Review: Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

I had a chance to meet Matt Wallace at WorldCon in Spokane this year. I really enjoy the Ditch Diggers podcast that he and Mur Lafferty put out, so hearing him read upcoming work was a real treat (I also discovered that he is a mean Munchin player, but I digress).

Envy of Angels is the first novela in a series about a private catering company called Sin du Jour, which caters exclusively to supernatural creatures. Two new chefs inadvertently join the ranks of the Sin du Jour staff, and are whisked along for the ride as the company must prepare an unorthodox meal with a highly irregular main ingredient.

Envy of Angels is hilarious. It's irreverent. It's dark and demented and it's awesome. It's a quick read (although, I must confess that I read it much more slowly than I ought to have). Wallace nails perfectly a twisted, dark, yet light-hearted sense of humor. This isn't a heavy book, and unlike so many other dark tales, this one stays fun and fast paced without getting bogged down by gore and violence.

I finished the book and immediately sighed with regret, knowing that it would be a long time before the next one comes out. THEN I remembered, hey this is a novela! It's shorter than other books. What do you know? The next one in the series, Lustlocked, comes out in January. Hooray!

I HIGHLY recommend picking up this novela. This is the second of the Tor.com novelas post-WorldCon, and while incredibly different than Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford (which I reviewed in September), it's still super high quality and worth a read.