I've been impatiently waiting for this title since it was announced by Chizine Publications (the little press that could...these guys rock).
More and more I'm liking these novella length works. You can go a little crazier, do a little more -- without worrying about the weight of the thing collapsing under the length of a novel.
Kaufmann is an outstanding writer. Sparse yet effective descriptions that instantly crystallize the setting. Great uses of threads and flashbacks. Since it's a novella, there really is only one narrative stream -- but his use of flashbacks and dream sequences makes it feel much larger than it is.
The main character Georgia is a real anti-hero -- running from her destiny, she hits rock bottom, gets hooked, then takes up the task of defeating the Dragon...all the while trying to figure out where to score her next hit.
Exploding cars, shotguns, undead, dragons, drug addicts, gangs...it moves relentlessly, giving us enough of a breather to sprinkle the back story of not only how Georgia came to be a Dragonslayer, but a drug addict.
If I had to label one negative (and it was a small thing) it was the climax. I don't want to give away whether poor Georgia succeeds -- but let's say it didn't quite hit the right note for me. It was close, but I would've liked it slightly different (it felt inevitable...so when it didn't happen the way I had anticipated, it didn't feel quite right). That wouldn't be enough, however, to knock it from a five-star review.
Author of 'Women of the Apocalypse'
Women of the Apocalypse