Claw & Warder Episode 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
237 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2020
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Seduction: Claw and Warder Episode 1 by Erik Henry Vick is an urban fantasy set in the seedy streets of New York City. What the common mundane humans fail to understand is that beneath their veneer of civilization lurks an entirely separate and self-governing community, that of the world of magic and the supernatural. Leery Oriscoe is a New York Jewish cop, a shapeshifter, who works the homicide beat of the supernatural police force of New York. Their rules of operation, engagement and justice are not terribly dissimilar to those of their mundane compatriots; however, they are daily dealing with demons, ghosts, fae, fetches, succubi and so much more. Leery has just been assigned a new, gorgeous rookie partner who not only seems to be much more than she appears to be on the surface but also has their ghost Lieutenant on her case from day one. Their first case together is what appears to be an open and shut murder case of a young Irish tourist in Richmond Park, sucked dry by a succubus. But when the case begins to blow wide open, the pair realizes they are dealing with something much more dramatic and worrying and will have a battle on their hands to ensure justice is served.

This type of urban fantasy is not normally my type of book, but it is important to try new genres from time to time, as I absolutely loved this story. The idea that there are two simultaneous types of society working side-by-side was a fascinating premise. This is the beginning of a series featuring these characters and I look forward to seeing how they develop as characters and especially how the relationship of Leery and his new partner grows. The characters are fully overdrawn, as is the nature in this genre, and author Erik Henry Vick has done a fantastic job of giving them real and recognizable emotions and foibles that endear them to the reader, despite their magical beings. Even the title, Seduction: Claw and Warder Episode 1, is a clever play on the clearly recognizable settings of Law and Order. The writing style is flowing and easy to read. I would have preferred a slightly longer story but as the first glimpse of these characters, this setting, and the plotlines, I am impressed and awaiting Episode 2. If urban fantasy is your thing, this is a book you must read but even if it’s not, this is a book you should read. I did and I’m glad of it – an excellent read.

Lit Amri

A body was found in a bush in Riverside Park and Det. Leery Oriscoe-a werewolf from the Supernatural Inquisition Squad-is assigned to the case. He also gets a new partner; Detective Dru Nogan, a half-vampire, half-succubus Warder to watch Oriscoe's back with her wizardry skill. Despite Oriscoe’s manic wolf side and Nogan’s small chip on her shoulder, their partnership seems to go well under the supervision of their moody ghost boss, Lieutenant Epatha Van Helsing. That is until things go sideways. Seduction is the first installment of Erik Henry Vick's Claw & Warder, a supernatural version of the popular Law & Order TV series.

Werewolves, vampires, succubuses, a dead Van Helsing, clairvoyants and more - the 'other world' is swarming with their own problems to keep their side under control in New York. I’m no stranger to Erik Henry Vick’s universe as I’m a fan of The Bloodletter Saga. Vick’s intriguing, ghoulish, fast-paced plot and solid characterization are as entertaining as I expected. I enjoyed the way Oriscoe and Dru interact with each other and the mutual respect between the two. There are ample thrills, chills, and fun to satisfy readers' appetites. The dialogue and prose generate the entertaining moments and the degree of tension best suited to launch the next twist in the storyline. In this case, Dru's family background is quite a twist. Seduction is a great start for the Claw & Warder series; yet more proof of Erik Henry Vick’s storytelling expertise in the supernatural world.

Liz Konkel

Claw and Warder: Seduction by Erik Henry Vick is the first episode in an exciting new series. Leery Oriscoe takes on a new murder case where he meets his new partner Dru. She takes on the duties of a Warder, providing her wizardry skill to balance out his duty as a Claw which means he provides the muscle. To the outside world, their unit is simply known as the Special Investigations Squad and is known for taking on cases that are deemed unsolvable or weird. Their special unit goes far beyond what any normal person would dare dream exists. The Supernatural Investigations Squad does investigate weird cases, only these cases are caused by supernatural culprits. To Leery’s surprise, his new partner is a half succubus, which makes her the perfect detective to solve the murder of a college student which upon immediate appearance is caused by a succubus.

Erik Henry Vick twists the typical police procedural by flipping everything with a magical examiner and a Supernatural Investigations Squad. The world has several elements that make a crime story work with a snarky detective and an intriguing case which Vick uses to blend these supernatural aspects into a suspenseful and at times humorous mystery. The inclusion of supernatural beings such as werewolves, vampires, and succubi gives the mystery the feeling that, literally, anything is possible. The case revolves around a succubus which allows you to see inside the part of the supernatural world that is half of where Dru comes from. This helps to know more about the character and to see the situation a little from her eyes. The two share a fun back and forth that is coupled with quick-witted dialogue and fun banter. Claw and Warder is a fun kick-off to a crazy, humorous, and murder-filled supernatural procedural series that crime lovers will enjoy.