Publishing Date: July 2018
Publisher: C. Noonan
Publisher’s Description: Everyone’s favorite bumbling detective, Barnabas Tew, is back! He’s as confused as ever but is ready to save the world once more…this time from Ragnarok. It seems that someone has set in motion a string of events that will trigger the ending of the world as we know it, unless Barnabas can discover the culprit and foil the plan before it’s too late. Can he make his way through the Nine Worlds of Viking mythology and outwit the dastardly mastermind behind the plan, or is Ragnarok inevitable?
Review: I think this novel tried too hard to be fantastical, glib and humorous. Barnabas as a character is not believable as he is at once discerning, prideful and stupid. The story line is fairly straight forward in construction as it follows the trail of convenience through an illogical Norse world. The nine intertwined worlds have their own unique set of characters and perspectives that lends the novel a fairy tale aspect.
So why did I like this? The movement coupled with the descriptive world building puts you right there next to dumb ass. This visual transportation into another world(s) is a great vehicle for immersing yourself. The supporting characters were built fairly well and were interesting in brief.
The meh’s were too abundant to ignore. Heavy back and forth dialogue that was like an immense wall of shjt to slog through. Coupled with the failed characterization of Barnabas and the contrived English writing style (heavy dialogue and using “whilst” instead of “while”), and the rush to end this novel becomes imminent.