Review – Dark War is Delightul

August 18, 2011 - 10:10 pm No Comments

Dark War (Matt Richter 3)
Author: Tim Waggoner
Publisher: Angry Robot
Page count: 406pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
The third book in the Matt Richter series starts with a bang in an alternative dimension Nekropolis (the city that runs through all the Richter novels). Self willed Zombie Matt, girlfriend and half vamp Devona and universe jumping Darius hop across a dimension to save The House of Dark Delights from a Hyde Plague. The ‘Hydes’ are the “physical incarnation of everything cruel and selfish . . . and given free reign to whatever they pleased and to whomever they pleased”. That’s just the opening action and indication of the bizarre world that Richter and co inhabit.
At some point in the past, all of the demon kind, vampires, werewolves, zombies and all supernatural creatures left Earth (which can still be travelled to) and set up home in Nekropolis, a city with five different domains ran by five different Dark Lords. Richter is an active member of Nekroplous society; a homicide detective and self willed zombie who has an unfortunate habit of losing bits of himself on a regular basis, relying on the magic of Papa Chatha to literally keep himself together. When Papa Chatha goes missing, Richter must investigate where the magic worker and other magic users have disappeared to.
At its core, Dark War (Angry Robot)
is a supernatural police procedural. However, Wagonner’s world building is phenomenally imaginative, featuring a grotesque B-Movie Zoo, a collection of underpaid and overworked Frankenstein Monsters created by Industrialist Inventor Victor Frankenstein and Agony De-Lites, vehicles composed of “flesh-tech formed from the bodies of a dozen sadomasochists.”
It is brilliantly ingenious stuff full of images that will stay with the reader for a long time. There are also plenty of laughs and Richter as a zombie PI who knows less than he thinks he does makes for a great first person narrator. It really is a great book with lots to feast your metaphorical eyes on.
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