The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Colfer is one of the more inventive writers, and this new series is no different: in lieu of the evil genius Artemis Fowl, we have Riley (a London street urchin), Agent Chevie Savano (FBI... sort of) and evil genius Albert Garrick. Riley and Garrick hail from Victorian era London, Chevie from current-day California. There's time travel, Fagin-esque gangs, interesting uses of illusions and, well, the type of violence we're accustomed to from Eoin Colfer.
The problem for me here was pacing. There were patches with description that dragged down the action, some of the action was rushed, and the last part is obviously slowing down to lead to the next book; none of these were problematic in the Fowl series. In tone, the characters are similar to his previous hero, etc., but are different enough that you don't always feel that you're reading Artemis Fowl: London Calling. Still, I suspect that won't matter to Colfer's fans.
ARC provided by publisher.