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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Wounded Ones is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy genre and was penned by G. D. Penman. The latest instalment in the Witch of Empire series, this highly engaging story follows the exploits of Iona ‘Sully’ Sullivan, who can take demonic forces and psychopathic killers in her stride. Set during the height of the American War of Independence in a fictional world in which the British retained control until the modern day, Sully investigates disappearing colonists amidst crop circles and rumors of a legendary monster. Sully is supported in her dangerous adventures around the world by an undead girlfriend and a demon crow who thinks she’s neat. What results is a very entertaining and atmospheric alternative history fantasy novel.
Author G. D. Penman has created a truly unique fantasy novel which also encompasses all of the charms of a secret agent mystery adventure. I love the fact that it is suitable and accessible for all ages thanks to the complex character development that has been worked into the creation of the highly endearing Sully. Penman clearly has a talent for the selection of place and time, and the scenes of the novel flow beautifully to create a varied and exciting alternative history adventure. As such, the world-building is solid and highly engaging, with several intelligent nods to true history along the way. Overall, I would highly recommend The Wounded Ones to fans of the first novel in the series, and I would certainly recommend the author as a superbly creative fantasy writer.