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?

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3 years ago

There is no such thing as too many gifs! I think the amount is perfect 😀 great review!

3 years ago

I read Rivers of London (although when I read it, it was called Midnight Riot) really liked that one. 🙂

3 years ago

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 😀

Tori @ InToriLex
3 years ago

I do not read urban fantasy anymore because I read a lot of mediocre books in that drama. But this seems like a treat I would miss out on if I stuck to that. Awesome Gif’s btw!

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

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 🙂

3 years ago

I have the first PC Grant book on my wish list of books to read. This one sounds really good too – I want to read more UF.


3 years ago

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.

Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
3 years ago

Wow this sounds good.

3 years ago

Oh, I love urban fantasy and I love PC Grant, of course! I need this book NOW!!

3 years ago

I never did a buddy read – I am a bit terrified, more so because of social anxiety xD but I am not saying no 🙂

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Never too many gifs in your reviews! I’ve not read the series but this sounds like a good urban fantasy.

JJ @ This Dark Material

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 🙂

3 years ago

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

3 years ago

Yet another book to add to my never ending TBR! Great review! I really liked the gifs, they really sold the book to me 🙂

Have a wonderful week, Evelina! I’ll check out the PC Grant novels as well, I adore those covers!

3 years ago

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

Cait @ Paper Fury
3 years ago

Omg this character has MY NAME??? I HAVE NOT READ THAT IN A BOOK BEFORE?? Wildness.I mean this is definitely not the kind of book I generally pick up. BUT. I’m curious and I’m so glad you loved it so much and it sounds like such a wild ride!

Erin Moore
3 years ago

never heard of this series and i’m super intrigued! is there romance?

Jackie B
3 years ago

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… Read more »

Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

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.

Olivia-Savannah Roach
3 years ago

I have to admit that I don’t really read urban fantasy enough and I do want to read more of it! I just don’t know if this is going to be the one for me. I really like the sound of Caitlin as a strong and confident woman! Loved the summary in gifs as well ^.^