Thicker Than Water: Best Felix Castor novel to date

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsurban fantasy book reviews Mike Carey Felix Castor 4. Thicker Than WaterThicker Than Water by Mike Carey

The fourth Felix Castor novel starts out with a bang: the liberation of Rafi from the Charles Stanger Care Facility under the nose of Jenna-Jane Mulbridge, told in a clever departure from Felix’s usual first-person narrative.

From there, Thicker Than Water follows the same formula as the other Castor novels — a tangled supernatural mystery comprised of seemingly unrelated parts — but with some significant differences.

For one, the case is personal this time, revolving around an old childhood acquaintance who was brutally attacked with razors and Castor’s name written in blood.

Also involved somehow are Felix’s brother Matt, the Anthemata, a zombie who is following Castor, stigmatas, and a haunted housing district. Throw in great roles played by regulars Juliet, Nicky, Rafi/Asmodeus, Coldwood and Sergeant Basquiat as well as a couple of new faces; some compelling childhood flashbacks that shed further light on Felix and his strained relationship with Matt; and the series’ most jaw-dropping twists and revelations yet, including one hell of a cliffhanger; and Thicker Than Water has all the ingredients for being the best Felix Castor novel to date.

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