#PaintYourDragon by Tom Holt Mini Spoiler-Free Review
Sculptress Bianca is tasked with creating a statues to take pride of place in Birmingham's Centenary Square (Set in 1999). When the 2 subjects, George and the Dragon, independently vanish and reappear, Bianca somehow finds herself in a age old dispute and some good old fashioned gambling rigging.
In a version of our universe where time is bought and sold, demons go on coach trips, haunted word processors take over souls and where famous statues seem to come seemingly at to life, are all apparently commonplace events, Tom Holt does a fine job of creating a witty tale weaving between different and well described characters almost seamlessly. Things do get a little confusing about 2 thirds of the way through, but if you soldier on it all comes together eventually in a nice, rounded, albeit unusual conclusion.
I like Tom Holt's style of writing - it's relaxed, and using the actual location of Birmingham I was able to picture a lot of the scenes especially vividly. It is funny throughout, and feels like watching a cross between Harry Potter and the sitcom Spaced.
It's not my favourite Tom Holt but it's definitely worth a go, and can be picked up dirt cheap. Go for it!