Tuesday, 21 July 2009
FANTASY REVIEW: Witches Incorporated - KE Mills
It's a case of espionage, skullduggery and serious unpleasantness. And it's also Gerald's first official government assignment. He's hunting down a deadly saboteur, and time is quickly running out. Old enemies and new combine forces to thwart him. Once again, innocent lives are on the line. He needs his friends. He can't do this alone. But Princess Melissande and Reg have troubles of their own. With the help of Monk Markham's brilliant, beautiful sister, they've opened a one-stop-shop witching locum agency, where magical problems are solved for a price. Problem is, the girls are struggling to keep the business afloat. Things are looking grim for Witches Incorporated - and that's before they accidentally cross paths with Gerald's saboteur. Suddenly everybody's lives are on the line and Gerald realises, too late, that there's a reason government agents aren't supposed to have friends ...
As a fan of the original novel by Karen, I really couldn’t wait to get this novel, so when it landed I set myself up for a wonderful day of reading pleasure. What unfurled was a tale that not only explored the world that the characters inhabit a bit deeper but went on to expose the seedier side of things as this Fantasy Crime novel exposed the hidden truths behind the ruthlessness that people are prepared to go to in order to make a few dollars more. Add to the mix (and lets face it with cakes involved there is a mix,) a book that’s not afraid to laugh at itself and you’ve got a story that’s light hearted and an easy read with a fistful of twists that will keep you guessing. Its great fun and if I get my way I want Reg the owl to get a tale at some point about her life. She’s an absolute cracker and demonstrates that even supporting characters are as magical as the leads.