Monday, 13 February 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Troupe - Robert Jackson Bennett

Release Date: 02/02/12


George Carole ran away from home to join the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe - even for Vaudeville. Under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realise that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment. George must uncover the mysteries of Silenus's company before it is too late. He is already entangled in their web of secrets and, if he doesn't learn where they are taking him, he may never find his way out.


Robert burst onto the scene with Mr Shivers and he seems set to continue his war to claw his way to the top of the Urban Fantasy genre with this release, his third and one that continues to build upon the lessons learned in previous outings. The prose is top notch, the pace is one that really doesn’t want to let you go and with the dialogue the reader is in for a real treat. Add to this a modern reworking on classic mythology blended with the authors own unique style of telling a story and its been a real joy to read.

All in great fun and one that I’ll definitely be recommending to other UF fans who are seeking something a little different from the multitudes of Vamps or Were’s on the market.

1 comment:

Bea said...

I read the first chapter of this in an anthology and it was definitely different. Maybe I'll see if I can get the whole book.