One foot in the Fade by Luke Arnold- book review

Great urban fantasy. Read my review of One Foot in The Fade by Luke Arnold, in the Fetch Phillips Series.

Genre: Urban Fantsay

Series: Fetch Phillips Achives ( read my series review here)

Source: My own

In a city that lost its magic, an angel falls in a downtown street. His wings are feathered, whole—undeniably magical—the man clearly flew, because he left one hell of a mess when he plummeted into the sidewalk.
But what sent him up? What brought him down? And will the answers help Fetch bring the magic back for good?
Working alongside necromancers, genies, and shadowy secret societies, through the wildest forests and dingiest dive bars, this case will leave its mark on Fetch’s body, his soul, and the fate of the world.


The Fetch Phillips series is one of my favourite urban fantasy series- Fetch is not just a human in a society full of magical creatures who can’t use their magic or be magical -Fetch is one of the reasons why the magic has gone. But he is trying to bring magic back one bumbling step at a time and he hopes helping a genie with one foot in the fade can actually do it this time.

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Series review- Fetch Phillips

Type :  Urban Fantasy

Author :Luke Arnold

Books ( in order)

Last smile in Sunder City ( review here)

Dead Man in a Ditch (review here)

Overriding story arch of series

Six years ago in Archetellos, humans caused the Coda an event leading to magic dying and as a result the world has changed with magical creatures struggling to survive in this new world. Fetch Phillips, a human private detective is trying to survive in Sunder City along with all the other non-humans in a post Coda world. But Fetch has a guilty secret- he caused the Coda.

Main Character

Fetch Phillips is cynical ,decrepit ,shambles of a man with a grudging sense of humour trying to redeem himself with limited success. The book is written in the first person, so we have an intimate of view of his thoughts. He is a likeable character and there were a few times I laughed at some of Fetch descriptions of events. The author Luke Arnold played Long John Silver, in the amazing Black Sails ,so I can’t help imagining Fetch looking a bit like a  pirate down on his luck.


There is a love story of sorts but you know straight off these are two lovers who won’t be walking into the sunset.

Any Cliff-hangers

None. Each book’s individual story  is resolved by the end of the book.

Perfect for:

Fans of the Rivers of London ( Ben Aaronovitch) and Dresden files (Jim Butcher) .

Would I read the whole series?

Yes. There are only two books so far but  I’m looking forward to the next book.


Five stars

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