In Prodigal Son, readers learned of the existence of Victor Helios’s (formerly known as Dr. Frankenstein) creatures which he has continued to make over the centuries. In City of Night, readers learn the extent to which these many hundreds of creatures have infiltrated every level of society. They look much like you or I, but are incredibly powerful, and in many ways unstoppable. The creature known as Deucalion – the original monster created by Frankenstein – has returned to New Orleans to try and stop them and end Victor’s experiments, along with the help of Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison. Carson and Michael have a growing relationship for each other that aches to stretch beyond the boundaries of professional partners, but they know they have to stop Helios first before they can give into their desires. While Deucalion was programmed to never harm his master, Helios, he infiltrates the complex network, taking down the creatures and freaks, which he has no qualms about doing. City of Night loses the momentum generated by Prodigal Son somewhat with an introduction of many new characters – mostly Helios’s creatures – that can befuddle the reader at times, but nevertheless builds to what will hopefully be an epic climax in the third book of the series, Dead and Alive.
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Originally written on November 23rd, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.