The Year of the Knife

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 10 Jan 2018

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Buddy read pending... But this one was a good find. SFF portrayed cleverly in an alt history with a badass magical antihero detective with wonderful supporting characters. Not perfect -- the pacing, especially near the end, was off. In fact, I think a trick was missed here. If the last 20% of the book had been told in parallel sequences as converging histories (i.e. the present-day story merged in with how we got to present day), it could have been brilliant.
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If you want to read about a ruthless sapphic witch verbally spar with demons, pine after her Southern Belle ex (who also happens to be a vampire) and solve grisly, gorey murder cases, look no further. The Year of the Knife is an odd mix of alt history and urban fantasy, taking place in a city called New Amsterdam which is part of the British Empire. I really liked some parts of this story -- the idea of the taboo word magic, the demon doll Eugene, the (attempt at) critique of colonialism, and the witty fit-for-screen dialogue. I really disliked other parts, like the occasional racist and sexist stereotypes, the info dumping towards the end, and the huge gaps in backstory and world-building...

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What did I just read ? I have honestly not read anything quite like this before, I think it is hard to even fit it into an existing genre, is it urban fantasy ? Steam Punk? Alternative reality? I think its a mash up of all these maybe it is a new genre.I loved Sully the main character, I would have liked to see more of her vampire lover, and I laughed out loud at the idea that her boss had been changed into a bird, that was genius.I liked the humour and the ideas were original and mind blowing .I felt the pace of the book slowed a little in places and as an impatient reader I wanted the action to continue at a fast and furious pace, but other readers may well be more patient than me.I...

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This is one for fans of urban fantasy, especially if they like it with a dash of alternative history. It's 2015 in New Amsterdam, and Sully, or Agent Sullivan, a witch of the Imperial Bureau of Investigaton as she is more formally known, finds herself at the heart of a mystery. Why are ordinary citizens committing grisly murders , and what is the Year of the Knife they all seem to be heralding? Will her training with a hedge witch in Ireland be enough to figure out if this is demonic or some other form of magic? This book is a great introduction into a ready built world of magic, with a history that is just different enough from our own to be intriguing, New York is New Amsterdam, the...

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Loved this! I like the alternate reality and the world building that went on with this, and the characters were excellent! The story kept me guessing and wanting to find out more about this world and its history. Will definitely be looking for more titles by this author!
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Agent Sully works for the IBI, the Imperial Beaure of Investigation in New Amsterdam. Based on what I gathered, New Amsterdam is in an alternate reality? I found this part of the storyline hard to figure out which made the entire story a bit difficult for me to read and enjoy. She uses her magic to help her solve IBI cases. Currently, she is trying to murders in which the killers seem to be possessed by something, but she is not sure if that something is a demon or something else. Along the way, we meet her past/current lover and vampire, Marie. We also meet her superior IBI agents, one who has been turned into a bird and resides in a cage in his previous office. I found this book...

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I think of all the other side characters in the novel were great additions. They were good characters for Sully to bounce off. I enjoyed Eugene, the creepiest demon doll ever, and Raavi.. Probably of the the creepiest but kind hearted doctors ever. I do wish that Marie had a bigger role. I would have liked to know if she had any powers or special knowledge. Surely Marie could have helped Sully a bit more?
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**3.5 stars** HEY EVERYONE! This is my first ARC off of Netgalley, so I am super excited about that. This review is my honest opinion. I'm so glad I really enjoyed my first ARC, it would have sucked indeed if I hated it. It was not perfect but it was definitely an enjoyable, fast paced paranormal novel. Let me start off with the positives aka things that I liked about this book. 1. Honestly, my favorite part of this novel were the Eugene the Sailor Doll (a doll possessed by a demon) parts. I. Loved. Them. So. Much. They were gold and definitely the best part for me. haha. I do not know why I loved them so much but I did. They were perfect xD. 2.Sully's badassery, her attitude...

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Here is the first line of the book: "New Amsterdam was a city the way decapitation was a paper cut." I mean, what a first line, right? If that doesn't grab your attention then I don't know what will. I really enjoyed this book. A LOT. It starts from that stunning first line, grabs you and does not let you go. I could not put it down. This is a fantasy mystery novel. So if you aren't into that sort of thing, then this might not be your bag. However, if you like Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell - then I think you will really enjoy this. The story focuses on Agent "Sully" Sullivan, of Imperial Bureau of Investigation. She is basically trying to solve the mystery as to what is behind...

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ARC from Netgalley It was not what I expected but I still gave it a change but did not enjoy it.
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To start off: While I've read a large number of lesbian fiction books (656), and a large number of fantasy books (667; 108 of which have been lesbian fiction), I've rarely read lesbian fiction that fell into the urban fantasy genre. And even less often have I read one that could fall into the alt history genre. Which this book happens to fall into - urban fantasy, alt history, plus mystery, and general fantasy. The book is set in New Amsterdam (for the most part, though brief 'pop-ins' elsewhere, like Nashville).. Though I am not sure why the city is called 'New Amsterdam', since the city is in British control, and it got renamed in 'our' time line to New York in 1664 when the British...

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With it being almost Halloween, I have been craving some paranormal stories. When I saw this ARC, I was instantly interested. This is available as a Read Now option on Netgalley, so I grabbed it immediately. I am not familiar with this author, so I was not sure what to expect. Luckily, he writes well and I enjoyed this more than I hoped. Sully is a powerfully witch that works for the IBI (Imperial Bureau of investigation) for the British Empire. It is her job to deal with the worst paranormal attacks in the American colonies. When a string of mass murders continues to happen, it is up to Sully find and stop the killer. But soon Sully realizes she may be dealing with a magic never seen...

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The Year of the Knife is by G D Penman - who I assumed was going to be a woman, but actually is a bloke with a very impressive beard. It's a joyful romp - one to pick up in the middle of the night when you're worried about something, or to read in a waiting room - enough action to engage, but a sense of being in safe hands. Sully is the protagonist. She's great. A tough woman doing a man's job in a man's world. Its alternative reality time - a version of our world, where magic is real, organised, and built in to the system; the British Empire is alive and well and keeping its boot on the throat of all those pesky foreigners; Europe is cut off because of severe Demon infestation, and...

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Writing like Philip K. Dick in the fantasy genre, Penman provides a story that grips from the beginning and features a fantasy world. The writing does not shy away from some vivid details, and the book is descriptive to point of being literary. I was interested both by the cover and synopsis of this book, and was not disappointed in what I found. Recommended for fantasy and science fiction readers.
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