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Royal Street

Royal Street - Suzanne  Johnson The book started slow, but got a bit better once the main character got a bit more power in the form of an elven staff. However, I have a few big problems with this book:

(1) It focuses a lot more on the character interaction and relationships than the actual problems and solutions. For example, the little love triangle...

(2) The MC, Drusilla, is a little...slow? When Gary disappeared and no one could sense him, couldn't she think that he might be in the Beyond? It seems incredibly obvious that he might be there if he hadn't died yet.

(3) Those two points are very characteristic of most female urban fantasy protagonists, and so is this one: unpreparedness. I don't think Drusilla ever practiced with her staff, despite relying on it in two fights.