Rune Leveau has a lot on her mind. Still mourning the death of her Aunt Maddie, she has to find a way to keep their bar running and keep the mortgage paid. So when a corporate spy offers to pay her to use her talent to locate someone it should be a relief. There’s only one problem. The person he wants her to find is the woman she used to be.
The Finder of the Lucky Devil is a mash-up, containing traditional fantasy elements such as trolls, fairies and magic, set against an almost cyberpunk-ish near-future environment where people can be technologically enhanced and corporations own the majority of society. The mix actually works very well, often creating an interesting clash between the use of magic and the use of technology. Elsewhere, the world has been well thought out, the internal logic easy to grasp but still having areas ripe for exploration.
As the main character, Rune is easy to empathise with. The prologue sets the stage and makes it easy to understand why she is unwilling to draw too much attention to herself. As the book progresses, and she learns more about her talent and potential future, she grows into her own, reconciling aspects of her personality that she had hidden, even from herself.
St. Benedict, the agent looking to hire Rune, is more elusive. Little of his background is explored until late in the book and even then there are several questions left unanswered. Possibly those will come up again in the second volume.
For the most part, I enjoyed the book. There were some moments when I felt I was losing track of who was who with the minor characters and I found parts of the finale confusing but these didn’t invalidate enjoyment. I will certainly pick up a copy of the second book.