Aug 22

Review: The Thirteenth Pillar by J.L. O’Faolain

Title: The Thirteenth Pillar
Author: J.L. O’Faolain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Section Thirteen Case Files, #2
Publication Date: November 28th 2011
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Paranormal/Fantasty, Romance, Adult 18+
Length: 270 pages

Provided by: Net Galley
Buy: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Tuulois MacColewyn’s simple life performing dirty jobs for fey hiding in New York City has died a quick death. Consulting for the NYPD on a case involving child abductions, losing a friend, laying siege to a stronghold at the end of Broadway, and being chased through a hospital by animated scarecrows combined to make last month hell. This month is shaping up to be much worse.

Yet, it’s not all bad. Cole has a new place to live, a steady-paying job working for the NYPD, and the heart of Inspector Joss Vallimun, head of Section Thirteen and, incidentally, Cole’s new boss.

Section Thirteen is understaffed and overworked, trying to solve every supernatural crime in New York, including a series of grisly child murders and evidence that local fey are being enslaved. When Vallimun is gravely injured just as the investigation reaches a fever pitch while a snowstorm blankets the city, Cole will need all the help he can get to have any hope of salvaging this month at all.

The Thirteenth Pillar picks up right where The Thirteenth Child ended, yea! To say that I love Cole and his rag-tag band of misfit detectives is an understatement. Cole, a sidhe warrior, and Joss, his human lover and boss, work together to solve a series of murders. Corhagen, another detective and Cole’s seriously repressed – so in the closet he’s probably lost forever – ex, is also part of Section 13. Sadly, he spends too much time making snide comments to and about Cole and Joss, and not enough on finding himself. (Let’s just say that there is a shower scene where Cole is summoned. . . bad timing for Cole and Joss, but Corhagen kinda deserved what he ‘got’.)

A series of child murders, along with a teacher’s, leads them to a private school which in turn, leads to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a group that would love to enslave or wipe out the fey races. From there things get really complicated and hot.

Just as they think they’re closing in on the ‘bad guy’ a blizzard arrives, the Order visits, and relationships are strained. Some of the cast from book 1 return (Mal the ghost sorcerer that now controls the realm Cole lives in), Cole’s double-headed sword and twin guns (no pointing out they aren’t people) and the members of Section Thirteen . . . But we also meet some new and wonderful beings – pixies, a trow, a tree dryad that Cole sings for, fey wolves, and more.

J.L writes with such a rich brush that even though you know they aren’t real and that these atrocities didn’t happen, the characters still feel so real you can’t help but pray for their safety and hope that things work out as they should.

There is so much more I could mention. The characters are fun, the plot powerful, the sex HOT – oh yes, the sex is HOT 😉 The third book was just released last month and that’s what’s next on my TBR pile (I moved it to the top thanks to this one leaving me desperate for more!)

J.L. O’Faolain was born the youngest, with four older sisters, in the backwoods of the Deep South. Those that have braved getting to know him have attributed this to being the root of his growing insanity. A teased bibliophile in his youth, O’Faolain spent his years prior to getting published as a cook, laundry man, delivery boy, grease monkey, and retail stocker. He has a plethora of skills and abilities, none of which would work well on a job application. In his spare time, O’Faolain enjoys weightlifting, philosophy, deconstruction, reading, writing, porn, and the Internet in general. Aside from becoming a successfully published author, he would very much like to pilot a giant robot while Two-Mix’s “Rhythm Emotion” is playing in the background. Either that, or travel the world in a dirigible. In short, the g
eneral consensus by all, including himself, is that he is a mighty strange fellow.

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1 comment

    • Maria D. on August 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good review -this book sounds like it has a little bit of everything..will have to add this series to my list. I love when a book catches your attention so much you need to get the next one and start it right away….

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