Author: Michael J. Parry
Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing
Buy Link: Buy The Spiral Tattoo Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
Law comes in two sizes: six inches and eight feet.
Elanore, the eight-foot tall troll, and Gurt, the six-inch tall (don't you dare call me a fairy) Eleinu, both guardsmen in the city of Delvenport, tackle their most baffling case yet. When they find a dead waitress, naked except for an intricate tattoo in a spiral across her body, they're launched into an adventure in the seedier side of Delvenport, filled with rogue mages, prostitution, and narcotics.
But can they solve the case before madness and riots take over the city?
These two play the mismatched buddy-cops in a fantasy setting, and you can guess how it goes from there. There are slums and drug lords and explosions, all leading the reader on a merry romp to save the world.
Gurt is an unlikely hero, raised in privilege; he became a guard against the will of his family. He makes up for his lack of physical stature by being a mage, and a powerful one at that. Elanore on the other hand comes from a culture where her gender makes her little more than property. While having no magic of her own, she is easily both the brains and brawn of the duo.
As for the story itself, it follows the typical action movie tropes and does them well. There is a murder mystery wrapped up in this, but it is mostly in the background, serving mostly to get the story rolling. It is admittedly under served, and the characters keep too much information to themselves to allow the readers a chance to guess.
Overall, a wonderful story and I highly recommend it.