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Introducing boyfriend 12,245 Or is it 16,759 Sigh It gets so hard to keep track of them all these days Oh well, tough job, someone s got to do it and all that crap So My new boyfriend is Slightly Very Delicious SVD His name is Alek Fitz which is not a mightily titillating name, I concur, but there you have it and stuff Alek is a mixed blood Troll Who tends to grow tusks in the heat of, um, battle Which, although not as tantalizing as, say, tentacles, is weirdly, um, stimulat Introducing boyfriend 12,245 Or is it 16,759 Sigh It gets so hard to keep track of them all these days Oh well, tough job, someone s got to do it and all that crap So My new boyfriend is Slightly Very Delicious SVD His name is Alek Fitz which is not a mightily titillating name, I concur, but there you have it and stuff Alek is a mixed blood Troll Who tends to grow tusks in the heat of, um, battle Which, although not as tantalizing as, say, tentacles, is weirdly, um, stimulating So I say yum and stuff Also, Alek s got Super Extra Handy Tattoos SEHT that would make both silly Chris Hemsworth Thor and Kate Daniel s ever barfing dog sexey as all get out Grendel awfully jealous Hell, they even make me jealous, and our lord shrimp knows I m plenty destructive enough as it is, and sure don t need extra firepower to slaughter my way through the world So yum again Then there s this No, thou art not dreaming, My Tiny Decapods, Alek is indeed really truly a bearded Mary Poppins He is somewhat a little bit much hotter than the original, too Well I have nothing against Julie Andrews, but, um, well, you know, stuff and stuff Glad we cleared that up Anyhoo and stuff, triple yum, I say And you know what one of the coolest things about Alek is This YES He s got his very own genie Jinn in a bottle ring Her name is Jeannie Maggie and she doesn t grant wishes Because she s, you know, NOT a genie She s a bloody shrimping jinn and stuff Which is much much muchtubular, if you ask me Besides, she s got that telepathy thing going, which makes for quite tasty dialogues between Alek and her So, time for quadruple yum, methinks.Okay, let s recap for a sec here So we ve got a considerably edible guy with kinky delightful physical attributes and indecently scrumptious most useful skin d cor He s got a few tricks down his magic carpet bag wallet, and ancient cool chick embedded jewellery a wonderfully exotic sidekick But you know one of the things I lurvesabout him He went to the Kate Daniels School of Crafty Sleuthing KDSoCS Yes, he did Consequently, his chosen method of investigation is topoke it with a stick until it decides to come out and playQuintuple yum, this obviously calls for Also,Anything else to report, you ask Oh, I don t know A brilliantly refreshing, lusciously original world building, you mean HA This doesn t happen very often in the been there read that 300 bloody fishing times already world of Urban Fantasy, does it now Well HA again Because it does happen here I won t tell you about the story because that s what blurbs and other reviewers are for, remember reasons, but I ll tell you this the creatures and characters and pets and whatever and everything in this world YUM , I say We ve got trolls DUH and jinns double DUH and imps and goblins and ghouls some of them 80s fans, bless their little ghoulish hearts , oh my There are also vamps, but it is a truth universally acknowledge that vamps are wimps, ergo they don t count Then there s also Ferryman Death, who s one of the coolest dudes ever And, get this, Hell is run by a bunch of capitalistic pricks waves at Lucy Lucifer is really a woman HA Knew it , Satan, Mammon, Belphegor, Leviathan and their evil corp managing friends Isn t that gloriously glorious It s such a relief to know I can always count on you to support me, Spockie Dear Nefarious Last Words NLW I hear that my evil twin gave Brian McClellan s Promise of Blood a despicable 2 star rating please don t hate her, she was young and naive when she read the book wrong A good thing I m here to right this most disgraceful, vile, shameful wrong Go me and stuff, I say P.S Bloody shrimping hell of the stinking fish, I almost forgot Alek Fitz MINE MINE MINE So Poof Gone High Security Harem and stuff Book 2 Blood Tally Pre review nonsense Bloody shrimping hell of the thinking fish, I think I just got my little self a new boyfriend And he s a regular Mary Poppins, too And a trollish one at that view spoiler hide spoiler Review to come and stuff Brian McClellan is primarily known for his Powder Mage series I haven t read it yet, but if Uncanny Collateral is indicative of McClellan s writing style, I have some catching up to do Alek Fitz works as a Reaper he tracks down debtors and solves various supernatural problems He s well equipped for the task as a tall, strong guy covered in magical tattoos giving him cool and lethal powers he commands respect When a fight starts, Alek turns into an animal Well, mostly His ancestors m Brian McClellan is primarily known for his Powder Mage series I haven t read it yet, but if Uncanny Collateral is indicative of McClellan s writing style, I have some catching up to do Alek Fitz works as a Reaper he tracks down debtors and solves various supernatural problems He s well equipped for the task as a tall, strong guy covered in magical tattoos giving him cool and lethal powers he commands respect When a fight starts, Alek turns into an animal Well, mostly His ancestors mixed with Trolls, and such genetic heritage gives Alek cool upgrades like strong retractable tusks and preternatural strength He also wears a ring in which lives a powerful djinni Maggie All things considered, Alek has a lot of raw power and magical tricks up his sleeves.It makes him fit for the most challenging jobs and when Death himself approaches his boss Ada, she flings him into a case unlike any other He has to recover stolen souls, survive a fledgling imp war and save the world Easy.In just 150 pages, Uncanny Collateral throws the reader into a relentless, straightforward action Thanks to an excellent pacing and fun twists it ll keep you glued to the pages It doesn t treat itself too seriously, and that makes it evenfun I mean, imagine a half blood Troll covered in magical tattoos including Mjolnir that, when activated, allows him to punch through stuff, bodies included riding a truck and smoking cigars His best friend is a female Djinni trapped in a ring on his finger They exchange quality telepathic banter all the time and their relationship is the highlight of the book I liked Alek as a protagonist he s dangerous but he s not an assassin or a thug Troll blood flows in his veins and makes him prone to the outbursts of a berserk rage in times of danger, but it doesn t define him He remains likeable and caring Both he and Maggie have secrets, hinted here and there I can t wait to explore them in the sequels We learn enough to understand what s going on, but not enough to feel overhelmed with the details Secondary characters and the world entertain as well McClellan has a knack for characterisation he introduces a retired and greedy angel, Death who looks almost like Keith Richardss, and pissed undead.I loved it I feel tired of oversized epics with billions of POV characters and convoluted plots I crave good entertainment and McClellan delivers precisely this Uncanny Collateral is short, entertaining and fast paced It ends with no cliffhanger, but with enough hooks to make me impatiently await the sequel ARC through Fantasy Book Critic Uncanny Collateral is scheduled for release on April 2nd. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.Uncanny Collateral is an entertaining, fast paced urban fantasy novella that packed a surprising amount of character development for its size.McClellan was best known for his Powder Mage trilogy which I ve thoroughly enjoyed His ongoing Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy which is based off the same world is reputedly even better than his debut efforts but I ve yet to read them something which I intend to rectify sometime in the f I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.Uncanny Collateral is an entertaining, fast paced urban fantasy novella that packed a surprising amount of character development for its size.McClellan was best known for his Powder Mage trilogy which I ve thoroughly enjoyed His ongoing Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy which is based off the same world is reputedly even better than his debut efforts but I ve yet to read them something which I intend to rectify sometime in the future If this novella was anything to go by, his writing now has an evennatural and practised ease that flows and ebbs with the story In Powder Mage, the writing was slightly clunkier in the first book, but improvements were noticeable as we progressed to the third one.In Uncanny Collateral, I didn t notice the writing at all, which to me is a good thing Prose should either stand out for being beautiful or impactful, or disappear into the storytelling altogether Usually, when I say a book is easy to read, I don t mean that it is simple in the sense of low intelligence, but in that, it is not embellished or overly complicated until it detracts from the story Of course, urban fantasy tended to be easier to read, and I liked how McClellan managed to fit his writing to the urban setting and faster paced narrative.There had been a lot of great novellas in recent years Straddling between a short story and a novel, the length of a novella provides a nice not so little diversion from bigger fantasy reads I don t doubt for a moment though that novellas can be tricky to write to achieve balance between worldbuilding, plot and character development with significantly fewer words Which means numerous subplots and a large cast of characters are a no no In this respect, I will say that McClellan s first novella effort was a commendable one with superb pacing, lively action and excellent character developmentMy name is Alek Fitz I m a reaper for Valkyrie Collections, and I ve come to collect your debtIn this case, the debt is a human soul owed to one of the many Lords of Hell souls traded in return for human desires such as power, wealth or success And hence, why our main protagonist s job is called reaping This does not mean that the human will die once his or her soul has been collected it merely leaves the person rather empty inside yeah, well, that is a bit of an understatement The plot is pretty straightforward as the chief reaper himself sought out the help of Valkyrie Collections to help investigate a recent slew of missing souls, which is causing a lot of problems in hell Alek was put on the case together with his secret sidekick, Maggie, an ancient djinn who lived in a ring.In spite of having fewer words to work with, we do get enough of Alek s backstory to empathise with him and how he became a reaper His characterisation was crafted seamlessly into the flow of events and his interactions with Maggie and other individuals without breaking the momentum in the story The dialogue and banter were enjoyable and felt uncontrived I especially loved the scenes between Alek and Death.The worldbuilding itself was fascinating We are talking about an earth where humans and the supernatural termed the Others co exist under specific Rules and contracts We get imps, goblins, vampires, djinns and even Death himself Even Alek is a half troll, half human, which certainly made himinteresting There also seemed to be a not so subtle jab at capitalism with the notion that the various Lords of Hell run most of the big corporations.Uncanny Collateral is an excellent urban fantasy debut by an author who has already proven adept at epic fantasy I will read the second book in a heartbeat I also found out the audiobook is narrated by the incredibly talented Luke Daniels there is no one better suited for fast paced UF filled with banter and action.You can order a copy of the ebook and audiobook viaUSUK You can also find this, and my other reviews at Novel Notions. Alek Fitz works for Valkyrie Collections, based in northern Ohio near Cleveland You may not have heard of Valkyrie Collections, run by his boss, Ada That s because we are in a parallel world in contemporary times Or, for those of you with paranormal senses, just a documentary of what is really happening in Ohio Alek is a reaper, following up on those who have sold their souls but just forgotten to keep their part of the deal Alex is a twenty eight year old guy with the normal urges but Alek Fitz works for Valkyrie Collections, based in northern Ohio near Cleveland You may not have heard of Valkyrie Collections, run by his boss, Ada That s because we are in a parallel world in contemporary times Or, for those of you with paranormal senses, just a documentary of what is really happening in Ohio Alek is a reaper, following up on those who have sold their souls but just forgotten to keep their part of the deal Alex is a twenty eight year old guy with the normal urges but his genome contains some mixed blood.actually some troll blood something that provides him with some extra muscle and quicker reactions When he goes into combat, his lower teeth often morph into sabre tusks Another asset is that he wears a ring actually, it doesn t seem to come off that contains a seven hundred year old jinn She definitely a she gives him all sorts of advice which my GR friend, carol, says gives the feel of Dresden and the skull, or Hearne s druid and his dog To me, itresembles the relationship between Glen Cook s Garrett and the Dead Man.Alek s world has a number of average creatures, such as imps, and goblins McClellan makes them interesting and his imagination in world building and monster infestation is one of the highlights of this read Most of Uncanny Collateral is about having Death as a client Death, or as he likes to be called, the Ferryman, has an unusual task for Alek Find out who is stealing souls This would normally be a job for the government bureaucrats known as OtherOps But, I will let Alek comment on them and on his work It had never even occurred to me that they could be stolen It is possible, Ferryman answered, and it has happened Is there an illicit trade in souls There isn t The souls literally don t have value in this life Once they ve been reunited with the shade and move on as part of the whole spirit, then they have value The reason you have a job, he said, pointing one long finger at me, is because the physical possession of a soul upon the death of the mortal vessel is extremely important in determining where the spirit winds up Most OtherOps agents will do anything to fuck with reapers They resent us because we re better paid independent contractors who can get away with murder We resent them because they have better work hours, government job security, and can get away with murder Ada wasn t shy about sending me on the most dangerous jobs it s why she bought a troll blooded child two decades ago, after all The fact that Death had involved himself personally meant that this could get hairy really hairy and I couldn t help but wonder how many details he was hiding from me All of these characters, and plot elements are well thought out Alek is a lonely character who has few friends but they are critical to his success The dialogue is snappy and the action is fast This isn t a short story, but I breezed through it in a day Thank you, carol, for pointing me in this direction Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan and narrated by Luke Daniels is a unique fantasy novel about a dealer that is half troll and he has a djinn in his ring How cool is that In this strange world, there are all kinds of creatures, it really is exciting Our half troll reaper is given a job by Death to track down over 200 missing souls Now this is one back of a story involving imps, shape shifters, andAction packed and full of unique imagination If course with Luke Daniels as the narra Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan and narrated by Luke Daniels is a unique fantasy novel about a dealer that is half troll and he has a djinn in his ring How cool is that In this strange world, there are all kinds of creatures, it really is exciting Our half troll reaper is given a job by Death to track down over 200 missing souls Now this is one back of a story involving imps, shape shifters, andAction packed and full of unique imagination If course with Luke Daniels as the narrator, the narration is totally awesome As always this review can also be found on my blog The tattooed Book Geek Collateral is written in the first person from the perspective of Alek Fitz, the lead reaper debt collector at Valkyrie Collections in Cleveland, a debt collection agency for the supernatural Others.As a reaper, Alek collects the debts owed to the clients of Valkyrie Collections Mostly, he collects the souls of those who have sold them in deals for things like fame, we As always this review can also be found on my blog The tattooed Book Geek Collateral is written in the first person from the perspective of Alek Fitz, the lead reaper debt collector at Valkyrie Collections in Cleveland, a debt collection agency for the supernatural Others.As a reaper, Alek collects the debts owed to the clients of Valkyrie Collections Mostly, he collects the souls of those who have sold them in deals for things like fame, wealth, a new motorcycle, etc and have reneged on the deal.After his latest reaping, Alek is called into the office by his boss, Ada for a side job that needs to be handled discreetly so that it doesn t get out to the wider world Souls are going missing, being stolen from the Lords of Hell who are like corporations that run soul trading businesses and Death Ferryman who looks like Keith Richards and is likeable wants Alek to find out who is stealing the souls, why they are stealing them and stop them.Alek is a slave to his job, he is owned by Ada who purchased him as a child He isn t all human, he is part troll he has retractable tusks and toughened skin and a big muscled guy who has magically infused tattoos and a variety of powers When he gets into a fight the troll berserker in him unleashes making him one tough SOB who isthan capable of handling himself and laying the smackdown.A few years ago, back when Alek was a younger andnaive reaper he put on a ring that he found in a debtor s collection box and the ring That ring can t be removed from his finger and contains Maggie, an ancient Jinn who ended up trapped inside the ring that Alek wears and, who is now his partner, of sorts.There is some backstory to Alek and you sympathise with both Alek and Maggie her past remains mysterious who are both in similar predicaments, one a slave to their job and the other trapped inside a ring.Throughout the story, there is plenty of snarky banter which is always a good thing Some of the banter occurs between Alek and other characters But, mostly, it is between Alek and Maggie and takes place in Alek s head as they conduce back and forth bickering and conversations inside his mind.The world is our world only there are supernatural creatures Others to go alongside the humans and there are a set of contracts, restrictions and rules that govern the two worlds and the dealings that they have with each other Reaper agencies, like Valkyrie Collections, are the equivalent of debt collection agencies and deal with contract disputes maintaining the contractual balance between the humans and the Other OtherOps are like the police force and handle all other Other related criminal activity and incidents that occur.There s some cool magic, some mystery, some twists, an array of fantastical creatures shapeshifters, ghouls, imps, draugr, jinn, a retired angel and, of course, Death himself all make appearances with many others mentioned that appear, some fantastic characters and a whole lot of exhilarating fighting found within the pages of Uncanny Collateral The story closes off nicely but there are things hinted at, the past, secrets and threads left hanging for potential future books.The pacing in Uncanny Collateral is fast, the story action packed, high octane and tightly plotted with a protagonist that packs a mighty punch Urban fantasy is a genre that I often tend to avoid as I don t really enjoy it However, I really enjoyed Uncanny Collateral, it doesn t take itself too seriously, the story is easy to read, thoroughly bingeable and it is like a 150 page shot of adrenaline to the system, a wild ride and a hell of a lot of fun Yea, so I read the ARC and this is a honest review as alwaysSo, Urban fantasy from Brian McClellan when I saw his tweet, I was gimme Now that I have read it, I feel a bit unsatisfied On the one hand, the story is fine and the writing is excellent On the other, it is pretty obvious that there is still a long way to go before we can actually start enjoying this series The characters and world building needdepth before the series can start approaching something like a Dresden Files I Yea, so I read the ARC and this is a honest review as alwaysSo, Urban fantasy from Brian McClellan when I saw his tweet, I was gimme Now that I have read it, I feel a bit unsatisfied On the one hand, the story is fine and the writing is excellent On the other, it is pretty obvious that there is still a long way to go before we can actually start enjoying this series The characters and world building needdepth before the series can start approaching something like a Dresden Files I would have given this book 4 stars instead of 3, if there were a little bitoomph to the story.The pacing is excellent and this along with the short book length ensured that I finished the book in a single sitting This makes the book excellent commute travel material The characters are interesting but, like I mentioned before, we will needbooks before we can truly start to appreciate them In terms of feel and general main character vibe, think of this as a cross between Harry Dresden and Sandman Slim.In conclusion, Uncanny Collateral is a good first book, the series shows a lot of potential and I will be waiting to read the next book in the series *READ BOOK ↺ Uncanny Collateral ☋ Alek Fitz is a reaper, a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of the world, tracking down debtors and solving problems for clients as diverse as the Lords of Hell, vampires, Haitian loa, and goblins He s even worked for the Tooth Fairy on occasion Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Alek is the best in the game As a literal slave to his job, he doesn t have a choice When Death comes looking for someone to track down a thief, Alek is flung into a mess of vengeful undead, supernatural bureaucracy, and a fledgling imp war As the consequences of failure become dire, he has few leads, and the clock is ticking Only with the help of his friend Maggie an ancient djinn with a complex past can he hope to recover the stolen property, save the world, and just maybe wring a favor out of the Great Constant himself It s a hell of a job, but somebody s got to do it Valkyrie Collections We Deal with Mortals So You Don t Have To.I had to open up this review with the main motto of the plot line..Men in Black meets Fables Wolf Among Us seriously could not read this without picturing the two This was one heck of an enjoyable read but not without some minor flaws Will be talkingabout this on my YouTube channel.https www.youtube.com hollyheartsbooks Valkyrie Collections We Deal with Mortals So You Don t Have To.I had to open up this review with the main motto of the plot line..Men in Black meets Fables Wolf Among Us seriously could not read this without picturing the two This was one heck of an enjoyable read but not without some minor flaws Will be talkingabout this on my YouTube channel.https www.youtube.com hollyheartsbooks Actual Rating 3.5 starsMy first exposure to McClellan s books and definitely not the last