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Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco
Review by Beth Slater
Ace Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014771
Date: 30 January, 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Connor encountered a radical elf, and an explosion from the encounter caused Connor to lose his considerable Druidic powers, thus rendering him disabled for his position of magical investigator for The Guild. We follow Connor through his recuperation after the accident - mental and physical. He gets work as a consultant with the Boston police in cases involving other fey creatures, like elves, flits and fairies. When asked to participate on a case involving dead fey prostitutes, Connor connects them in ways that humans would not consider – but by doing so he has put himself in the line of fire of the killer, and he has to use all of his resources and intelligence to stay alive in the face of magical weapons and prevent worldwide disaster.

The intriguing cast of characters keeps the readers involved with the mystery wrapped up in the fantasy. At first there seemed to be a kinship with Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, but the similarity is superficial after the introduction. Del Franco has a much different sense of humor and style, with more focus on the technical aspects of magic and its uses.

I enjoyed this foray into The Weird and following Connor through his trials and tribulations. The story was not left so open-ended so as to leave the reader hanging, but it did allow for more in a series. I look forward to spending more time with Connor in the future, and learning more about him and his world.

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