Review: Dead Things

Series: Eric Carter: #1

Mages are born with a knack. Illusions, transformations, divinations. Some people are just better at some things than others. I got dead things. Yay me.


This book hits a lot of things I haven’t read in a long time.

It’s a quick read. I finished it a day. After the much more wordy tomes of the expanse, this was a welcome change.

It’s absolutely chock full of cursing (barely a page goes by without at least one f**k thrown in) and violence. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of another book I’ve read which comes close to the former. The latter is just a hairs breath away in my opinion from gratuitous, but it works.

One thing to particularly like about this series is the worldbuilding. It’s not particularly novel among urban fantasy that I’ve read, but it’s done well. There are bits and pieces of all sorts of things thrown in–in particular, it was interesting to read about Santa Muerte, the ‘Patron Saint’ of Narcos–with something of a thematic theme throughout.

But sometimes the best tool for the job is a tool that shouldn’t exist.

On top of that, the main character–Eric Carter–is a necromancer. He’s got some serious magical chops when it comes to manipulating and using the dead while at the same time manages to get the crap beat out of him by the bigger bads. It’s an interesting take on a main character to be so intimate with death from the get go.

Despite the language and violence, there’s also a lot of humor in the series. Eric’s full of snark and wisecracks. Makes for a nice contrast to the otherwise grim world.

We pull off the 110 at Anaheim and head south to the docks. Outside the gates I pull off a few nametags from the roll in the glovebox and write GRAY HONDA CIVIC TOTALLY NOT A CADILLAC on one, slap it on the outside of the windshield.

(That totally works)

And then, there’s the ending. Eric makes a deal with the devil–in a manner of speaking–and the deal comes due while at the same time answering a few other lingering questions. There are some pretty hard hitting twists and changes that really make me wonder where this series is going next.

Well worth the read. If you’re worried about the language or the violence, perhaps try the first chapter. You’ll know by the end of that whether this is the book for you.