The Year of the Knife by G. D. Penman

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Author: G. D. Penman
Title:The Year of the Knife
Published: November  28th 20 17 by Meerkat Press
Genre: adult, thriller, urban fantasy
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Received from Expresso Book Tour in exchange for honest review


Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-

Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.

G.D. Penman’s imaginative The Year of the Knife is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy mystery with an engaging set of characters, most notably Agent Sully of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation.


I was hooked after first few paragraphs, this book is soo good. The story starts in the middle of the action. She is called in to investigate weird case - Agent Sully works for IBI, she is magic practitioner and uses her skills to catch bad people. When people all over all murdered in weird way, she will have to use all she got, to solve it. 

She is one my favourite female characters in urban fantasy. Sully is the definition of kick-ass heroin. She is funny and powerful. [ I imagine her going about as female version of Blade or Neo (from Matrix). :) ]

Sully gave her a gentle kiss on the neck, just below her ear and then whispered one of the few words of Spanish that she knew, “No. Not police. Brujah. Witch.” Sully pulled back from the girl, who stood stock still, staring at her with big eyes, now clouded with doubt. With a tiny thunderclap, Sully vanished.

The book is set in kind of alternative world. She lives in New Amsterdam (New York) and the Americas are colonies of British Empire. 

The story is fast paced, there is no dull moments, non stop action and writing is really good. Story grabs you from the first moment and you can't put the book down till the very last pages.

Happy reading,



  1. Great review! This sounds like an action packed, exciting read! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Congratulations on your upcoming release the book sounds really good I wish you many sales.


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