About time I got around to Five Ghosts. It’s been sitting there for a while and I just saw the new volume come out last week or so.
The premise is fantastic. It’s a guy possessed by five ghosts who he can channel to use their special skill sets or abilities to help him go around Relic Hunter style, stealing relics from dangerous places and selling them.1 Just don’t think too hard about the vampire part and the set up is great.
It fell apart for me with the writing. I never felt like I got a good foundation of just who Fabian Grey was or what any of his motivations were. Sure, he’s doing it to find a way to help his comatose sister2 but I have no idea who he is or if that’s the only reason. He sleeps with women, he’s cursed, he sleeps a lot, but he seems bland as an actual person.
There’s also the plotting. Things kept happening. This would be great if they lead into one another, but I don’t think they actually did. He succumbed to his curse at plot convenient moments, got out of it at convenient moments and then something else would happen that wasn’t prompted by any previous actions.
It might be a case of being dropped into the middle of the story and not being able to see the connection between events because the camera is pulled in too close, but I have no idea at this point. I’m not invested enough in the characters to care about the random woman getting bombed somewhere else or the fainting sexy priestess. I just don’t care enough about Fabian to find out how any of this stuff links together or what’s going on.
Guess I’m skipping on that second book.