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Review: Hidden City by Alan Baxter

October 18, 2020

About the Book:

When the city suffers, everyone suffers.

Steven Hines listened to the city and the city spoke. Cleveport told him she was sick. With his unnatural connection to her, that meant Hines was sick too. But when his friend, Detective Abby Jones, comes to him for help investigating a series of deaths with no discernible cause, Hines can’t say no. Then strange fungal growths begin to appear in the streets, affecting anyone who gets too close, turning them into violent lunatics.

As the mayhem escalates and officials start to seal Cleveport off from the rest of the world, Hines knows the trouble has only just begun.

My thoughts:

October is definitely the right time to read this one. But perhaps not during a pandemic! (In a hometown that has been in lockdown for 100 days and counting.) I might have given myself nightmares with this one.

It’s a scary supernatural horror. A magic fueled pandemic where the natural world is against humanity. And humanity does not fare well. Steven Hines is a low level citymage. His best friend is a police detective and Abby doesn’t believe in magic. She is forced to believe in magic when the city—Cleveport—becomes sick, at the same time reports of a contagious madness is striking people in the city. Hines and his connection to the city are the only thing that will help them survive this rapidly moving deadly virus, the gun-toting insane militia, and a supercharged drug that is dropping mages left and right.

Cleveport is a character in her own right in this supernatural horror. Several supporting characters help move this fast paced tale along and soon it is only Hines, Abby and their small crew in a deadly battle to save the city and survive the madness taking over everything.

If you like the Dresden Files, you will definitely love this. It’s a great read for Halloween.

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