Paper & Blood: Book Two of the Ink & Sigil Series Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles comes book two of an “action-packed, enchantingly fun” (Booklist) spin-off series, as an eccentric master of rare magic solves a supernatural mystery Down Under!
There’s only one Al MacBharrais: Though other Scotsmen may have dramatic mustaches and a taste for fancy cocktails, Al also has a unique talent. He’s a master of ink and sigil magic. In his gifted hands, paper and pen can work wondrous spells.
But Al isn’t quite alone: He is part of a global network of sigil agents who use their powers to protect the world from mischievous gods and strange monsters. So when a fellow agent disappears under sinister circumstances in Australia, Al leaves behind the cozy pubs and cafes of Glasgow and travels to the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria to solve the mystery.
The trail to his colleague begins to pile up with bodies at alarming speed, so Al is grateful his friends have come to help - especially Nadia, his accountant who moonlights as a pit fighter. Together with a whisky-loving hobgoblin known as Buck Foi and the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, along with his dogs, Oberon and Starbuck, Al and Nadia will face down the wildest wonders Australia - and the supernatural world - can throw at them, and confront a legendary monster not seen in centuries.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 10, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,435 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#179 in Contemporary Fantasy
#407 in Paranormal Fantasy
#3,518 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2021
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The book barely linked to the previous book. The writing appeared rushed and not well developed, as if Hearne was trying to meet a deadline or just does not like the new characters very much. Also, there is a clear political message that is new to his writing.
I was expecting more world building and some interesting new characters. I really enjoyed the Iron Druid series so it was good to see the Iron Druid and his dogs again. But, it was done clearly at the expense of the other characters. I was also expecting typical humor of the Iron Druid series, but the book was very preachy about woke topics. If I wanted to be lectured to, I could find many other ways to have that done. I enjoy reading fiction books for creativity and escapism/change of scenery, not lectures. I only finished the book due to the Iron Druid. Otherwise, I would have stopped reading about a quarter of the way into the book.
I am afraid that Hearne keeps up with this style, this will be the last one of his books I purchase.
SPOILERS SORT OF
To those who are complaining about the “wokeness” of this book, Al works at a job where an understanding of power systems and power is necessary for his survival. Most of the entities he drafts contracts for could squish him like a bug. The fact that he would notice power systems wherever they exist is probably an occupational hazard. Pointing them out isn’t being “woke” whatever that means. It is being observant.
It adds our favorite Druid back to action, but never gives us his perspective even though he clearly is the most powerful member of the heroic party (at least the most powerful one doing something on their own initiative.).
the MC is just not interesting or snarky enough. Everything seems like a pale copy of the OG series and IMO does not work that well.
There are multiple moments which could benefit from the readers (or at least this reader) knowing what other characters are thinking but we never get that and it just leaves an underwhelming taste in the mouth.
Even one of the mysterious characters introduced (to me since I did not read the first book) seems like a gag character by their name, but everyone defers to them. At least in Iron Druid series if a character was genuinely powerful, they did not have a gag name.
Overall it felt like a mediocre fan fiction of the Iron Druid chronicles.
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Da erreicht ihn ein Notruf eines Lehrlings einer Siegelagentin aus Australien, deren Meisterin und Mitschülerin verschwunden sind. Zusammen mit dem Kobold Buck Foi begibt er sich über einen 'alten Weg' nach Melbourne, wo er die angehende Kollegin trifft.
Die Ermittlungen zum Verschwinden der beiden Siegelagentinnen führen das Trio an den Rand eines Naturschutzgebietes, in dem fürchterliche schimärenartige Monster aufgetaucht sind - und auf dem Weg gabeln sie auch noch Als neue Mitarbeiterin Nadia auf, die ihrem Chef auf eigene Faust nachgereist ist.
Trotz dieser Verstärkung - und dem Auffinden eines Australischen Polizisten, der als einziger einen Angriff der Schimären auf seine Einheit überlebt hat - erscheint das Problem für die Gruppe unüberwindbar zu sein - bis Atticus, der Eiserne Druide mit seinen beiden treuen Begleitern Oberon und Starbuck auftaucht. Und eine scheinbar Verstorbene aufsteht und ihre Hilfe anbietet. Und wo kommt eigentlich Als Rezeptionistin auf einmal her?
Dieser Roman ist ein hundertprozentiges Crossover mit der 'Eisernen-Druiden' -Reihe und gerade in der zweiten Hälfte voller großer Überraschungen. Und nebenher ein paar netten Informationen über Nessie.
Ein schöner zweiter Teil, der auch Hoffnungen auf zumindest einen weiteren 'Eiserner-Druiden' -Roman macht. Allerdings sollte man die anderen Romane und den ersten 'Tinte-und-Siegel' - Roman schon kennen, um diesen richtig genießen zu können.