I must admit that I haven’t read a lot of grown up urban fantasy though I’ve covered a lot of the YA bases. I was really intrigued therefore to read this, the first installment in a new urban fantasy trilogy.
Garet is a jewellery maker living and working in New York. She stumbles across an antiques store when she’s looking for shelter from the rain and is asked for help by the owner. He has a silver box with a seal that matched the ring Garet wears, an heirloom passed down from her mother. He’s unable to open the box so asks Garet if she would be able to do so. Taking the box and agreeing to open it is a life changing moment, she falls into a new life realising that everything she thought she knew is wrong, or merely half a truth.
I really enjoyed this book. Garet is an intriguing character and the life she finds herself catapulted into is a fascinating one. It works really well, in the same way Harry Potter worked, having the main character know nothing about the fantasy world so that the exposition feels neither clunky or shoehorned in. I loved the way that the supported cast of characters were introduced, and how they fit into the knowledge of our world whether it be Shakespearean characters or more recent internet slang. There’s a really interesting mix of supernatural beings involved in the plot, which I found refreshing.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will certainly be looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.
“Black Swan Rising” is published in paperback by Bantam Press on 25th November 2010 in the UK. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.