Bookburners Episode four : A Sorcerer's Apprentice

A Sorcerer's Apprentice by Mur Lafferty, Bookburners #4

Sal and Asanti leave the rest of the Team in the lurch when they jet off to Scotland to attend the funeral of the archivist’s mentor. Something is amiss in the Dear Green Place, however, as the pair land to discover the entire city has become obsessed with a restaurant (which just happens to be owned by the deceased mentor’s only living relative). They beat the crowds to get a table, only to find the fight has just begun and they left their muscle at home. 

After Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap and Brian Francis Slattery it is up to Mur Lafftery to show her first addition to the Bookburners series with A Sorcerer's Apprentice

Having survived already three deadly encounters Sal finally has the time to do some exploring, which she preferably does in Ashanti's library. Then Sal stumbles upon a crying Ashanti who has just received news that her old mentor, Father Seamus Hunter, has passed and that the funeral is to be held soon. After a lot of talk Sal finds herself with Ashanti in an airplane en route to Glasgow for the funeral of Father Seamus. But something has to be noted. Father Seamus broke some rules when he retired from the Order. He took a book along with him to examine further because on the first appearance it didn't look deadly. This book also has to be recovered. You know the Orb I talked about? That also glowed showing coordinates where Father Seamus lived, thus some extra haste is required. As soon as they land Ashanti and Sal get  a lot of references towards one particular restaurant in town. A restaurant so loves that people would kill for it. The scenes that follow are indeed perhaps not perceived dangerous but over the long course of everything: gluttony is a bad trait to have. 

From all the stories, A Sorcerer's Apprentice is definitely the one that has surprised me the most. The change of scene in the Thistle and Moore was very cool to see especially when to you see the threat and how Team Three handles it. There is something mortally dangerous to it, but Mur Lafftery also adds something humorous to the mix. Great balance between action, background and fun!


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