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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Hard Day's Knight by Simon R. Green (Nightside #11)

A Hard Day's Knight (Nightside, #11)A Hard Day's Knight by Simon R. Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb: John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside.

London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.

Another fast read that follows right on the heels of The Good, The Bad, and the Uncanny.  Excalibur has literally shown up on John's and Suzie's doorstep in the Post no less.  The Elves are threatening to go to war in Nightside.  And it seems the answer to both lies in London Proper with the Knight's of London. 

And, as usual, it's up to John to figure everything out.

I enjoyed this one, but perhaps not as much as #10.  The repartee between Suzie and John has evolved nicely, telling rather than showing how their relationship has grown and evolved.  Not as many Nightside regulars in this one - as John has stepped out of Nightside and is working with the Knight's of London.  Some interesting plot twists.  And, as always, I love how Green has taken myths and legends and incorporated them into this alternate reality/urban fantasy setting and in such a way as to make them new and refreshing. 

Recommended if you've read the first 10.  Please do start at the beginning for this series.

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