Book review | DC Comics Novels - Batman: The Court of Owls by Greg Cox

Author: Greg Cox

Genre: Crime Thriller, Suspense, Adventure

No. of pages: 344

Published by: Titan Books

Published on: 15th March 2019

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★★

The Court of Owls is a criminal secret society that has controlled Gotham city for centuries, led by some of the city’s wealthiest and most influential families. They employ deadly trained assassins known as talons, and in the modern day their activities pit them against Bruce Wayne– Batman. This multi-generational saga reveals the grip the court has maintained throughout the history of Gotham.

This novelization opens with Gotham University's Art History professor, Prof. Herbert Morse being murdered gruesomely by the Talon sent by the century-old secret society, Court of Owls. Prof. Herbert Morse's corpse had been roasted inside out, frying his internal organs first and then the skin. Batman connects this method of murders to the Court of Owls, a secret society being run by the most influential citizens of Gotham City for centuries. 

When a series of such similar murders occur throughout the city, that has happened before and mentioned as 'the burning sickness' in the history of Gotham City, Batman is quick to link these murders with the Court of Owls' past. Especially when a 24 year old art history student, Joanna Lee, goes missing, Batman and the Gotham City Police Department digs deeper into her records to find out that she had been thoroughly researching upon a mysterious death centuries ago. The death of Lydia Doyle, the mistress of Gotham City's founding sculptor and scientist and also a member of the Court, Percy Wright. 

As the century-old tragic story of Percy and Lydia unfolds at one side, on the other side Batman has to save Joanna and the whole of Gotham City from a terrible outbreak that can claim many innocent lives and from the vicious Court of Owls who can do anything to have total control over Gotham. 

This is an absolutely terrific book. It kept me hooked, kept me at the edge of my seat, kept me biting my nails and absolutely frightened me. Not just an action-packed and brilliantly executed plot, but this book has its fair amount of gore as well. 

Every little scene is a surprising element. I was actually afraid of letting any major scene out while I was writing the plotline part, because I don't want to ruin the fun for you. 

The best thing about the book is that despite this being a novelization, the writer has perfectly played out the events from different timeline. The switching to and from the different timelines is unblemished and exactly how Comics are. 

DC fans and readers, this book is for you. A complete package of action, crime, thriller, horror, suspense and gore. 

I have already praised the author's style of executing the book. And I can't stress this enough, but the book is written in such a captivating visually descriptive way that it was a joy to read this book. I was holding on to each and every word. Also the build up and the frustrating points where the readers know what exactly is happening and Batman is still out their scratching his head, is absolutely amazing. The narrative, the delivery, the dialogues, the duels and the emotions beneath each character has been beautifully penned down. I have nothing but respect for the author's writing style. 

I received the book from the marketeers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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