Fantasy, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Urban fantasy

[Urban Fantasy] It Was Epic And This Review Has Too Many GIFs The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer

The Long Way Down was recommended time and again by my Goodreads friends, but I was like… No, detectives… Murder… No… But then one of them said the magic words: PC Grant series. And that, my friends, always opens to door. So I took their word on it, and tried my luck with The Long Way Down. No regrets, baby. No regrets.

Daniel Faust is your typical failed-at-life private eye with a touch of the supernatural. One random job to tide him over… And he’s knee deep in a plot involving demon abductors, soul harvesters and whatnot. Sounds like a pretty typical urban fantasy setting? And maybe it is. But this was one solid urban fantasy, and I know I’ll be carrying on with this series. So what about instead of telling you what happens I give you a short summary of what I found hilarious and/or epic about the plot?

To start, this is roughly how you can sum it all up:

5 hours to the apocalypse:

3 hours to the apocalypse:

1 hour to the apocalypse:

But let’s get to why I actually want you to read The Long Way Down!!

The Main Character

Daniel is such a wonderful character to read about. Just the right combination of shabby and smart, witty and careless, on the edge of criminal and vigilante, yet with a strong moral compass, Daniel is the kind of daring risktaker that is as far remote from me as can be. Which made him and incredibly interesting character to read about. If you’re a mostly introverted bookworm like me who prefers their sofa to actually going out, this is the best way to have an an adventure (no, that didn’t sound desperate at all.)

(No, you try finding a good GIF.)

OMG, Caitlin! (Semi-lead Female)

Like a good emancipated woman, I always scoff at those long-legged pretty and sexy, even badass female characters who make us all (normal women, I mean) look bad in the eye of society (and its wildest dreams). But why then can I not resist Caitlin? Gosh. There is just SOMETHING about a demoness sheriff who manages to kick ass, rightly so, be brave and sexy and powerful – and unapologetic – that makes me just fall in love with a character like that. So let her have those long legs. She’s cool.

…It’s A Classic, Well Written Urban Fantasy

Need I say more? Rogue mages, criminals, secret rituals, some demons?? It’s by the book. IT’S PERFECT. Please give me more.

Possible Triggers

Need I say this is very, very adult content? And not just in terms of gore? So don’t expect fluffy unicorns. But in a good way, of course!

Other Books You Might Like

Well, I already mentioned the PC Grant novels at the start of this review – so for those who liked them, read The Long Way Down! And vice versa. These are some of my favorite books, and they’re really amusing – they’re really good when you need something full of action and a little chuckle to go with it. If you want to buy these, the handy links at the bottom are affiliate links which support the blog!

Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1)   Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2)   Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3)   Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4)   Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant #5)

You can buy The Long Way Down here at Book Depository and buying using this link supports the blog.

Have you read any really good urban fantasies lately? And have you read the PC Grant series, or The Long Way Down?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

40 thoughts on “[Urban Fantasy] It Was Epic And This Review Has Too Many GIFs The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer

    1. Yeah, I think they might have changed the name when they were releasing in America.. I still don’t really get why it’s Rivers, because yeah sure the Rivers were important characters, but… it wasn’t about them, was it xD but yeah, it’s a great series 🙂

  1. Oh, i love the PC Grant series!!
    This one seems like a good one as well 🙂

    I also love the Dresden Files. It’s so funny! And private eye-i 😀

    1. Yay, I found another fan! Yep, I’m sure you’d like this series then too 🙂 it’s different for sure, but in a good way, and really close enough in style. And I’ll have to check out the Dresden Files 🙂

  2. The book sounds good. It is amazing how, even when the concept crosses genres, the character of the dark private detective, can be the source of some really good fiction. Count downs to the apocalypse are also very cool 🙂
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    1. Hahah, you got that right 🙂 by the way, I am always weirded out that I like urban fantasies – it just doesn’t seem a genre in keeping with the rest of what I read! But I just like them so much, they’re so much fun xD although it might be because I haven’t read too many and it’s just been really really good ones that I’m reading 🙂

  3. I love your reviews, and the GIF’s are the best. Helps me visualise how you were feeling when you read them and I definitely would love to read this book, we all need that adventure in our lives, that only requires us moving our eyes and making the rst of our body feel like we are actually in combat or action mode lol.

    1. Thank you, Lara 🙂 I’m glad you like them, and especially the GIFs, I’m always proud of my GIF choices 😀 heheheh. I hope you do get to read this one! It was a great ride 🙂

  4. I’m not a big fan of urban fantasy, so I don’t know if I’d pick this one up. I do really like your description of Daniel, though! Private eyes are too often written similarly to one another and kind of unlikable too. He sounds like a nice deviation from the norm! Great review Evelina, I’m happy this one was a success 🙂
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    1. I’m a little weirded out that I love urban fantasy myself 🙂 it’s not something I thought I’d ever be reading, cause I don’t really enjoy paranormal at all… but it all started with a good book 🙂
      And yeah! A good, non-traditional character is sometimes all it takes 🙂

  5. I wouldn’t have picked this one up on my own, but by golly, you’ve convinced me to give it a try. The gifs absolutely have me giggling with glee! (lol) Hugs…RO

  6. This looks so good! I love urban fantasies, especially when the main characters are as wonderful as you say they are. Great review!

    1. I know right! And she was so epic OMG OMG. And actually, I also never used to pick up adult urban fantasies until like two years ago, when a book accidentally made it into my hands during World Book Night. And since then I’ve been something of a fan 🙂 this one’s definitely a good one to try, even if what’s convincing you is that one of the epic characters has your name 😀

  7. How on earth do you find such WONDERFUL gifs?! I’m so jealous. The 5-3-1 hours to the apocalypse gifs are on POINT. I adore you.

    This series sounds right up my alley with one exception: The gore. Is it graphic? Well described? Will it tweak my very sensitive gag reflex? Because I’ve read books which have made me puke. I kid you not. I can also pass if this means I can read Rivers of London. You keep raving about this book and I just want to read it! Is there series done yet?! What do I read next?! Why is this paragraph such a random collection of questions and excitement?!

    Miss you.
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    1. I take HOURS to look for my GIFs xD that’s probably how I find them 😀 the word would be ‘painstakingly’ 😀

      And I am glad you liked this review 😀

      The gore is pretty graphic, but you’ll be fine since you don’t see pictures in your head, do you 😀 it didn’t bother me too much. It was… strong. But I just somehow skipped it. But it *is* pretty triggering. But YES, Rivers of London is your first preference here 😀

      And I don’t know if this series is done yet, but it’s quite long, I think!

  8. I’m intrigued by this one. I’m not always eager to read scifi and fantasy reads by men because women can be written badly (you know what I’m talking about, not all writers write women equally) but this one sounds like it’s pretty damn enjoyable. I will have to check this one out. I think it sounds funny and my kind of book.
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    1. Urban fantasy isn’t really fantasy though xD well, it is, but… it’s different, so very different. The women were alright in this one! And one of them was really kickass 🙂 it was definitely a very fun read 🙂 I hope you get to read it 🙂

    1. Yeah, I have only read three urban fantasy series myself! So I don’t feel like I’m a frequent reader of those. But the series I read I really did enjoy 🙂 so you could say I am picky about my urban fantasies, which is always a good thing when it comes to reading, I think 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the review!

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