100 Miles continues, and expounds on, the story of Peter Stone, a black vampire who works at the Qwik and Shop market in downtown New Detroit, a.k.a. Spook Central (did you catch that Ghostbusters reference? If so, this book is for you!) After surviving the chaos of Fangton, Peter finds himself overworked and underpaid as the new bellidix in town (the equivalent of a vampire sheriff). Hoping to land a job with better pay, Peter immediately finds himself embroiled in a tangled murder-mystery that involves a swarm (herd?) of supernatural creatures – zombies, archdemons, dhampyrs, and even werefoxes, as the ancient apocalyptic demon Gog emerges to exact vengeance for the murder of his son.
I very much enjoy every Bright Falls novel I get my hands on. There is something about Phipps’ writing that never takes anything too seriously – including itself—that I find immensely enjoyable. The character of Peter manages to be both archetypal and complex, while delivering lines that seem right out of a Mel Brooks movie. The stakes (including the wooden ones) are real, propelling the plot forward at a breakneck pace. Even more than Fangton, I found this book hard to put down. I binge read the whole novel in two sittings.
The worldbuilding is also done very well throughout. Phipps has cast a wide range of supernatural creatures that actually extend to his other novels, all set within this same universe. The societies of shifters, vampires, and normal folk are all very well thought-out. Phipps has a way of throwing in every type of religious and paranormal creature known to man and mixing them up in unexpected ways that are truly unique. I’d forgotten all about Gog and Magog, and would have never expected either to end up in a vampire-infested city in the Rust Belt.
I highly recommend this series to urban fantasy enthusiasts looking for a light-hearted, entertaining read. I found it a nice break from the dark and epically depressing fantasies I normally wallow in. It was a good way to come up for air! Looking forward to the next Phipps vampire tale. Already groaning over the name!