Review: Mob Rules by Cameron Haley

Mob Rules

Title: Mob Rules {Underworld Cycle #1}

Author: Cameron Haley

Published: Harlequin Sept 1st 2010


Status: Read from November 30 to December 01, 2010 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:
This was one of the books I had offered to me for review by Harlequin (its published by their imprint Luna) and I thought it sounded interesting so I added it to my pile. It took me longer than I wanted to get to it and I’d deliberately avoiding reading anything about it so really had no idea what to expect. Within the first chapter I was hooked on the characters and world building and couldn’t put it down.

Domino is a little darker than most heroines in this genre, as the lieutenant in what amounts to an organised crime gang,albiet a magical one, she is about defending her crew, her boss and their interests. While her overriding motivation is survival, she is not heartless nor socipathic. She does however kick ass, magically and physically. Domino is a witch, she has a djinn trapped in a television set as a familar, shares her apartment with a Princess Warrior fairy, battles a vampire, falls in love with a changeling and gets help from a werewolf. There’s a creature for everyone really.

The world building is intriguing, the story is set in downtown LA but in essence the territory is carved up into magical gangs that operate independently from the non magical (ordinary) society that are unaware of their existence. The magical community pulls “juice” from the less savoury aspects of social behaviour, as well as ley lines and channels them with tags – a kind of magic grafitti. The explantions for how magic works is clear and well intergrated into the story – I love that Domino channels spirits through Wikipedia. The setting has a real urban, gritty feel which I enjoyed.

In a lot of ways Mob Rules reminds me of Kim Harrisons’ Rachel Morgan series which I also love, but it is fresh and original enough to stand on its own. Mob Rules is fabulous entry into the Urban Fantasgy genre, I can’t wait to read the next one.

@ Goodreads

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelly
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 19:43:09

    Oh, this sounds really original and a greta read, indeed!
    I love me a dark heroine who is not all good! 😛

    Thanks for the review!



  2. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 10:09:15

    I’ve read some of Hurley’s short fiction and quite enjoyed it, so this might be one to check out. 🙂 Thanks for the review!



  3. J9
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 13:04:52

    This sounds like something that I would like to read. I really like books that are dark and edgy. Great review.




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