Saturday 24 May 2014

Review ~ Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell.

Title: Hot Lead, Cold Iron (Mick Oberon #1).
Author: Ari Marmell.
Publisher: Titan Books.
Genre: Urban Fantasy.
Release Date: May 23, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK

Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat he’s got pointy ears and a he’s packing a wand.

Among the last in a line of aristocratic Fae, Mick turned his back on his kind and their world a long time ago. But when he’s hired to find a gangster’s daughter sixteen years after she was replaced with a changeling, Mick ventures deeper and deeper into a spiralling maze of Fae politics and mob power struggles to track down the girl and her dangerous kidnapper… but will it be who he expects?

Hot Lead, Cold Iron started brilliantly. We’re thrown in at the deep end with some great action and the discovery of Mick Oberon and his not-so-human tendencies. In actual fact, Oberon is Fae living in a human world, avoiding machines which give him headaches and cold iron which burns him. The rest of this novel did not disappoint and made for great entertainment.

Oberon was definitely the star in Hot Lead, Cold Iron. I loved his character. From his wit to his bad moods, his disgust at the not-so-warm milk to his sinister and then his less than sinister attitude, he was a fantastic protagonist. I really enjoyed the way Oberon was narrating this story to us – explaining the things us humans might not understand and responding to the judgments he knows we’re giving to the Fae world. He’s an unforgettable character.

Other highlights for me in this book included the world-building of the Chicago Otherworld upon Oberon’s return to the place he couldn’t wait to leave. The development of the Otherworld was perfect – Marmell provided a brilliant build-up of the supernatural world, one which was complex yet easy to follow and a mesmerising place in the book.

Maybe in my mind I was expecting a more spectacular course of events but I was still very entertained and really impressed with this start to the series. Throughout the books journey to find the missing girl and discover her kidnapper, the creativity and excellent use of 30s language combined with the eccentric personality of Oberon makes this an awesome, fun-filled novel not to be missed.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK

Ari Marmell is the author of role-­‐playing game materials for Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness line, as well as the tie-­‐in novel to the hit video game Darksiders. He also has numerous novels and short stories published through Spectra (Random House), Pyr, Wizards of the Coast, and more. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, George.


  1. This sounds like such a cool read! I love books like this and had never heard of it. I'm definitely going to check it out!

    1. Oh it's so good! Oberon was such a cool character. You'd like it I think.

  2. I can't wait to read this! Sounds delicious.


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