Review: Titan’s Day by Dan Stout

Titan's Day by Dan Stout

Synopsis and Details:

The second book in the acclaimed Carter Archives noir fantasy series returns to the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.

The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to “stabilize the situation”.

Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders’ true motives hidden behind nativist slogans. And in an alley, a gruesome discovery: the mutilated body of a young woman, a recent immigrant so little-regarded that not even her lovers bothered to learn her name. But in death, she’s found a champion.

Detective Carter single-mindedly pursues the killer as he navigates political pressures and resists becoming a pawn in the struggles tipping the city toward anarchy. But when more innocent lives are lost and time runs short, he’s forced to decide if justice is worth sparking all-out war in the streets during the biggest celebration of the year: Titan’s Day.

Series: The Carter Archives #2  |  Genres: Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction  |  Release Date: April 07, 2020  |  Publisher: DAW Books  | Pages: 432  |  ISBN: 978-0756414894  |  ASIN: B07VF1Y4MF  |  Format: ARC |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Titan’s Day is the second book in The Carter Archives series and I have to say that not only do I love this world but the storytelling is amazing! It gives this story a gritty police procedural vibe but in an urban fantasy noir setting and I absolutely love it! After an accidental mining strike, in the prequel, Titanshade, revealed an unexpected source of riches long since thought to be extinct, Carter and his partner Ajax had become quite the headliners. Something which didn’t sit well with the higher-ups. After six weeks of being chained to a desk, Carter and Ajax were finally getting a low-level case to work. What no one expected was that the hunt for the truth would require turning over a lot of rocks causing secrets to come to light that the rich and powerful would prefer did not. It was going to take all the grit and gumption Carter possessed to bring about justice for his victim, even if it meant that he would possibly die trying.

What a political powder keg Titan’s Day was! After the rediscovery of the century, there was a great push for control of the city and Carter was caught up in the middle of all the political machinations. Though the pacing was slower and it had less action than the prequel, this story still delivered a solid mystery that has many layers to it and a cast of characters that were all interesting and memorable. What truly drove this story, though, was Carter and his unrelenting and unapologetic hunt for the truth. He truly looks out for those who are on the harder side of things and makes no pretenses otherwise. Luckily for him, he was partnered with Ajax and Ajax has his own moral code that was pretty much in line with Carter’s. I loved them together and the dialogue between these characters was both entertaining and comical. Overall, Titan’s Day was a fine piece of detective work and I am very excited to continue in this series!

*Thank you to DAW & NetGalley for this eARC of Titan’s Day*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Dan Stout

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes noir with a twist of magic and a disco chaser. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan’s stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. He is the author of The Carter Archives, a series of noir fantasy novels from DAW Books.

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