Book Review – Corruption by Kim Fielding

Bureau #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 37
Characters: Tenrael/Charles
POV: 3rd
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, Series

Once a proud demon of the night sky who carried nightmares to humans, Tenrael has spent decades in captivity as the star attraction of a traveling carnival. He exists in miserable servitude to men who plunk down ten dollars to fulfill their dark desires.

Charles Grimes is half human, half… something else. For fifteen years he’s worked for the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs, ridding the country of dangerous monsters. When his boss sends him to Kansas to chase a rumor about a captive demon, Charles figures it’s just another assignment. Until he meets Tenrael.

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This packs a lot of story into not many pages. The world building is interesting, detailed, and a mix of paranormal and historical. I’m very happy this is the first of a series about the Bureau, an organization that investigates the paranormal. This story has a noir feel, with its atmosphere and setting, which hooked me in right from the beginning. The descriptions are very visual, and I had a clear picture in my head of what I was reading. The time period isn’t stated but it felt very 1920s/30s.

I loved the characters, and the contrast between them. Tenrael’s resignation to his position came across very clearly, and I felt sorry for him. Sometimes the monsters are the humans. I also loved the connection between Tenrael and Charles and how they complemented each other.

The set up for the story is fabulous, and the world building and characters left me wanting more.

I’d recommend Corruption to readers who enjoy short stories with detailed world building, deep characterization, and a story that sucks you in from the first page. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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