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Recommended by oh all sorts of people over quite a long span of time.

This is the first of an urban fantasy trilogy set in Moscow, and I would honestly probably have enjoyed it solely for the Moscow-ness, as I have been to Russia but not to Moscow and was therefore contrasting it against some memories of St. Petersburg. However, it's also a perfectly competent, mildly dark urban fantasy with a specific kind of shell-game complexity to the plotting that I find predictable once I've sussed it but still like looking at.

There are vampires and werewolves and competing factions of Light and Dark and moral ambiguity and all that. I don't think there are any elements here I haven't seen in other urban fantasy, excepting Moscow. But it's well done, so it's interesting again, at least mostly (the protagonist is just a smidge angstier than I entirely appreciate). If this is your genre, this is really up at the top of it, and if it isn't your genre (and it isn't mine) it's good enough to be getting on with. I'll read the others. I just don't have much to say about this other than competent, fun, readable, quickly passing.

... I haven't seen the movie, but I am having difficulty imagining a film managing to keep any of the complexity of the plotting and character motivations. In fact, I'm having difficulty imagining a film being any good whatsoever. Has anyone seen it? How was it?


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