BIRDS OF PREY
Aspen Mountain Press
Rating: 4 Cups
Greyvan is the Sheriff of Walk’s End, and a human with lycanthropy. He and his small force are charged with keeping the peace in a very diverse community.
Veda is the Sergeant of the Walk’s End Watch. As a female elf, it is very unusual for her to hold such a position, let alone be as skilled at it as Veda.
When an unknown person attempts to murder the Queen by poison, the Sheriff of Walk’s End and his staff will use every means in their power to find the culprit. In a world peopled by humans, elves, dwarves, witches, and other beings, that person will be very difficult to find.
This tale is a pretty good mystery wrapped up in a fantasy package. Greyvan is a very thorough policeman and focused on finding the would-be murderer. Though attracted to the high priestess, he is totally committed to his job. Veda is also a dedicated officer, though her culture frowns upon a woman being in her position. The other constables are pretty much comic relief in this interesting mystery. Prejudice is apparently common in this world as well as our own and someone is trying to make a scapegoat of the dwarves. I found it odd that the humans, who have the shortest life span and are the weakest physically, rule all the rest, but the Queen Arene character is very regal. It is not easy to figure out who wants her dead. The author gives the reader all the clues necessary to solve the mystery, but does not make it easy. The plot flows smoothly making it a very easy read. The characters are vivid and the dialogue easy to follow. Branyr the Fumbly is my favorite character and not for her name alone.
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