Sunday, June 16, 2013
Review:The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
Like a good majority of urban fantasy out there DSOH is told from a first-person perspective. For this to be successful the character in question needs to be entertaining, engaging and keep a delicate balance between capability and vulnerability. With Bobby Dollar Williams hits the nail on the head and his snarky cometary keeps the reader hooked throughout. Jim Butcher fans will see some very real similarities to Harry Dresden but without being too derivative.
The world-building is very interesting and Williams utilizes the fictional city of San Judas better than all of the urban fantasy's I've read bar Kate Griffin's London. Pacing is also well controlled throughout.
Overall Tad Williams again demonstrates his versatility in his first foray into urban fantasy. 8.25/10.