Reviewed by Ami
Author: Caleb James
Series: The Haffling #3
Heroes: Finn Hulain/Redmond Fall
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The human and fey worlds plummet toward an ancient war. Enter two unlikely lovers, a myth, and a mad queen hell-bent on conquest and revenge. Fire Marshal Finn Hulain, tormented by the death of his best friend and an unrequited love, is tossed from the world he knows into the upside-down realm of the fey. Dr. Redmond Fall, psychiatrist to the deadliest criminals in the Unsee, awakes to find the brutal Queen May deposited within the walls of his hospital for a bit of therapy. While May would like to get over her daddy issues, it’s sometimes easier to bite off heads.
Hound, the epic finale to the Haffling trilogy, delves into the darkest reaches of the addictions we all carry. To save the worlds and themselves, Finn, Redmond, and even May must confront the ghosts of their past and the demons of their present. The clock is ticking. There are no second chances. Everything is on the line.
Review: Hound is – I think – the last book of The Haffling series that starts in 2013 with Haffling. After the previous book, Queen May splits in two, one as salamander in the See (or human world) and the other form is in the Unsee. She is determined to get her stolen heart back, so she can rule all three worlds (See, Unsee, and The Mist). It’s up to our characters including Fire Marshall Finn Hulain, Unsee’s psychiatrist Dr. Redmond Fall, Alex Nevus, Liam, and Charlie – among others – to stop her.
I admit that I have a hard time enjoying this in its entirety. First, there are TOO many characters’ points of view. I think everybody that is important has their own chapter to tell, and for me that’s distracting. I have never been a fan of that kind of storytelling. I prefer the story to focus on one or two main characters.
Also, there’s a ‘slight’ injection of romance between Finn and Redmond – but the timeline of them acknowledging their love towards one another is so fast, it feels ridiculous to me. It’s like instant love on caffeine.
BUT it gives a pretty good closure to the series. I enjoyed reading about what drives Queen May’s anger, the whole ‘myth’ about the Hound, and the ending is quite impactful. So I might not have been completely entertained but it was not a failed read either.
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*