& others. Saga: S. & S. (Bookburners, Bk. 1). Jan. 2017. 800p. ISBN 9781481485579. $34.99; pap. ISBN 9781481485562. $21.99. FANTASY
Det. Sal Brooks is always there to bail her brother out of trouble. This time he has been dabbling in dangerously magical books and is possessed by a demon. Luckily, a team of experts from the Catholic Church are there to help Sal contain the book and the evil spirit. She then agrees to join them, traveling the world to track down supernatural texts and store them in a Vatican archive where they can do no further harm. Originally released as an online series by digital publisher Serial Box, this first episodic novel is a collaborative work by four authors: Gladstone (Four Roads Crossed), Margaret Dunlap (TV's Eureka and The Middleman), Mur Lafferty (Six Wakes), and Brian Michael Slattery (Liberation). Gladstone is credited as the creator of the project: think The X-Files with its combination of large arc and monster-of-the-week stories. The next "season" of stories is already in progress for this high-octane urban fantasy.
VERDICT Each cast member of the Bookburner crew gets a moment to shine, as does every contributor, offering a different take on the individual characters and their plights. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/16.]
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