I picked up Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore after reading Kevin Hearne's glowing review on Goodreads, so I figured I was in for a good read. It was everything Hearne assessed it to be and then some. This was the best new gritty, adventurous urban fantasy series I've read in ages.Eric Carter is a necromancer. Not like the bad guys in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. In Blackmoore's world, a necromancer is a mage with a knack for working with the dead and their realm - it is up to the mage whether s/he uses this power for good or evil. Carter returns home after many years to investigate his sister's death, opening a huge can of worms with his mere presence. The world building is fascinating, the pace is machine-gun fast and the grittiness is believable without being mundane. My one criticism was a bit of predictability in the plot, but those were minor plot points that still left me thrilled with the novel.Dead Things reminded me, in its pace and tone, a bit of Jane Yellowrock - and that's a huge plus for me. I'm also glad to see a new male protagonist in the urban fantasy world who is neither a copy of an existing hero nor a dull antihero. I look forward to reading more in the series.Read this review and more on The Library Lass Book Talk Blog.