Like the below reviewer I tried this out upon hearing the similarities to the Dresden Files
(which is a great series) and glowing reviews. The idea of an already ancient immortal battling other ancient immortals also got around the problem of smart, powerful immortals becoming suddenly stupid and dying like in the Anita Blake
series. Despite my high hopes, I could barely get through the first three books.
The main character Atticus starts out as a Pop Cultured Badass
, but becomes increasingly unlikeable as the stories go on. By the end of book three, he comes off as immature, arrogant jerk who is willing to commit crimes he condemns in others with little thought
and quotes pop culture in an attempt to sound clever when it comes across as annoying. The writer also cannot seem to decide if Atticus is a powerful badass who hates to fight, but can bind and dissolve anything (as long as it doesn't kill, but that hardly slows him down) to someone who is not that powerful.
Contradictions are a another problem rife in the books. The writer makes a rule only to break it without explanation when it gets in the way. Iron protects Atticus from all magic including fire...except lighting. Fragarach
can cut through anything including the armor of gods...except a minor creature from Greek mythology with no noted immunity to weapons. Mortal belief shapes and empowers gods...except Thor
is a sadistic thug who is only as powerful as lesser known thunder god Perun while in Asgard of all places. Perun
himself is a nice guy and any differences are Hand Waved
is in charge of a Deadly Decadent Court
, but has the emotional maturity and control of a high school girl. Etc, etc. etc.
There are some good things. Many of the basic ideas are still and I find the secondary characters likable. The books themselves are quick reads since they lack the depths of the Dresden files. Christianity is treated the same as other religions which is a nice change. However, I will no longer waste time on this series when there are better ones out there. At best, I may speed read some in the future to see if it improves. But that will be some time from now.