The second in the "Nightside" series, in which private eye John Taylor is commissioned to search for the "Unholy Grail" - the cup from which Judas drank at the Last Supper. EVERYONE in the Nightside is after this prize, which promises to confer unimaginable power - and will do ANYTHING to get it. The comedy and horror here are even darker than in the first one - but there are also odd moments of poignance.
Sarah L. (Dawa) reviewed Agents of Light and Darkness (Nightside, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 2
I thought this book was an okay urban fantasy. It's definitely in the same realm as Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. However, this one was more gritty with a less sympathetic character. I know that some people prefer the anti-hero kind of book, but I have a harder time with them. This was an enjoyable read, and I hope those that read it have fun with it.
The second in the series takes you a step deeper. It still has all of the frivolities and unexplained oddities that either endeared someone to it in the first book, or made them put it down without finishing. Do not go into this with any expectations, Let the story trickle out, picking up speed as it goes along. It is not a book that is going to confuse you, or leave you trying to work out twists and turns so complex you almost want to write them down to get them straight. It's straight-forward, simple, and nearly impossible to read in more than five sittings.
The character is tough, and you are privy to all of his questions, doubts, thoughts, and concerns. It's also a interesting to see whom his very name will either terrify or taunt.
A bit transparent, this second one, but I found it did not deter me from finishing it. Indeed, it was the action, the way they reached the resolution, that drove me on. I'm sure if you're considering getting the second one, I don't need to tell you that already. You already know what makes this a crisp, quick, and great read, and if you don't, I suggest you start with the first one. It's a great introduction, and this is a simple, and great, follow-up. I'm sure I'll enjoy the next one, as well!
The 2nd in the Nightside series featuring P.I. John Taylor. John has an ability to find things, but using this ability opens him up to attacks from his enemies, so he uses it sparingly. This is why he was hired to find the Unholy grail. The cup that Judas drank from at the last supper. He's not the only one looking for it, though. Both Heaven and Hell want to find it first, not to mention other players in the Nightside who want its power.
The book is fast, and well written, and very hard to put down once you start.
Unlike the first Nightside book, this volume takes place soley in The Nightside and I preferred that, especially since the author didn't have to reference the location as often as in the first story. I like the main character John Taylor, his strengths and weaknesses, and the no-nonsense intelligent way he deals with others. Author Simon Green weaves his story well, creating many interesting characters and settings and impelling the reader to continue turning page after page to discover successive clues until the final satisfying resolution.
I'm John Taylor. I work in the Nightside--the gaudy, neon noir secret heart of London, where it's always three in the morning, where gods and monsters make deals and seek pleasures they won't find anywhere else.
I have a gift for finding things, and sometimes what I'm hired to locate can be very, very dangerous. Right now, for example, I'm searching for the Unholy Grail, the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. It corrupts all who touch it, but it also gives enormous power, so I'm not the only one hunting it. Angels, devils, sinners and saints--they're all out there, tearing apart the Nightside, seeking the dark goblet. And it's only a matter of time until they realize that the famous John Taylor, the man with the gift for finding things, can lead them straight to it. . .