Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Book Review: Imperium by Nicholas Olivo

Vincent Corinthos leads a triple life. As a secret agent, he handles paranormal threats; as a god, he protects his followers from evil forces; as a stock clerk, he keeps the back room of an antique store tidy.

When one of his fellow agents goes missing, Vincent begins with the usual suspects. His investigation reveals that Boston’s latest supernatural threat is also waging war on his followers, and has diabolic intentions for the city’s paranormal citizens.

Now, with the aid of a new partner and a gremlin, Vincent must locate the missing agent, defend his followers and learn the identity of his adversaries before they can revive a malevolent force that’s been dormant since World War II.

My Review: 
The cover doesn't greatly inspire me but the story inside is really good and well worth looking at.

In Boston, Vincent is a part time clerk in a book store and a secret agent with magical powers. In another realm he is a God, where he keeps his people safe from disaster and their prayers replenish his magic. When a fellow agent goes missing while investigating missing supernaturals, Vincent's team-including a tech genius gremlin and an eager newbie with lots of gadgets set out to rescue the missing. But with his powers diminishing and his followers under constant attack, Vincent may not have the power to even save himself.

I loved the characters! Vincent is a smart and funny guy who is the ideal MC. He has powers but they are limited and need constant recharging-and of course his power runs out when he needs it the most. I love the way he needs his followers in the other realm to chant prayers for him to help replenish the powers-this was totally different from anything I've read in the genre. Vincent loves his followers and will do anything to save and protect them, while he juggles taking care of new partner Megan. She is new to the team and is enthusiastic and funny, working well with Vincent without any dumb romance getting in the way. We also have Vincent's girlfriend Petra who is made of stone and is quite sweet in a dumb kind of way, and Gearstripper the gremlin who is like a technology junkie version of Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter. I love Gearstripper-he is totally adorable and scenes involving him are entertaining!

There are also great cameo characters who pop up from time to time like Orcus the God of Oaths. As Vincent is a God, every rash promise he makes is logged in a book by Orcus, and if Vincent breaks the promise, the punishment is imprisonment in Tartarus. Orcus is a very funny guy that Vincent never likes to see! Vincent starts losing the plot when another promise is made and the grinning Orcus shows up again! I also enjoyed the scenes where Vincent interacts with or visits his followers in the other realm. They are a great bunch of people who will do anything for Vincent, however dangerous it is to them. There are also encounters with the Grim Reaper and the Four Horsemen to enjoy.

There is a lot of action in the book as Vincent has to deal with incidents in two different realms, a complex investigation into the missing, and constant attacks by the bad guys. There is nothing dull or boring in this book, with the added humour and interesting interaction between the characters, who are all nicely developed. I really enjoyed the entire adventure. There were fights, magic, evil experiments, attempted rescues, monsters of all kinds, realms and portals, mythology, and a Nazi storyline featuring the Gremlins activity during World War 2. That was an added bonus that was great for the plot. This plot was so different from any I've read in the genre and it was a lot of fun to read. I really like the imagination that the author has and the way everything was tied together nicely.

Having stumbled onto this book by accident, I was really happy with how good it turned out to be. I might even raise the rating on it once I get the chance to reread it. I have the next book in the series and I am certainly looking forward to seeing what happens next. I hope there is a lot more of Gearstripper to come!

Recommended for fans of urban fantasy and fantasy.

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  1. Maybe there's something to this thing. Seems like the books with really great covers are often lacking in what's in between them. Maybe we need to look for more books with uninspiring covers. Great review and glad you finally hit one you like.

    1. I'm thinking that as well. The UF books I've read this week have gorgeous covers but I've been less excited by the story. I read this earlier this year I think so I still have some old reviews to plough through before I catch up!