Technomancer by BV Larson
When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash?
After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: he is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural—which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute. It seems he is one of a special breed, a person with unusual powers. He’s also the prime suspect in a string of murders linked by a series of seemingly mundane objects. The deeper he digs and the harder he works to clear his name, the more Quentin realizes that some truths are better off staying buried…
This is a new twist on what feels like a familiar detective urban fantasy story. The main character, Quentin Draith, can’t recall anything about who he is or anything about his past. He only has vague (but accurate) intuitions that help keep him alive in harrowing situation. The fantasy in the story actually takes a turn into science fiction in a wild, complex plot that was fast-paced and full of adventure.
For anyone who has seen the Syfy miniseries The Lost Room (2006), the artifacts/objects in this story will be very familiar. But these objects aren’t as central to the plot as in The Lost Room. This is a promising new series that urban fantasy fans will enjoy. With plenty of humor, suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance – Technomancer was a surprisingly fresh and fun read.