Title: The angel of the crows.
Author: Katherine Addison.
Format: E-ARC (Thanks to Netgalley, all opinions are my own!)
Publisher: Tor Books.
Page count: 407.
Release day: June 23rd 2020.
Genre: Adult, fantasy.
Rating: DNF @20%.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.
In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.
Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.
Well that third sentence of the summary is definitely true, ‘This is not the book you are expecting’. This was so much more of a mystery/detective story then I thought!
In the first 20% of this book we only meet one Angel, and there is no mention of any werewolves or vampires. So I can’t imagine them being such a big part of the book..!
This book was just really not for me! I was not connecting with the writing nor the characters or the plot. The main character, Mr Doyle, felt very flat to me. He wasn’t interesting at all in those first 20%. I think we were supposed to be curious about The angel of the crows, and what he was and what is role was. But I just wasn’t.
I’m still kinda curious what Jack the Ripper’s role is in this book, I have some guesses, but it wasn’t enough to pull me through the book!
I think this can be a good book for some readers, especially if you like the combination of fantasy and mystery, it was just not for me!