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Welcome to Ordshaw.
Don’t look down.
Pax is one rent cheque away from the unforgiving streets of Ordshaw. After her stash is stolen, her hunt for the thief unearths a book of nightmares and a string of killers, and she stands to lose much more than her home.
There’s something lurking under her city.
Knowing it’s there could get you killed.
This blend of urban fantasy and contemporary thriller takes you on a journey into the heart of Ordshaw, in the company of such richly imagined characters that you won’t want to leave.
Phil Williams is an author of contemporary fantasy and dystopian fiction, including the Ordshaw urban fantasy thrillers and the post-apocalyptic Estalia series. He also writes reference books to help foreign learners master the nuances of English, two of which are regular best-sellers on Kindle.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Storytellers on Tour and Rumian Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I haven’t read much urban fantasy before but whenever I get a chance to, I find that they can be pretty enjoyable.
Under Ordshaw is about a woman named Pax that is living a hard life in the city of Ordshaw. She – like many of us in the world – lives paycheck to paycheck and one wrong move can send her homeless on the rough streets of Ordshaw. Unfortunately, someone ends up stealing her hard earned stash and she finds out that the city of Ordshaw is even more dangerous than she initially thought. To the point that, now that she knows what’s really lurking under the city streets, she can lose her life at any point.
Welcome to the thunder-dome, am I right? Or more… the fae underground that is probably surrounding us to this day and we just can’t see it.
This was certainly a wild ride for me, and one that I enjoyed while I was in this world. We can see the British humor from our author sprinkled all over this novel, and it definitely made me wish that I was more versed in British humor and colloquialism, but it was still understandable for a newbie like me. Pax had to deal with a lot in this world, and I certainly don’t envy her with all of the turmoil and horror that she was immersed in, but I was rooting for her to make it out in one piece as much as possible.
The fae in this world aren’t your typical fae that you see in the YA world, which works for this adult urban fantasy. They aren’t the kind of fae you want to make angry, or even look at them the wrong way. They will mess you up, and not in the fun way. I liked that a lot about them, even if it meant they were not going to be some of my favorite characters. They were still enjoyable to read, which worked out for me.
This was a great introduction to the Ordshaw series, and if you’re an audiobook fan like me, the audiobook was recently published this year for your listening pleasure. I recommend it.