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As usual, the book starts a little slowly but the pace increases soon and by halfway through, I couldn t put it down I love Connor I love how del Marco is able to show me Connor s deepest feelings with very little telling I love how equal the genders are I love Meryl and I know why Connor cares about her Frequently in UF, I have no idea why the main chars are attracted to one another I feel Connors confused emotions around just about everything in the story I love that he stands up and As usual, the book starts a little slowly but the pace increases soon and by halfway through, I couldn t put it down I love Connor I love how del Marco is able to show me Connor s deepest feelings with very little telling I love how equal the genders are I love Meryl and I know why Connor cares about her Frequently in UF, I have no idea why the main chars are attracted to one another I feel Connors confused emotions around just about everything in the story I love that he stands up and is snarky when he wants to be and feels pushed and not just any time he is angry and annoyed I love how in each book he find himself in a situation or two where he s being his old self absorbed self and that when he realizes it, he feels like crap I love how in each book there is something that wiggles into his head and allows him to think for awhile about going back to the old job and that maybe it would be okay If he had changed 100%, it would be too unbelievable This Connor, who is struggling to be the good man who s come to the surface while being caught by moments if his former self, is real to me I also love how in this book we hear about the good man he was before he lost his abilities despite being an arrogant ass I also really like how del Marco usually recognizes that his readers are smart and knowledgeable about fae things and what they don t know they ll look up or figure out So he doesn t go into long descriptive passages about what Ogham runes are unlike the previous book I read nor does he have the protagonist be ignorant in order to make the reader feel better Connor is a Druid raised by fae and he would and does know what Ogham runes are I just love Connor Grey If del Marco would just get into it faster and bring a gay character permanently into the storyline these would easily be 5 star books for me Just don t look at the covers The guy on the cover looks too old for a Druid Conner s age they live much longer and their bodies ageslowly Plus, Connor s way cuter than that Another good installment in the Connor Grey series Like orannia, I didn t think the romantic relationship added anything to the story. It s not bad enough that Connor Grey lost all his hair while averting a rather massive magical disaster, now he has to account for it too Too bad that the dark matter lodged in his brain blocking his druidic abilities also seems to be causing him to forget spans of time with major magical happenings And did I mention the loss of his locks front cover not indicative of the plight the poor boy must be enduring Connor remains an engaging detective amid the urban fantasy scene, kindling sympathy It s not bad enough that Connor Grey lost all his hair while averting a rather massive magical disaster, now he has to account for it too Too bad that the dark matter lodged in his brain blocking his druidic abilities also seems to be causing him to forget spans of time with major magical happenings And did I mention the loss of his locks front cover not indicative of the plight the poor boy must be enduring Connor remains an engaging detective amid the urban fantasy scene, kindling sympathy while also revealing the shades of when he was a total jerk for which he now is forced to rectify his previous errors of tact A new nemesis ally from Connor s past brings to light that he often did not fall on the side of the holiest of good boys However, the best perpetrator of Connor eats humble pie is his interest d amour Meryl, druidess of the changing hair colors and wearer of big boots She dishes out lots of karmic payback to our detective, one might, rather should say, gleefully and with vigorous vindication Plus, she gets lobster out of the whole deal.The magical mayhem and mystery deepens, the webs of connectedness revealstrands, and Joe the Flit drinks a shitload and belches Oreos Wrap all this up on the eve of the new year the pagan one, not the Judeo Christian one at Samhain when an event that hasn t been seen since the Convergence seems likely to take place, and you ve got another package full of exciting fantasy Despite the numerous times I wanted to bop Connor on the head and say it s a ghost stupid head or forget the woman and take a horizontal detour down memory lane with the couture crimson sweater boy, Del Franco delivers another in what I hope will be a long running series to rival Butcher I found the parts of the plot involving the magical spear to be the most interesting, especially when all hell was breaking loose for the last 60 pages of the book The political machinations seem very murky, and I have trouble figuring out what the implications are However, I m still curious where all the strangeness is going to take Connor. won on first reads DConnor Grey has gotten out of a lot of tough spots, and now the mage s guild wants him to account for his latest transgression He lost his memory when the taint was released at the graveyard, and even though he s told that to the guild they don t believe him They send underqueen Ceridwen with a spear that makes those it is focused on tell the truth so that she can investigate the situation.Also the darkness in his head is changing Making his ability to sense essences eve won on first reads DConnor Grey has gotten out of a lot of tough spots, and now the mage s guild wants him to account for his latest transgression He lost his memory when the taint was released at the graveyard, and even though he s told that to the guild they don t believe him They send underqueen Ceridwen with a spear that makes those it is focused on tell the truth so that she can investigate the situation.Also the darkness in his head is changing Making his ability to sense essences even stronger And with all of this going on in his life, he is still working with the Boston P.D in order to solve seemingly completely random murders that are the work of a druidess She steels their essence and then carves runes on the victims forehead As Grey tries to solve the murders and get the guild to believe that he isn t part of some conspiracy both of these problems turn out to be connected And with the help of his maybe girlfriend, his old friend from New York, and his old mentors Connor tries to find a way to keep the taint that has settled over the weird from turning all things to hell.The first one was great, but this was defiantly better It moved faster, and I couldn t put the book down The battle especially at the end really held my attention In the third book of the series, damaged druid Connor Grey finds himself juggling between a series of investigation by the representative of High Queen Maeve about the events that happened in Forest Hill the previous book , a moving forward of his relationship with researcher extraordinaire Meryl Dian, a blast from the past in form of his former partner in New York, Dylan macBain, and a look into a couple of murders with his friend Murdock that seems to somehow linked into a plan to attack Tar In the third book of the series, damaged druid Connor Grey finds himself juggling between a series of investigation by the representative of High Queen Maeve about the events that happened in Forest Hill the previous book , a moving forward of his relationship with researcher extraordinaire Meryl Dian, a blast from the past in form of his former partner in New York, Dylan macBain, and a look into a couple of murders with his friend Murdock that seems to somehow linked into a plan to attack Tara during Samhain celebration, when the Dead can walk into the human world My, My, I start to love this series VERY MUCH In a world of UF, where the only male protagonist I read that clearly rules is Harry Dresden, I find Connor Grey as a great addition He might not have Dresden s witty sarcasm remarks but I love Connor s voice as well I love how he still struggles with his damaged condition, after losing all of his abilities except for sensing essence as well as being not respective towards the authority I love his roundabout friends Meryl, Joe, and Murdock.In this stories, we seeprogress on Connor s dark mass that resides on his head and what it can do It seems like the dark mass gives Connor s new abilities and I feel there areto it than just dampening his other abilities There is also a new development in Murdock s power, I think he is no longer just plain human He must have developed some kind of stronger essence AND that oreo loving flit, Joe, adds the humor sense to the whole story with his attitude, especially when he s drunk he s so cute The climax of this book, when Connor and his company try to stop the attack to Tara as well as stopping the Dead from flocking Boston makes me glue to the story It s heartpumping action and there is one scene that just makes me say to myself, No, THAT does NOT happen I can t WAIT to start reading book 4 This is a really terrific series It s primarily a PI mystery police procedural style combined with urban fantasy Connon is far from perfect, which makes him muchinteresting The system of magic is absolutely consistent and feels very real and logical The politics and social interactions are substantive and rich The author weaves each layer of the current mystery into the continuing mystery of Connor s past with care and skill And the supporting characters are fully fleshed and jump of This is a really terrific series It s primarily a PI mystery police procedural style combined with urban fantasy Connon is far from perfect, which makes him muchinteresting The system of magic is absolutely consistent and feels very real and logical The politics and social interactions are substantive and rich The author weaves each layer of the current mystery into the continuing mystery of Connor s past with care and skill And the supporting characters are fully fleshed and jump off the page I m really impressed with Mark Del Franco and look forward to reading manyof his novels *DOWNLOAD EPUB ✙ Unfallen Dead ⇻ For a century since the Convergence of Faerie and modern reality, the Ways between this world and the next have been closed But now signs point to the chance that the veil may lift again Connor Grey has enough problems with a vengeful Queen of Faerie and the return of his old Guild partner Add an occult string of murders, and it s another case that just may kill him The 3rd book in the Connor Grey series and it was so good I couldn t put it down It had everything that I love about urban fantasy stories compelling characters, a murder mystery, rich supernatural world I loved the new characters especially Dylan and all the revelations about the black mass in Connor s head Murdock was his usual awesome self Meryl kicked ass, literally this time Joe was drunk and crazy Good times Mark Del Franco is getting better and better with every book that The 3rd book in the Connor Grey series and it was so good I couldn t put it down It had everything that I love about urban fantasy stories compelling characters, a murder mystery, rich supernatural world I loved the new characters especially Dylan and all the revelations about the black mass in Connor s head Murdock was his usual awesome self Meryl kicked ass, literally this time Joe was drunk and crazy Good times Mark Del Franco is getting better and better with every book that he writes and he definitely belongs to my favorite urban fantasy authors Unfallen Dead is a good strong installment in the Connor Grey novels by Mark Del Franco, advancing the storyline not only for the world at large, but also for the story arc about what happened to Connor to disable his druid abilities More specifically, we ve got ourselves a story where the Convergence, the great merging of the human and Faerie worlds a hundred years or so back, seems to be finally reversing itself But Connor s got his own issues an underQueen of the Seelie Court is bent on in Unfallen Dead is a good strong installment in the Connor Grey novels by Mark Del Franco, advancing the storyline not only for the world at large, but also for the story arc about what happened to Connor to disable his druid abilities More specifically, we ve got ourselves a story where the Convergence, the great merging of the human and Faerie worlds a hundred years or so back, seems to be finally reversing itself But Connor s got his own issues an underQueen of the Seelie Court is bent on interrogating him and Meryl Dian about the events at the tail end of the last story And further, Connor s old Guild partner from New York, Dylan macBain, has shown up in town to fill in for Keeva macNeve, suspended from duty because of those same questionable events.And just to add insult to injury, Dylan s even got Connor s old office.It s nice to be far enough along in the series arc at this point that we re past Connor s initial wave of resentment about his disability, and are moving on to him figuring out what it is and how to conquer it There are events in the last act of this story that raise all sorts of interesting questions about what exactly happened to Connor, especially given how his nemesis Bergin Vize finally shows up on camera in a state that Connor does not expect at all But that s only part of what he has to deal with from Vize, given that that elf s bent on taking out the Seelie Court Meanwhile, another fey is killing people and framing Meryl for the crime, giving Connor yet another challenge to juggle.Good strong story over all and I m looking forward to diving right into Book Four, now that it s out Four stars