The Year of the Knife - G.D. Penman

#BlogTour: The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman @GDPenman @MeerkatPress @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Year of the Knife blog tour. I’ve reviewed this novel and there is also a giveaway for you to enter as well. You can follow the tour by heading over to Xpresso Blog Tours.


Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-

Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.

G.D. Penman’s imaginative The Year of the Knife is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy mystery with an engaging set of characters, most notably Agent Sully of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation.

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The Year of the Knife puts Sully, an Agent at the Imperial Bureau of Investigation (IBI) at the centre of a story involving magic, a world which is unrecognisable to our eyes with the British Empire ruling strong, Europe a quivering wreck over run with demons and strange and unusual murders happening at an increasing frequency.

I will admit to struggling with this book initially, it took me a while to get used to Penman’s style of writing and to get comfortable with the story. That said, once I settled into the story I was hooked and Sully is a fantastic character. Her witty repertoire had me chuckling my way through some tense moments and her confident approach to her sexuality was refreshing.

Skilled at magic, and investigating crimes Sully leads the investigation into The Year of the Knife crimes and I could never in a million years have guessed where this was going to lead, it was cleverly orchestrated so that only at the last minute does it surprise you with the outcome.

There are some wonderful battle scenes, with magic vs hand to hand combat. Vampires vs Demons vs Humans making a true mix up of the supernatural in a world that is not so different from ours yet completely different.

I am truly glad I pursued this and didn’t give up near the beginning when I was struggling a little, the effort paid off and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Sully through to the end of this fantastic urban fantasy.

Sending huge thanks to G.D. Penman, Meerkat Press and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.


About G.D. Penman

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G D Penman writes Speculative Fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. If you have ever read a story with Kaiju and queer people, it was probably one of his. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video and tabletop games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continue his quest to eat the flesh of every living species.



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TitleThe Year of the Knife
Series: N/A
Author: G.D. Penman
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy | Magic | Mystery
Publisher: Meerkat Press
Publication Date: 28 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 236
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