The Emperor's Opal
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The Emperor's Opal

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Vampires are dying So who cares? Had it been six months earlier, Preston Black certainly wouldn't have. He wouldn't have believed they were alive to start with. Had he not met Tamantha McKinley in a bar in The Village and had his life turned upside down, he would have continued believing that vampires, along with ghouls, fairies, pixies and trolls, were just creatures of f...more
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Published November 11th 2011 (first published 2008)
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Mary Findley
I even love the name, Preston Black. How can a non-magical advertising executive bring harmony to the world of vampires, Wizards and other magical creatures? With a good dark beer and a gifted and lovely young Wizard tucked under his arm Preston shows how far a little sarcasm and a lot of savvy can take a man. Preston's fine qualities take him first into the proprietorship of a magical emporium discreetly posing as a pawn shop in Hell's Kitchen. Next Preston sets out to find a magical opal on a...more
Christine Cunningham
The Emperor’s Opal is equal parts Tomb Raider, The Mummy, Cheers, and Lord of the Rings. Preston’s life is the poster child for a quiet, dull and normal life of desperation. That is until he meets Tammy McKinley at his favorite bar. You see; Tammy is a wizard, in training at least. Step by step, Preston loosens his grip on his preconceived notion of reality and becomes the sole provider of magic necessities to the other world creatures. A magic wholesaler if you will. The strangeness of his stor...more
Laurie
This thoroughly enjoyable book captured my imagination almost immediately. Once I started reading I just did not want to stop until the story was finished. I loved the tone and the sort of snarky attitude. The voice was an almost perfect blend of naïve wonderment and suave detachment. If you do not believe those two attitudes can co-exist, then you really need to read this book.

This story successfully capitalizes on an oft over-looked merchandising aspect – that of purveying all sorts of magica...more
Gloria Antypowich


Once again, I probably would not have thought this was "my kind of book" but I have a personal affection for opals. They are not my birth stone, but I am very drawn to them and my husband has given me a ring which I have worn constantly for over 35 years. My penchant for these beautiful stones, along with the richness displayed on the cover drew me to this book like a magnet!

Preston Black lives in Greenwich village. He is a smart, hip, slightly irreverent young man who paid his way through colle...more
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