cover image Night Owls

Night Owls

Lauren M. Roy. Ace, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-27248-0

Roy’s debut is an entertaining and exciting addition to the urban fantasy field, and if it stumbles here and there (and certainly isn’t anything groundbreaking), it’ll satisfy folks looking for a solid supernatural adventure. Valerie McTeague is a vampire who owns and runs a late-night bookstore, trying to avoid vampire politics. She does fine until she meets Elly, a hunter of “Creeps”–jackal-like were-creatures who devour humans–and discovers that the Creeps might have found a way to increase their numbers to dangerous proportions. Along with Valerie’s human familiar, Chaz, a college student named Justin, and a pair of succubi, the two women find themselves embroiled in a supernatural battle. Roy can spend too much time on plot hooks for sequels, and her characterizations occasionally ring hollow (Chaz’s unflappable aplomb feels particularly egregious), but in general, she delivers a good cast, believable interactions, and some vivid and brutal fight sequences. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Feb.)