we really feel the consequences of them in this book.
I think this is a good place to mention that even with three novels out, we only follow along a very short span of our main character’s life. The books (novella aside) take place one right after the other so they even feel like one book instead of three. This is why I strongly recommend you buy all the books and read each right after you’ve finished the previous one. It will also prevent forgetting who is who and there are a lot of characters you need to remember in the Alexi Sokolsky series!
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Stained Glass to everyone who has enjoyed Book 1 and/or the prequel novella.
Disclaimer to those of you who haven’t read the previous books and are wondering whether to start the series: there is a lot of graphic violence in them and scenes that are not for squeamish audiences.
My rating: (4.5 out of 5 glass shards)
Would I re-read this book? I might have to. Depending on how well I remember it when Book 4 comes out.
Am I interested in other books by this author? I want all of the Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden books.
Where can you buy the book?
- amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Burn Artist and Blood Hound (prequel novella and Book 1 respectively of The Hound of Eden series; a joint review)
- Zero Sum (The Hound of Eden, Book 3)
Want to know a little bit about James and the Hound of Eden series? Listen to the interview he gave me!
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