"Once Upon a Time" in
Actually its more "Lost Girl" in Wellington, since the urban
fantasy elements here are the fairy folk of Maori mythology. They even have their own
café! Id been wondering when somebody was going to write an urban fantasy based
around our very own mythical creatures and here it is. And its a whole lot of fun.
Wise-cracking main characters, one of whom is quite plainly off his
rocker, and a keen sense of humour help a lot, as does the setting, firmly in the
Wellington we know quite well (Im no expert, Aucklander that I am). There are cracks
some characters actions that simply did not make sense, in the context
of what they could know at that point. The phrase "non sequitor" comes to mind.
But I can ignore that in the rollicking pleasure of imagining taniwha and patupaiarehe in
the context of modern day Aotearoa.
A couple of urban sprites made me wonder if Wigmore has come across the
"Shadowrun" role-playing game. The people were interesting, too
Maui, lets not forget him, up to his tricks again. On balance, this book makes an
excellent start to what will, no doubt, be an illustrious writing career, and I look
forward to seeing what Summer does next.