Hey everyone! I recently read Hell’s Teeth and it’s sequel Crescent Moon by our very own James Fahy – and I loved them! They’re not the kind of book I would normally read but I like to try darker stories around Halloween; based on the ratings I’ve been giving to books this month, I’m thinking maybe I should read this genre more often! So many great reads so far.
Before I tell you my thoughts, let’s take a look at the blurb for Hell’s Teeth:-
A third of the human population has been lost.
The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.
In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.
But society had become fractured – humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.
The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.
Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to change…
When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.
And all that is left behind: her teeth.
Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someone’s prey herself…
But she is not alone – on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before it’s too late…
Intrigued?! I was! Read on to find out what I thought…
This is the first book I’ve read by James Fahy and I really enjoyed it! The quality of the writing is excellent and Fahy’s wit shines through on every page; Phoebe’s character in particular is fabulously sassy and I love her. In fact, every character is brilliantly realised, even those who only play a minor role in the events of the plot.
Despite the story opening in a world where a lot has already happened, it was never confusing. I was worried there might be giant info dumps to fill in the gaps but this wasn’t the case; I always felt like I knew exactly what was going on. I also really liked all the science-y stuff; it felt very well-researched and I liked that Fahy didn’t dumb things down and patronise his readers.
The world-building in Hell’s Teeth is fantastic. I could picture New Oxford so clearly and loved the author’s descriptions of how the post-apocalyptic city came into being (though it did hurt a little to see the Angel of the North moved down south!) Even though I have only visited Oxford once before, it was great to recognise places I had been and I thought that Fahy had captured the vibe of the city perfectly.
Another thing I really liked about this book was the minimal romance! I’m all for a bit of flirting (which the author included in abundance) but it’s always refreshing when a story doesn’t revolve around two characters making moon-eyes at each other.
The only thing I found slightly off-putting was the highly gory nature of some scenes (I just don’t enjoy reading about blood and guts!) However, other than that, this was a great read and I had to pick up the sequel immediately! (Keep reading to hear what I thought of that – no spoilers, I promise!)
If it’s possible, I may have enjoyed this even more than the first instalment! I loved the development of characters introduced in Hell’s Teeth as well as the new introductions. The whole book had a definite Underworld vibe to it and I particularly liked getting to hear more from the Tribals.
Fahy raises relevant social issues such as xenophobia, all while keeping up the humour we expect from him. Sarcasm abounds in this book and it made me so happy to see it done right. The references to both classic literature and pop culture were also super fun and had me giggling many times.
The tension was really ramped up in this book and so many scenes had my heart literally racing. The library scene in particular was really scary and SO well-written. As well as the superb horror writing, Fahy introduced more ‘saucy’ moments in this book and they too were extremely well done. I still liked that there was no soppy romance as I think that would have detracted from the story – but once again, the flirting was top notch and added a great element to the book.
There were a couple of frustrating typos/inconsistencies (the main one that got to me was when Marlin Scott would sometimes be called Marlon) but these were superficial things and had no impact on my enjoyment of the story. This is another great read from Fahy and I’m looking forward to the third book coming out!
Well, there you have it! Two great reads, perfect for this time of year. I can’t wait for Pale Children to see what Phoebe gets up to next!
Has anyone else read these? What did you think? Or have you read Fahy’s other series? I’ll be picking that up soon!