Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford is an ‘glued to your seat~ that just did not happen”great action-packed urban fantasy. What makes it so intriguing and darkly addicting are her labyrinthine character relationships and dynamics built into the story. Some are revealed immediately, some are built up throughout the story as the characters get to know one another and a level of trust is achieved. Then there are the convoluted, messy tapestry of lives that Ford has been surreptitiously weaving throughout Dim Sum Asylum that explodes like narrative grenades at certain points at the story that just leaves you and the characters totally astonished and sometimes shattered. Ah, I love it when that happens!
Roku MacCormick is a tortured soul as he has lost so much. His background and history is dark and pain filled yet he works for order as a police officer in the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division, an unusual division all its own. He’s about to get a new partner under circumstances you will need to read for yourself. Trent is someone who will grow on you as he does on Roku. He is also a reason (well one of them anyway) that I would love for Rhys Ford to write a sequel. I will let you discover the puzzle that is Roku and Trent together. I will say that I love Roku and the character grows, healing a bit by the end of the novel. Together? Roku and Trent start to form something extraordinary.
Roku is half fae/half human in a world that still considers anything fae something that should be “put down” because of the wars and their “insect” strangeness. Yes, these aren’t your usual fae which I adored. Ford has gone to species of insects for Fae Clans, from Mantids to Dragonflies, for her fae and it works beautifully. This universe is so unusual and so appealing in its strangeness that I really need to know more. Especially about the “splices”, those genetically created beings made from fae and human DNA, think parents who wanted kids with wings, or some such nonsense. No not Roku as he will tell anyone that asks, and yes, people ask him all the time. He was made the “normal” way. Rhys Ford has a universe here that cries out for a series as it full of magic and mysteries for ten novels, maybe more (that includes characters too).
Extraordinary world building, Odonata Fae, Mantid Fae, Crime lords, Ford’s magical, messy maze like relationships, love, and characters I can never get enough of…Dim Sum Asylum is all that and so much more. There’s mysteries, hate, love and romance. And now if I can figure out how to bribe this author, I need a sequel because this is so much bigger than just one story. It’s amazing!
And yes, it’s one I highly recommend you pick up and start reading when it’s out in June!
Cover art is wonderful. Works for the story and characters.
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
CharactersRoku MacCormick, Trent Leonard
settingChinatown, San Francisco, California (United States)