James Stark spent 11 years killing monsters in Lucifer's arena for the entertainment of fallen angels, but now he's back in seedy, magic-riddled L.A., trying to avenge his girlfriend's murder and hunt down Mason Faim, the black magician responsible for getting him sent downtown. He meets with some initial success, beheading second-rate magician Kasabian (whose head becomes Stark's smart-mouthed sidekick), but he can't find Faim. Instead he encounters Homeland Security agents, a near-psychotic angel and some odd nonhuman, nonangelic beings called the kissi. Darkly atmospheric settings, such as a posh gentlemen's club where angels are tortured in an attempt to bring about Armageddon, bring this violent fantasy into sharp, compelling focus.
Sandman Slim is a great urban fantasy. It was filled with adrenaline pumping action, memorable characters, and I personally can’t wait for a potential sequel. That said this book is not for everyone, it has incredibly graphic violence and is filled with profanity. To fix this I would keep it away from younger children and those sensitive to violence, but for everyone else I would say it’s a great read.
Published: July 21, 2009