Dangerous Ways

Dangerous Ways

by R.R. Virdi


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Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi

From Dragon Award-nominated author R.R. Virdi. An epic opera urban fantasy: Dangerous Ways.

Jonathan Hawthorne has lived over a century beholden to one rule: do not meddle in mortal affairs. He's broken it twice. So when he crosses paths with Cassidy Winters, he's forced to interfere again.

Strike three. And the third time's not the charm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998104928
Publisher: R.R. Virdi
Publication date: 12/14/2016
Series: Books of Winter , #1
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

R.R. Virdi is the Dragon Award-nominated author of The Grave Report: a 2016 finalist at the inaugural Dragon Con Dragon Awards.

He is an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy, and especially mythology and urban fantasy. He has worked as a mechanic, retail, the fitness industry and the gaming pc world

R.R. Virdi has a deep love of all things mechanical with a heavy emphasis on automobiles, especially American classics. He enjoys building things and tinkering with computers from his home in Falls Church, Virginia. There are rumors that he wanders the streets of his neighborhood in the dead of night dressed in a Jedi robe and teal fuzzy slippers, no one knows why. Other such rumors mention how he is a professional hair whisperer in his spare time. We don't know what that is either.

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Dangerous Ways 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An epic and suspenseful page turner. High fantasy in a modern day new york. Gripping characters, every page is mind churningly good with action, deep thoughts and philosophy, magical intrigue and great mythologies/folk tale creatures. It's beautiful. I'd compare it to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere love child with The Books of Magic and Once Upon A Time or Grimm. You have to read this if you like magic, fairys, action and mythology.
JDCunegan More than 1 year ago
Why do we read? Do we do it for simple entertainment? Do we do it to escape the stress of our lives? Do we do it to learn something about ourselves, about the world in which we live? Or perhaps we do it for all of the above reasons. Whatever the reason, when we are transfixed by a phenomenal tale, one so well crafted that it grabs us and transports us to an entirely different world, it's a magical thing. Dangerous Ways, the first book in R.R. Virdi's The Books of Winter series, is one such experience -- as vibrant and evocative and intense as the myriad of gateways leading to other worlds. This book takes place in the same universe as Virdi's Grave Report series, and there are satisfying callbacks, but this tome is a being all its own. Its a massive one -- not quite troll massive, but close -- and yet Virdi's quick-witted first-person style is so free-flowing that you'll push your way through hundreds of pages without truly realizing it. Where the Grave novels are gritty, street-level thrillers with a healthy dose of the freakish, Dangerous Ways is grand, bordering on high fantasy. The numerous worlds are fantastical and well-developed; for all of Virdi's skill at weaving through the English language, he is equally adept at creating entire worlds -- and something tells me he's only scratched the surface. Of course, none of that matters if the characters fall flat. But they don't; Jonathan Hawthorne and Cassidy Winters are a joy to be around; despite the fact that they're constantly threatened with certain death, you can't help but be with them step for step. They're individual characteristics -- bravery, determination, sarcasm, wit, and smarts, just to name a few -- make them easy to root for, and the supporting cast is equally delightful in its own right. As much as I'm eager for the next Grave Report book, I'm just as excited at the prospect of the next Book of Winter. There is no cliffhanger here, but there are enough threads to fill several more volumes... and with writing this clean, this crisp, I can definitely see myself devouring more of this genre. Fantasy fans -- urban, high, and everything in between -- should definitely add Dangerous Ways to their collection. This is a fun, engrossing, entertaining read -- and I would argue, the best book I've read in all of 2016.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best modern day fantasy books about fairys and monsters ever. It's beautifully written, it's like New York and the paranormal worlds are painted right into your imagination. The action, the characters, everything. It's so cool. It felt like watching all the best parts of Grimm, Once Upon A Time, The Dresden Files tv show, and Supernatural all in one book. It's perfect. The downside is it took me a long time to read. It's almost 600 pages and I don't usually take books that big with me to work. But it was worth it. Read it!
Walter James More than 1 year ago
When R. R. Virdi was a young child, I am sure that people told him that he lived in his own world. In Dangerous Ways he doesn’t so much invite you into his world, as he opens a vortex that sucks you in from opening scene. Virdi’s world is the foundation for all his writing in the Urban Fantasy genre. His first series, The Grave Report, and this book, the first in The Books of Winter series, all take place in this amazing world and not only do we get a compelling story, we get another view of this wonderland from a different angle. Did I say wonderland? Well, Alice surely wouldn’t recognize this wonderland as we see the ominous side of many fantasy creatures we have come to know and love in the writings of others. We follow the journeys of two characters, dare I name them? Yes, I will. Jonathan Hawthorne and Cassidy (Cassie) Winters lead us through this world popping into the most interesting and frightening places. Their journey is fraught with danger from the very creatures they need to contact. Jonathan gets involved in Cassie’s problems knowing full well that his help could cost him his life. But, Cassie is a girl in trouble whose amazing powers have marked her for death from the creatures of this world while she has no understanding. The journey through the world also sees interesting growth in the characterization of Cassie as she adapts to this unknown world and its strange ways during her adventures. The adventures keep you guessing as new dangers and creatures beset the two all the way to the end of the book. Given what I have read from Mr. Virdi there is a simple rule to follow: when he releases a book, buy it. You will be sure to be on a roller coaster ride of adventure and emotions that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree with the other commenters. Very much like brandon sanderson/neil gaiman wrote an urban fantasy together. Loved every page. Hawthorne is a strong male lead with a kind heart and bad attitude when he needs to be. Years of wisdom and experience color his actions and character.
Mandy Chapman More than 1 year ago
A departure from The Grave Report in the best way. A new voice, slightly more mature, only showing off Virdi's writing skills as they grow over time. More than that however, Jonathan Hawthorne has lived far longer than Vincent Graves, and in one body, life, that makes it clear. He's cooler headed, smooth, analytical, and more reserved with a drier wit. Both are brilliant characters, endearing in their own ways. But Hawthorne is the man and voice we needed for this series and Virdi delivers. It's superbly written with the plot far above what I thought possible and expected while reading the grave report. Clues scattered all throughout the novel for every little tidbit and turn. Everything comes unexpected, but, with all of the evidence and roads pointing to them if you go back to look. Nothing is thrust in your face without the path being laid for it. Shocking twists, heart wrenching moments, joyful triumphs. It's if your favorite fairy tales came to life in New York City and you went on an epic adventure through them all in a way. Except these fairy tales aren't nearly as nice. You might want to bring a Timeless along. You'll live longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought this gripping, wondrous blend of high fantasy and urban fantasy might have the potential to share with us a vampire ferret hidden among the many beautiful worlds we're shown here, no. Once again, none in sight. Why? Was this an excellent book to read? Gods yes. It read like a love letter to Neverwhere, old fairy tales, and the current top list of urban fantasy series. It was somewhere brilliantly in between. But you know what wasn't in between the pages of this book? A vampire ferret. Why not?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!
Cassandra Grosser More than 1 year ago
I loved this fairy tale meets swords and magic fantasy in new york. A hidden world like Grimm or Once Upon A Time like others have said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman x Brandon Sanderson x In A World of Magic This book is a what if Neverwhere met the high fantasy-like worlds of Brandon Sanderson but set today in New York. Portal fantasy adventures with faeries, trolls, elves, magic, a long-lived main character and a girl who's in more trouble than imaginable. The writing is beautiful, entrancing, as are the characters. The spins on mythology are enrapturing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Just like some reviewers say, a mix of Neil Gaiman and fairy tails meets something like Brandon Sanderson. It's beautifully told and casts a magical light on modern day New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like I wrote for the other novels written by him. Excellent. Five stars.
Dani Ortega More than 1 year ago
Like Fables and fairy tales blended into the modern world. It's deep, resonating with great characters that will surprise you, keep you reading all night and make you laugh and or cry when you least expect it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 out of 5 stars. I know that doesn't make sense. But it's that good. Try it? Decide for yourself. You won't regret, and you'll end up agreeing. Imagine American Gods and Neverwhere mixed with Grimm and Lost Girl. The best of all them. Drop anything you don't like. This is that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't leave reviews. Five stars to finish review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an expansion on the world brought to us through The Grave Report, new series and characters with a fresh plot but it's familiar territory. It's awesome. I enjoyed every moment of Hawthorne's story, past and present and his romp with Cassie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh this was wonderful beyond the first two. Beautiful, made me almost cry in places with the philosophical and heart wrenching asides. Deep, thought provoking even in the tensest of action scenes. Amazing writing.
Steven Erickson More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic plus Dresden Files plus Neverwhere plus Highlander? I can't even put it in words or comparisons but, lord, it's a fantastic ride. The use of mythology and creatures, that to be honest, have been done to death before, was great and new. It's hard to see different twists on fairys, elves, trolls and the subtle touches to make them stand out, the culture that was inflected through them...and hierarchy. You don't normally see that.
Michelle Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
A suspense filled novel that felt like a modern day fairy tail mixed with the Alice in Wonderland story in a way. A young girl falling between the cracks of the normal world and that of fairy tales and mythology. A man nearly 200 years old and immune to time who's seen and done it all nearly. And both of them are pulled along into a supernatural nightmare of being hunted, attacked, trapped, locked in dungeons and more. It's beautifully written. I cried at parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A blend of Neil Gaiman's writings across Neverwhere, his comic material, and the Grimm t.v. show. It's heavy on folk lore and mythology with portal adventure at its core set today in New York. It's beautiful, enrapturing and the mythological creatures are awing. I was in love with this adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A magical portal fantasy that takes your breath away and will keep you all night tearing across pages to the end. Then you'll go back and reread. It was so wonderful!
Ellyria More than 1 year ago
R.R. Virdi is an exceptional author, an exceptional author with wit and a sense of humor, who weaves a masterpiece of Urban Fantasy balancing Trolls and Faerie Queens with the modern world in an especially believable way. Cassidy Winters is a girl of our generation, Netflix and Chill and an unabashed nerd with a quote and quip to deal with anything. She also has a few small problems. The novel begins as Jonathan Hawthorne stumbles upon Cassidy being chased by Trolls. Virdi hardly allows the reader to pause for a breath from there, keeping his novel running at a fast pace, thrusting characters and the reader from one situation into the next, with trolls and trickery and magic, leaving the reader just as breathless as his characters until the very end (and desperately aching for more). For those who loved Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Dangerous Ways is easily a must have, and sits quite comfortably on my shelf near Seanan McGuire as well. For those who love modern day tales of the creatures that go bump in the night, tales in which they don't sparkle in the light, and Faerie Queens just as frightening as they are beautiful, Virdi's Dangerous Ways is perfect, every bit as fulfilling as I hoped it could be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant take on fantasy books by setting them today in a place like New York while retaining all of the magic and adventure of the fantasy genre. Quick, powerful, clever with non stop action from the same page.
Jim Allers More than 1 year ago
Five stars. No review.