Note: I received a free copy of this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.
I’ve read and reviewed the two previous installments in the Warlock Holmes series (you can find those reviews here and here), but if you’re unfamiliar, think Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, except Watson is the actual brains behind the team, and Holmes is filled with demons and connected to the world of hellfire and brimstone–without a lot of what Watson sees as common sense. Each section of the book is inspired by one of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries, with an added supernatural twist.
This book might have been the best of the series so far! It is hilarious–it made me laugh out loud several times–and I especially loved the section narrated by Holmes rather than Watson. The relationship between Holmes and Watson is sweet and fun, even if the two don’t always see eye to eye. As always, there is a lingering sense of doom (as Watson’s narration is set at some point after the actual events of the book), which never seems to make the story any less fun.
The only thing I disliked about this book was the presence of Irene Adler, whom I hate in any Sherlock Holmes context. Of course, Watson falls madly in love with her, despite Holmes’s warnings, which turns out badly for everyone. Still, if you enjoyed the first two books of this series (or if you think you would like a Sherlock Holmes world in which the supernatural always plays a part), this book is hilarious and just plain fun.
Note: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
The game’s afoot once more as Holmes and Watson face off against Moriarty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a disappointing butler demon, a succubus, a wicked lord, an overly-Canadian lord, a tricycle-fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell hound, one assumes. (Summary via Goodreads.com)
The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles is the second installment in the Warlock Holmes series, and I was excited to get my hands on it. The book opens where the last book left off–with Warlock Holmes in a deathlike state and Watson doing his best to revive him. Once the pair are back in action, they face a variety of paranormal and demonic enemies, using only Watson’s logic and Holmes’s magic. I’m not familiar enough with the Sherlock Holmes canon to remember if each of the stories in this book are based on those original stories, but certainly the title story (which takes up about half the book) is.
This book is really funny, but it’s darker than the first. It’s amusing to watch Watson as he uses deductive thinking and logic to solve problems, while Holmes uses whatever magical means–however ridiculous–are available to achieve the results he wants. But eventually Warlock Holmes has to confront his past and the fact that his magic may be tearing apart the world he lives in.
Packed with hilarious characters, paranormal events, and callbacks to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, this book is a great choice if you’re into paranormal retellings of the classics.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.
Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.
Reimagining six stories, this riotous mash-up is a glorious new take on the ever-popular Sherlock Holmes myth, featuring the vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade, the ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson, and Dr. Watson, the true detective at 221b.” (Summary via Goodreads.com)
Warlock Holmes is a funny paranormal adaptation of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. And when I say funny, I mean I actually laughed out loud on several occasions.
Fans of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as those who enjoy tv and movie adaptations like BBC’s Sherlock, will enjoy this retelling. It takes the original stories and gives them that paranormal twist. The characters themselves contribute to this, as familiar characters like Holmes and Lestrade are rewritten as warlocks or vampires. But despite the Victorian setting and the paranormal twist, there are references to the modern day also which will make readers laugh.
If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan (and don’t mind a little twisting of your favorite stories), you’ll definitely enjoy this book. Check it out!