The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman

knife.jpgHere is the first line of the book:

“New Amsterdam was a city the way decapitation was a paper cut.”

I mean, what a first line, right? If that doesn’t grab your attention then I don’t know what will.

I really enjoyed this book. A LOT. It starts from that stunning first line, grabs you and does not let you go. I could not put it down.

This is a fantasy mystery novel. So if you aren’t into that sort of thing, then this might not be your bag. However, if you like Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell – then I think you will really enjoy this.

The story focuses on Agent “Sully” Sullivan, of Imperial Bureau of Investigation. She is basically trying to solve the mystery as to what is behind the mass killings known by ‘The Year of the Knife”. I am 100% underselling it here because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I am always in awe of authors who create a universe and build on things that already exist. This book focuses on magic – Sully is of the able to perform magic persuasion. In the book, the author makes it about math and formulas and not just something one is born with.

Sully is also a lesbian. I mention it because I think it actually makes the book more interesting. She is a complex character – who happens to be in a relationship with a vampire. This adds a layer to the book and makes it not your run-of-the-mill fantasy type story.

The author did a great job of keeping the suspense up. There are lots of twists and turns, and you really can’t figure out ‘whodunit’.

It was a highly enjoyable book, and I am very glad that I read it.

I rated this 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)

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