Review: Titan Song by Dan Stout

Titan Song by Dan Stout

Synopsis and Details:

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

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. 

Series: The Carter Archives #3  |  Genres: Police Procedural, Science Fiction, Fantasy  |  Release Date: April 06, 2021  |  Publisher:  DAW |  Length: 384 pages  |  ISBN: 978-0756417468  |  ASIN: B08FH88668  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was so thrilled to get a copy of Titan Song in to my hands, you have no idea. I adore reading this series because not only is it a police procedural, which I love, but it also has fantasy and science fiction elements all blended together. It is just fascinating to imagine the different alien species and humans all living and working together in the world that the Author has created. I will tell you, though, that if you have not read this series yet, that you should start from book one, Titanshade. At this point, there is a complexity between the characters, the overarching plot, and a religion that has been slowly gaining importance that jumping in now, well, the significance of what Carter is dealing with may be lost to you.

Things have always been tough for Carter when it comes to personal relationships. In Titan Song things are pretty much status quo for him, initially, but when a series of murders with questionable motives start, it places Carter in a position where he will have to trust others with truths that could spell the end of not only his career but his very freedom. Despite the risks, Carter’s sense of justice will not let him ignore that what is taking place in Titanshade goes deeper than just crooked politicians and the appearance of next gen manna laced drugs. Something is stirring beneath the simmering unrest and Carter will need all the help that he can get if he is going to have a chance at keeping those he cares about safe. Titan Song was a thrilling story that left no doubt in my mind that what is coming next in this series is going to be EPIC! 

*Thank you to DAW & NetGalley for this eARC of Titan Song*

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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.


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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