#Blogtour Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso @LLaaksoWriter @LouiseWalters12 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #FallibleJustice

Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso
Louise Walters Books

In Old London, where paranormal races co-exist with ordinary humans, criminal verdicts delivered by the all-seeing Heralds of Justice are infallible. After a man is declared guilty of murder and sentenced to death, his daughter turns to private investigator Yannia Wilde to do the impossible and prove the Heralds wrong.

Yannia has escaped a restrictive life in the Wild Folk conclave where she was raised, but her origins mark her as an outsider in the city. Those origins lend her the sensory abilities of all of nature. Yet Yannia is lonely and struggling to adapt to life in the city. The case could be the break she needs. She enlists the help of her only friend, a Bird Shaman named Karrion, and together they accept the challenge of proving a guilty man innocent.

So begins a breathless race against time and against all conceivable odds. Can Yannia and Karrion save a man who has been judged infallibly guilty?

My Review

Fallible justice was interesting, a mix of the real and the not so real, a society where magic, and nature clashed. At first you wondered if it would work, if the narrative would feel clunky, the two worlds too separate. You needn’t have worried as we were in capable hands, Laako’s narrative wonderfully descriptive, the real and the fantasy seemlessly intertwined as she wove her story.

Yannia, was an anomaly a country woman in London, conflicted, wracked by a debilitating illness, her power or magic rooted deep in the natural world. I loved her side kick Karrion, gothic, eager to please to proof his worth as her side kick.

Their task to save a man from execution, to prove his innocence, a race against time. Yet the story didn’t feel hurried, instead it was a journey of discovery deep into a world where good and bad vied for the upper hand, the need for power by one man, that launched a series of events with deadly consequences.

I loved the way I was drawn in to the complex plot, the intricate workings of a society that believed in Heralds, their final word so readily accepted. Yannia seemed the only one brave enough to challenge, to question their omnipotence. It brought her in contact with some wonderful characters, Lady Bergamon with her endless, beautiful garden, the Open Hearth, the pub she frequents which footed the novel in normality, tinged with the weird and wonderful.

I admired Laakso’s ability to remain truthful to the traditional crime novel, the twists and turns, the false leads that confused both us and Yannia. The final revelations were a surprise but made perfect sense, that little hint of danger and trepidation, that added tension and drama.

It was her ability to mix in the spells and magic, to make it feel it was meant to be there, not just added in to make the novel different that I found skilful and seamless. You felt she was laying the foundations, introducing us to her characters as she gave a tantalising glimpse into their past and present lives. You could see the beginnings or future relationships, of troubles ahead that made you year for more, to be taken once again into Yannia’s strange and wonderful world.

Infallible Justice has the potential to be a wonderful series and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment

About the author

Laura is a Finn who has spent most of her adulthood in England. Writing and storytelling has always been an integral part of her life, but it was turning thirty that led her to pursue a career in writing seriously. When she is not writing or working in her day job as an accountant, she is training and competing with her two dogs.

Laura’s debut novel Fallible Justice was published in November 2018. It’s the first in the paranormal crime series Wilde Investigations.  The follow up, Echo Murder, was published on 6th June 2019. Laura’s third novel Roots of Corruption will be published in March 2020.

Laura tweets @LLaaksoWriter and her website is here.

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