Black London #1
by: Caitlin Kittredge
$6.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Press
Released: June 2009
When Pete first met Jack, she was only a teenager, and didn't understand the dangers of dabbling in the dark magick Jack was proficient in. When Jack was killed in front of her, though, she was exposed to a dark and terrifying world few ever see, a world of demons, dark fey and even darker magick.
Years later, Pete is working as a detective for the London police. While working a child kidnapping case, she's given the address for an informant who supposedly knows where to find the missing girl. When she gets there, the last person she expects to see is Jack, back from the dead, his life consumed by his heroin addiction. The animosity Jack shows her is unexpected, since Pete has done nothing to him, and has spent the last ten years having nightmares of the night Jack died. But Jack knows how to find the missing girl, so the two form a tentative truce, both knowing it will last only until the case is solved.
What Pete doesn't expect is to find out the kidnappers come from the fey underworld, a place where few mortals enter and live to tell the tale. She'll have to rely on Jack if she's to survive-assuming he keeps himself clean long enough to get them both in and out safely and in one piece.
I love Caitlin Kittredge's Nocture City series, so I thought I'd give her Black London series a try. This series is about a dark magickal undercurrent that runs through London, one where demons, fey and other creatures of myth and legend reside. It's a place that will eat you up and spit out the bones when it's done unless you have not only the smarts, but the magickal ability to defend yourself. Jack had been a part of that world for years, and knew there was something special about Pete, which was why he'd invited her to do a demon summoning with him. What he didn't anticipate was the strength or determination of the demon. And when Pete thought Jack was dead, she panicked and ran, not knowing Jack had miraculously survived. When she finds him ten years later strung out on heroin, she forces him to detox, knowing that he's the only one who can use his magick to find the missing girl.
The interaction between Pete and Jack is raw, gritty and compelling. There's an undertone between the two, one that's akin to a time bomb getting ready to go off. There's an unresolved history between the two, not sexual, but there's definitely something there that needs to be addressed if the two plan on working together. The book was good enough that I read the second one, and the third is on my to-be-read pile right now. The second book draws us darker into their world, and answers any questions we might have from the first.
Carla gives this book a