Published: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Brian McClellan
Series: Valkyrie Collections #1
Genre: Fantasy – Urban
Pages: 151 (ebook)
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins. He’s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion. Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game. As a literal slave to his job, he doesn’t have a choice.
When Death comes looking for someone to track down a thief, Alek is flung into a mess of vengeful undead, supernatural bureaucracy, and a fledgling imp war. As the consequences of failure become dire, he has few leads, and the clock is ticking. Only with the help of his friend Maggie—an ancient djinn with a complex past—can he hope to recover the stolen property, save the world, and just maybe wring a favor out of the Great Constant himself.
It’s a hell of a job, but somebody’s got to do it . . .
I’m a huge fan of Brian McClellan’s books and this is one I’ve had hanging out for awhile on my Kindle. I actually forgot I had it amongst all the other books on there… Anyway, it was a great short read, perfect for a crappy January weekend.
This is quite different than his Powder Mage books that most of us know him by but that’s why I wanted to read it!! It’s really cool urban fantasy with a great premise! Alex Fitz is a collection agent for overdue souls. Yeah, people have sold their souls and managed to hang on to them longer than agreed up so he shows up and collects them. He’s a tough dude, being part troll and all and he’s got some wicked Viking-esque tattoos and a ring with a djinn inside. The people he’s collecting from definitely think he’s worse than the IRS.
The aforementioned ‘great premise’ is basically this- Death shows up looking for someone to help out with a little problem. Okay, a big problem that happens to be a bunch of missing souls. Now this is throwing off things in his realm and the accounts are unbalanced and things are going from bad to worse and it would be awkward if the supernatural police force were to get involved. This is where poor Alex gets brought in – he’s ordered by his boss/owner to take care of things. It’s a tough job and he really just wants a little break, but the payout from Death could be pretttty good and maybe answer a few lingering questions he has about his past.
All in all, this was a quick, action packed book that left me wanting more. Fortunately, there is a sequel called Blood Tally that will be available soon! As in February 11 soon! If you need some more urban fantasy in your life you should give this a whirl. It’s quality stuff and would be a great way to try out the sub-genre.