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Unshapely Things (Connor Grey Series)

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Great Faery fun!

    Conner Grey. What can I say? I like him. He's a crippled Druid who's retired from the "Guild" and working as a consultant for the Boston PD. He's very limited in his abilities and it seems he has just enough to constantly get himself in over his head.
    Dead fairy prostitutes are popping up all over the "Wierd", hearts missing and no clue as to how they got that way. Connor sticks his foot in it...almost literally and it's a downward spiral of plot twists and action for him that ends with one kick-butt fight at the climax.
    This one read like a crime-solver mystery to me. There was a LOT of information being thrown at you from the get go. It's a very complex world that requires much attention. I loved it! My brain hasn't had that good a workout since.... well, it's been a while. I'm going to need to read some mindless fluff next to give my mind time to recover.

    I really appreciated Del Franco's take on the Fey. Down to the little details of how they phrase their names in this society, like "Gamelyn Dannan Sidhe" denoting what race they are. It was an interesting twist on what I've read in the past. And I LOVED the Flits. I keep picturing these little Cornish speaking pixie-like beings armed with sarcasm and a sword.
    Connor was a great hero. He was humbled by his lack of abilities, but was using the "disability" to take inventory of himeself as a person...of who he was in the past, and who he is now. And his growth as a character was enjoyable to read. I can't wait to see how he prgresses with his new directions in the next book.

    As for the negative. The only real complaint I could have was that it had the "first-book-blah's" in at a few points. I see that in a lot of firsts in a series. There's a lot of back story and information to impart in a limited amount of words. You have to build a new world for the reader and catch them up on everything and still try to keep the plot flowing. Not an easy task. So There were a few dry spots. Ah well, it was made up for by the end! What an amazing ending! Holy kickin-butt-not-expecting-to-leave-this-room-alive action! It's amazing what someone can drag themselves through when the end of the world as you know it is looming in the distance! I can't wait to see where this goes in Unquiet Dreams!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Oh my...

    Another Druid series. Who knew Druids could be so fascinating?!

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    Good read but hard to follow.

    The only reason I really read this is because my cousin is the author. It's not my normal type of read. I found it interesting at times and hard to follow at times. This is the first in a series of tales about Connor Grey a Druid who has lost most of his powers due to a past battle with an evil elf. The story-line is hard to follow in that you have to piece together the history of the "convergence" where fairies, elves, druids, gargogyles and so on apparently got sucked out of their world and now live side by side with the humans in this alternate reality. Oh one of the races is called "flits" probably the most interesting character is Jow the flit also known as Stinkwort. The final chapter finally got pretty suspenseful but it really dragged for a while. I will read the next book in the series. Hopefully now that the characters have been developed somewhat I the plot will be a little more interesting. Hopefully this finally ends with Connor Greay getting his abilities back. Apparently he was one hell of a bad ass before he lost his powers in the "accident"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Unshapely Masterpiece

    Druids, elves, faeries, cops and murder. This novel really hits the spot in urban fantasy. The most likable character is Connor Grey, a 'magically' handicapped druid consulting with Bostons' finest, while shrugging off being 'disabled' to help catch a killer. What got to me was the ancient ritual angle of the story and the use of faerie hearts, which had me guessing the culprit's identity and m.o. Thumbs up to the other characters in Connor's world, too. For those looking to get away from vamps, demons and boogeymen. Pick up this masterfully written mystery of magical roportions. You'll love it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An enjoyable and entertaining urban fantasy

    In 1900 the convergence happened and two worlds became one. The people of Faerie popped into the mortal world with some of the pieces of their former realm and humans had to adjust to a new environ. The Ward Guild is the policing agent for the fey and at one time Conner Grey, a powerful druid, was one of their rising stars. After tangling with an eco-terrorist elf with a power ring he didn¿t know how to use, Conner ended up in the hospital, his power severely diminished and a dark mass in his head that nobody knows what it is.----------------- Now he spends his days as an advisor to the Boston P.D. on matters pertaining to the fae and he is helping his police officer friend Murdock with a serial killer case in which faeries of a certain type are murdered, their hearts ripped out and a stone put in its place. When the Ward Guild takes jurisdiction, Conner can¿t let the case go and decides to investigate on his own in spite of the danger because if the ritual killings are completed, the world as humans know it ends.-------------------- Mark Del Franco has written an enjoyable and entertaining urban fantasy that will thoroughly entertain readers who like Laurell K. Hamilton, Mercedes Lackey and Kim Harrison. The fey are well constructed characters and readers will find them very fascinating because of their different values and culture than that of humans. There is a lot of action in this tale but it is the hero who holds the storyline together as a bridge between the human and fey community. The audience will look forward to other works starring this protagonist who like a former great athlete past his prime is trying to overcome the loss of much of his powers.------------ Harriet Klausner

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