Book Review: The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

Book Review: The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

Mystery/Fantasy: The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

 

I’m not entirely sure anything could have prepared me for this book. The author does provide enough introduction to get one started, but this is possibly the strangest book I will read this year. It is also one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year.

 

First, did you know there is a kind of “fan fiction” where stories are recast with people who have wings? I was completely unaware that this was a thing. Katherine Addison was not only aware of it, she embraced it and made it her own. The Angel of the Crows retells a number of Arthur Conan Doyles’ Sherlock Holmes stories–but her version of “Sherlock” has wings. Her version of Watson has a mysterious magical affliction, one that reveals its nature during the course of the book. There are other mysteries about the Watson character that also get revealed.

 

The names have been changed. The stories have been adapted to include steampunk elements, supernatural beings, and other fun alterations. They are very recognizably tributes to the original. The changes, though, make this book entirely its own.

 

Angels and shapeshifters. Ghosts and partially sentient automatons. I’m not sure whether the hardcore Holmesian aficionado would appreciate the alterations, but if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, if you enjoy light and sometimes absurd fantasy, if you simply want to escape for a while and let your imagination run amok, The Angel of the Crows is an excellent choice.

The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison

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