Saturday, February 13, 2010
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up Procession of the Dead by D.B. Shan. As I mentioned when I featured it for Teaser Tuesday, it was pretty different from any other book that I have read in recent times.
It was good in it's own right but at first did not seem like the kind of book that I would be attracted to and I was pretty slow to get into it. However, there is an excellent vein of mystery that runs consistently through the book which kept me invested enough to want to see it through to the end. These mysteries were cleverly woven into the narrative and revealed at a pace that kept me invested and I honestly do not think that I could have been satisfied to set this book down without knowing all of the answers.
I liked the lead character, Capac, and he was accompanied by some other rather interesting sorts, especially Conchita and Paucar Wami and, of course, unravelling the mystery of The Cardinal himself.
Dark, gritty, and set in a modern gangster environment, Procession of the Dead is subtle when it comes to the fantasy and science fiction elements so an interest in gang and crime fiction along with a love for solving mysteries might help someone to get into this book better. I for one have never been much one for crime fiction but I found the mysteries in this compelling. I have not yet decided if I will read the next book in The City series, Hell's Horizon, or not. It is a maybe for after I have worked through my already large enough to-read pile.