The Small Matter of the Death Cult of Katahdin (The Shabby Realm Book 1) by Lennox Brown

The Shabby Realm

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

If you are looking for a new fantasy series, you might want to take a closer look at The Shabby Realm by Lennox Brown. The first book, The Small Matter of the Death Cult of Katahdin transports the readers to mystical realms in British style.

This story kicks off with an unemployed PI vampire, Winston, who finally secures a job. While taking pictures of a teapot might seem pretty basic, the situation quickly degenerates and the teapot turns out to be far more precious than he thought. He also reunites with his ex wife, Maggie, who is (only) a level 2 witch. These two have an interesting and entertaining dynamic, but my favorite character was still their friend, the exotic Timir. Together they will discover the secret of the teapot and venture into mysterious lands where danger and romance awaits them. With the help of magical creatures they will overcome numerous obstacles on their journey of discovery and mostly self-discovery.

Lennox Brown built his characters embedded with human flaws, which makes them all the more endearing. None of them reached their full potential yet, so there is a lot of room left for growth, and you can watch them evolve chapter by chapter. The most important thing here is that they are humans first and then vampires or witches.

This book has it all: vampires, witches, princesses, bureaucrats, unemployment, and the list goes on and on. Lennox tried to anchor his mythological creatures in our reality, and so there are a lot of real life elements and pop culture facts throughout the book. While this plan does sound good, it did not work for me. These two planes of existence simply did not blend, and the book’s reality felt disjointed. It was a bit too much of everything for my taste and the magical realm of Lennox did not take root in my imagination. Although, I must confess that I like frogs, and they were a nice addition to the story, creating some of the funniest and most disturbing scenes. So, watch out for the frogs!

The ending is the perfect beginning for the second book of the series. The three main characters are turning towards a new adventure and also the perspective of romance blossoms on the horizon.

The Small Matter of the Death Cult of Katahdin is a witty and funny book perhaps better fit for the younger audience, but it should still be an enjoyable read for everyone who is looking to escape from reality.

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