Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Last Smile in Sunder City (The Fetch Phillips Archives #1) by Luke Arnold – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  6 February 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Orbit

Source:  Hachette Australia



A former soldier turned PI tries to help the fantasy creatures whose lives he ruined in a world that’s lost its magic in a compelling debut fantasy by Black Sails actor Luke Arnold. Welcome to Sunder City. The magic is gone but the monsters remain.I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:1. Sobriety costs extra.2. My services are confidential.3. I don’t work for humans. It’s nothing personal–I’m human myself. But after what happened, to the magic, it’s not the humans who need my help. Walk the streets of Sunder City and meet Fetch, his magical clients, and a darkly imagined world perfect for readers of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.





Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of The Last Smile in Sunder City in exchange for an honest review!


The Last Smile in Sunder City was such an unexpected new favourite!  Fetch Phillips is not the most competent PI, nor can he seem to stay sober for more than a few minutes.  In a world where magic has disappeared (and taken everything magical from all the creatures in Sunder City), Fetch lives among vampires without fangs, werewolves who were stuck mid transformation, Elves who are ageing, witches who have lost their powers and more. When he is hired to help find a missing vampire, the case becomes much more than a straightforward missing person job.

A brilliant book that blends magical realism and urban crime seamlessly, The Last Smile in Sunder City had me hooked from the very beginning.  Fetch is the type of anti-hero that should be completely unlikable – which is my favourite type of character.  He’s cynical, sarcastic and you can almost feel his eye-rolling through the pages, but underneath he’s passionate and committed to helping the monsters of his city.

The world building in this book was phenomenal. I swear I was walking through the streets of Sunder City right next to Fetch the whole time.  I am so incredibly happy that this was not a standalone and will be part of a series, because I need more Fetch in my life!

I’d highly recommend this one to anyone who loves dark urban fantasy or authors like Terry Pratchett!





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