Artful by Peter David
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Artful is the second Amazons First Reads books I tackled on my recent vacation. It's also published by 47North, Amazon's Sci-Fi imprint.
This tale picks up after the end of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist and features Jack Dawkins, otherwise known as the Artful Dodger. He's pulled into the world of vampires when he happens upon a young women on a street corner who's arguing with a lady of the night. The young woman is obviously out of place, he befriends her and takes her in off the street. This story features Mr. Fang and Fagin from the Twist novel and gives us a look a vampire power grab that threatens England's royal line. We briefly see Oliver Twist, if only momentarily.
It was a quick read, something I was able to knock out in a couple of hours. It had some action, pesky vampires, and that dirty old London feel to it. It was one of the better Amazon First Read books I've read. To be honest, I wouldn't have paid for it from store be it digital or otherwise, but it sure is hard to pass up free.
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