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Titan Song by Dan Stout
Series: Carter Archives #3
Published by Ace on April 6, 2021
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
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Forbidden magic, murder... and disco. Carter's day keeps getting worse.
With the return of spring, new life floods into Titanshade. The sun climbs higher and stays longer, the economy is ascendant, and ever more newcomers arrive to be part of the city's rebirth. Even pop culture has taken notice, with a high-profile concert only days away. When a band member's murder threatens to delay the show, the diva star performer demands that the famous Detective Carter work the case. But Carter has secrets of his own, and his investigation unearths more victims and dark secrets, triggering a spiral of deceit, paranoia, and nightmarish magical transformations.
As conspiracies are exposed, Carter is sucked even deeper into the machinations of the rich, the powerful, and the venerated. Soon the very foundations of the city threaten to collapse and Carter's own freedom is on the line as he navigates between old enemies and fragile new alliances while racing to learn the true cause of this horrific series of deaths.
I have been really enjoying the Carter Archives series, which is a science fiction with police cases. I would read these in order to give the proper world-building and character development. Carter like all good UF heroes is gathering his misfit allies. We see some known characters like Gellica and Paulus, Bryyh, Guyer, and Talena. We meet a few new ones like Vandie Cedrow and a new DO named Harris.
Carter and his partner, Ajax, are working well together. They have had some high profile cases. It makes it a little harder to fly under the radar to investigate some things, and they get recognized more often. It’s great to see their trust with each other. Carter has some “magic” issues and keeps it pretty close.
There are a lot of fascinating aspects to the world-building. The world has magic from the manna, and seven peoples. We know the humans, the Mollenkampi, the Gillmyn, and now Barekusu. The political power is in flux with the new manna. We learn much more about the way heat is generated and distributed in this ice world.
Carter and Ajax get requested on a new case outside of Titanshade because of a music star. There seems to be some connection to the new manna. More cases occur and Carter has to wonder if some of it is connected to his new issues. There are also some unnatural natural disasters. Cater and Ajax work to sort through the powerful for motives while trying to prevent further death or disaster.
I loved this fast-paced puzzler! I enjoyed learning more about the world and seeing the changes with its characters. But most of all, I love Carter for his brilliant understanding to solve cases, and irritate most people.
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