Book Review: Goblin Precinct by: Keith R.A. DeCandido

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Dark Quest Books

Publish Date: August 31, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

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Synopsis: Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure-or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can. A new drug called Bliss is sweeping across the slums of Goblin Precinct. It makes people feel better-but if they take too much, they overdose and die. It doesn't truly become a concern for the Castle Guard until one of the overdoses turns out to be a former elf lord who is wanted for war crimes. The Captain of the Guard must put his best detectives, the half-elf Danthres Tresyllione and the ex-soldier Torin ban Wyvald, on the case to find out what happened to the elf. But when the magical examiner discovers the truth behind Bliss, it becomes a firestorm of controversy that brings the Brotherhood of Wizards into the case-and that never ends well.

Review: ‘Goblin Precinct’ is the third installment in the series featuring Castle Guard detectives Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald. An Elven representative has come to Cliff’s End to find a former elf lord and take him home to be tried for his crimes during the war. Unfortunately, this particular elf has succumbed to the draw of Bliss – a new street drug. Bliss is killing off people by the dozens and now it’s become a major issue as the M.E. has determined this isn’t just any new drug…it’s a drug created with magic. Now the stakes are higher and the search for the truth has been even more dangerous…

‘Goblin Precinct’ is a fun and fast-paced book. You don’t have to have read the first two books to enjoy it, but it certainly helps from a character standpoint. The politics and roles of women in society are a large part of this book. I enjoyed the coalescing story lines and I was very saddened by some of the tragedies which befell Cliff’s End in general and the Castle Guard in particular. At the end, the case is solved but there are a couple shocking twists. We’ll have to wait until the next book to see what the aftermath is, but hopefully the wait is not too long. I am a big fan of the mystery and fantasy elements the author has blended together so well. 

Series: Dragon Precinct (1), Unicorn Precinct (2), Goblin Precinct (3)

1 comment:

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