Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lightfingers by Hari Patience

From Goodreads:
When a High Lord tells you to do something, you do it. Even if it’s finding one missing human in a city of 8 million people, not all of which are as human as they seem. Talk about a needle in a haystack.

Leni Lightfingers isn’t your typical fairy. She works as a human statue, doesn't have wings, and would rather drink beer than sip flower syrup. She’s barely 5 feet tall, her magicks don’t work on sound and, oh yeah, she got kicked out of Fayre ten years ago, and swore never to go back.

So why is she High Lord Apdeth’s first choice for tracking down a missing human girl? She doesn't have a clue, but if she doesn’t find out who (or what) took the girl, the High Lord will have her head. And it won’t be staying attached to her body for long.

My Take:
I started this book quite a while ago. It's one that I backed on Kickstarter because the idea sounded interesting. Generally I don't pick up a lot of faerie books, but this one had a modern twist to it.

It took a while for me to settle into the world. Set in London, Leni moves back and forth from the human realm to things with a faerie twist. For the first 50% of the book it was easy to put down and walk away. I read a couple other books in the interim. I've tried to figure out why that was. Here's what I came up with:

  • typos--random words that were left behind from edits
  • some repetition
  • too much time spent letting us get to know the characters
  • too much time building the world instead of just dumping me into it. I didn't need everything explained.
  • I'm not a big fan of books where the character talks to me the reader

However, the little things that bugged me were not enough to make me give up. The story and mystery were there. I needed to know how things would play out. Half way through the story picked up with forward momentum. More action, intrigue. I started to see what was at stake. Plus I was fascinated by the whole idea of stories and belief having power to become reality.

In the end it was a solid read. I give it a 3.75 because of the slow start. 

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


  1. It does sound like an interesting story and the cover is beautiful.

  2. I like your review scale and your honesty. I recently read a book and I have to write a review and I'm struggling because I don't want to be hurtful, but I really didn't love the book either. I think it had a slow start and WAY too much dialogue saying the same things over and over. But it's for a review tour, sooo I'm still trying to decide how I'll review/rate it. *sigh*

    1. Reviewing is hard, but I've decided honest is best. If I can't give at least 3 stars along with something nice to say, I won't review it.

      The last week I've had to post notes for two books that I didn't give a rating because I didn't finish. I tried to be positive where possible. For example, the writing was top notch and the ideas were amazing for both books. The only reason I didn't finish and rate was because of language. So I stated that.

      Hopefully it will still be helpful for the authors. I'm still sad I couldn't read one of them, but language is big for me. I don't want to walk away from a book with those words in my head. They will eventually slip out of my mouth!

  3. When my inner editor checks in while I'm reading for pleasure, I downgrade the book, too. It's great for us writers to diagnose what's wrong, but it's a letdown for pleasure reading.