Review: Shrill Dusk (City of Magic #1) by Helen Harper

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City of Magic #1
Helen Harper
Urban Fantasy
January 4, 2019
Kindle Unlimited


Charley is a cleaner by day and a professional gambler by night. She might be haunted by her tragic past but she's never thought of herself as anything or anyone special. Until, that is, things start to go terribly wrong all across the city of Manchester. Between plagues of rats, firestorms and the gleaming blue eyes of a sexy Scottish werewolf, she might just have landed herself in the middle of a magical apocalypse. She might also be the only person who has the ability to bring order to an utterly chaotic new world.

This is the first book in The City Of Magic series.


Shrill Dusk is book one in the City of Magic by Helen Harper. 

I’m not sure if I missed a book or series before this one; because when we start the story we are following Charley who seems to be a side character – while the main characters are in the back ground fighting to stop the apocalypse. 

I liked Charley to a point. She kept her positivity and faith in the essential goodness of man when everything was going to shit, but she was also incredibly naive. Charley isn’t sure what the heck is happening and rolls with it, but at times I kept rolling my eyes at her; because she wants to help everybody, but you can’t help everybody and it’s all going to come crashing down around her eventually. 

There’s a lot going on in Shrill Dusk. We get a lot of unnecessary info-dumping, self-sacrificial behavior and self-righteousness from the character(s). Theirs a lot of characters introduced and so it was a bit overwhelming. The story is fast-paced and the plot doesn’t fell fully flushed out or cohesive, yet, which left me feeling confused by the end. 

Their might be a possible romance, but it’s an odd set up and really nothing happens in Shrill Dusk. Maybe we will get more in the next book.

Shrill Dusk had good potential, but in the end, it just turned out alright.

Rated: 3 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

3 comments on “Review: Shrill Dusk (City of Magic #1) by Helen Harper

  1. The cover is a lot of fun. Premise sounds good… Maybe? Thanks for the review.

  2. I’ve had a few books from supposedly new series feel like it is following up another. LOL, she sounds a little annoying trying to save everyone, but glad she was likeable and you want to see what comes next.

    • At this time I don’t plan to continue the series. It was just to all over the place and I felt like I was missing a full book or series set up to this series/novel. I will say the cover is cool. Thank’s for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.