Title: Dim Sum Asylum
Author: Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 21st 2017
Genre(s): M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
Note: Dim Sum Asylum was originally a short story Rhys Ford had in a Dreamspinner anthology that has been developed into a full length novel.
Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown where dragons and Faerie are real and magic is prevalent, Dim Sum Asylum is told from the first person, single POV of Roku MacCormick, a half-Fae, Senior Inspector of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division.
As far as I remember, much of the original short story is included but has been completely fleshed out – especially the relationship between Roku and his new partner Trent.
I am in love with Greg Tremblay’s narration for Dim Sum Asylum!
I loved the pacing of the story and narration – Tremblay brilliantly conveys the action and whirlwind events that occur keeping the listener engrossed from the first few moments until the very last surprise.
There really isn’t a pause in the breakneck pace of the story, which could have felt too much, but is expertly progressed through the narration. I really feel like this is some of Rhys Ford’s and Greg Tremblay’s best work.
Tremblay does such an awesome job with character voices, timing, emotion…it’s all so well done I know this will make its way into my auto-rotation for relistening.
All the loose ends are neatly tied up in the end but there is definitely enough to warrant more stories featuring Roku set in this world.
I for one hope Rhys Ford turns this into a new series and that Greg narrates it!