Review of Uncanny Collateral (Valkyrie Collection #1) by Brian McClellan

Updated: Jul 6, 2019


Yea, so I read the ARC and this is a honest review as always.


So, Urban fantasy from Brian McClellan; when I saw his tweet, I was ‘gimme’! Now that I have read it, I feel a bit unsatisfied.


On the one hand, the story is fine and the writing is excellent. On the other, it is pretty obvious that there is still a long way to go before we can actually start enjoying this series. The characters and world building need more depth before the series can start approaching something like a Dresden Files. I would have given this book 4 stars instead of 3, if there were a little bit more oomph to the story.


The pacing is excellent and this (along with the short book length) ensured that I finished the book in a single sitting. This makes the book excellent commute/travel material. The characters are interesting but, like I mentioned before, we will need more books before we can truly start to appreciate them. In terms of feel and general main character vibe, think of this as a cross between Harry Dresden and Sandman Slim.


In conclusion, Uncanny Collateral is a good first book, the series shows a lot of potential and I will be waiting to read the next book in the series.


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