Twitter Summary: Cutthroat Kitchen mixed with Dragonlance and Soldier of Fortune.
Amazon Affiliate Links: Envy of Angels: A Sin du Jour Affair, Small Wars: A Tor.Com Original (A Sin du Jour Affair), and Lustlocked: A Sin du Jour Affair
Note: Small Wars is also available for free Here (I bought it anyway).
Matt Wallace has been taking up space in my head since I started his first novella series Slingers. That ****er is too damn good at the cliffhanger, probably something to do with his background in wrestling, and day job working in TV. Or he just wants to make sure you buy the next one. One of those I’m sure.
Envy and Small Wars are self contained stories, but Lustlocked’s ending caused me to string together many expletives. Thankfully the next one, Pride’s Spell, is out in June.
If you’ve watched Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network, you’ll have a good idea of the kind of humor in these novels, though it gets a little bit more fantastic than that. Ever wanted to know what an angel tastes like? Or why chicken nuggets are so addictive?
Sin du Jour is the name of a catering company that caters to the fantastical, from elder demons to goblin royalty.But of course, such palates don’t enjoy mortal fare, so in addition to chefs and pastrymakers, the company also has a group of elite warriors as their procuring department.
Fight scenes are incredibly polished, as you’d expect from someone that has taught law enforcement officers and been a law enforcement officer. One story features a mercenary magazine sponsored knife tournament. When I asked him what the chances were that he’d participated in such a thing , his answer was “High”.
This series manages to successfully weave together dark humor, gourmet cuisine, and monster fights. What are you waiting for?
Final Verdict: Thoroughly Enjoyed, have pre-ordered the next book (Pride’s Spell: A Sin du Jour Affair), and Envy of Angels is on my Hugo nominations list.