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Fearless (Pax Arcana #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,840 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory -- even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.

Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John C
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Published (first published August 11th 2015)
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It was really funny and I liked it and all but...

Yes, I wanted food from this book! More than that, I wanted a feast! What I got was a bag of chips and some cheap beer. Don't get me wrong, I love chips and beer, I just wanted a bit more.

I expected this book to continue the previous one but it was more of a filler. Don't get me wrong, a damn good filler, but where's the rest! I wanna see what happened to the pack and the knights and the training and the Order and everything! All I got were some
Robin (Bridge Four)
John you are still charming get it cuz his last name is Charming and I like you better than Harry Dresdan or Atticus O’Sullivan your main UF male competition.

Best Parts of this book:

- Gadiator Magical Creature Style

- Valkyrie Girlfriend...even if you are courting and taking it ridiculously slow. I guess that is what happens when you were born in 1937.

- All the Japanese magical creature lore. I am really unfamiliar with that area of lore so it was new and captivating.

- Super sidekick squad. Seri
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

This is the third four star review that I am writing for this series, so Elliott James is definitely consistent, but there comes a point when an extra boost is needed to renew fans’ interest in seeing the protagonist’s story through until the end, and PAX ARCANA has just about reached that fork in the road. I adore John Charming as a character, and the author has my number as far as humour goes; however the plot lines remain somewhat chaotic with secondaries coming and g
Dr susan
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
Hooray!! There's a title, a cover, and a blurb!! More John Charming, please!!

James's books are not a happy romp through a field of daisies full of unnaturally friendly woodland creatures. People get hurt, and people die; sometimes, these things happen because John Charming was not a team player in the past, and he is struggling to be a team player now. The snark continues to be strong in John, but the snark is an obvious coping mechanism. In Fearless, we are introduced to a large number of new s
DNF @55%

I tried, but it took me all month just to get this far. I wanted to give this book a chance since John Charming was back with the people from the first book. I love the characters in this series, but they're not enough to make me want to keep reading. In the first book, I liked it when John was a one kind creature at odds with others, but that's all changed now. He made peace with a lot of things, and it's boring. John and the crew from book 1 were trying to solve a murder mystery. I did

Bare bones: John, Sig and Molly and Choo are in Tatum, NY, answering the call from Tedd Cahill to investigate/handle suspicious death caused by supernatural creature. It turns out, it's only first of several attacks since various dangerous sups are targeting one guy and they seemed to be summoned by powerful sorcerer.

Some of the best series in genre started with hero(ine) who is a loner, but quickly grew into ensemble of characters readers care about just as much as titular characters. Dresden o
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
John Charming may no longer be a knight but he never fails to come riding in on his “white horse” to save the day.

I’m a big fan of the team of Elliot James and Roger Wayne (narrator)!

Roger Wayne IS John Charming. Pax Arcana is another audio only series for me. I believe that if I was to read one of the novels it would be a 3 or 3.5 star book for me. Not a bad thing but Roger’s performance brings the story up a notch for me. His pacing is perfect. His inflection for the characters and delivery fo
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 and I don't know which way to bump. So far all the Charming book have been on the edge of great with a little some thing missing but yet so compelling. This was the same. There is some humor but I wouldn't classify this as humorous. I've seen that on some reviews, I don't get it. So fun yes, humorous no.
So all the characters are back working together but only a few are really present the whole time. Sig is there the whole time and they are taking their budding relationship slowly. We get
Kim Howard
I'm not sure why I put off reading this book. I really enjoy this series. It has a great plot and story line. The characters are the best. Even though the story is narrated by the main character, John Charming, (and sometimes third person narration by the author) the side characters are so entertaining and cover the flaws of our hero. Since John is used to working alone, we learn about and understand the other characters as he does. It makes them all so endearing. The best part of this book and ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Pax Arcana series by Elliott James is one my favorite recent additions to the urban fantasy scene. Fearless, is the third novel in the series and continues the series excellence. One of the things that I find interesting about this series over some other urban fantasies is that its setting is particularly unmoored. John Charming’s past, particularly his having been on the run for so long, means that sense of place that for me is a strong part of the urban fantasy genre is instead refocused o ...more
Steven Naylor
Rating 3.5

I did not like this book as much as the second one. The second one dealt with his Wolf heritage and the Knights. This one did not have much about either groups. This one dealt with the group from the first book. I could see the way the story developed in the first book and how the group came together. I really could not understand why the group came back together for this story. It was not really explained why they were hunting monsters in this book in the first place. In the first boo
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great.

Getting better and better with each novel.

Story was interesting and I honestly have to say Cahill's death surprised me, although he was an ass like always.

I'd be sad if Choo doesn't appear in further novels. Also the way he treated John when he was shot in the head was shitty. Hope he gets over his issues because I like him as part of the team. I like Molly a lot too and especially the ending when she teased John for caring about her.

I hope we see more of Kevin and Sarah in future n
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This series really improves in book 3 and 4. Great worldbuilding. The level of detail and imagination reminds me of Ilona Andrews. Gruesome and credible paranormal creatures based on real mythology. And John's relationship with Sig settles into a more trusting and balanced bond. I don't feel anymore that Sig is competing with John for the reader's attention.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

I rushed into Fearless immediately after finishing Daring and I absolutely couldn’t stop reading it all day. Read at breakfast, read at lunch, read on the stationary bike, read during game saves and cut scenes. Just read.

The Pax Arcana series is gripping and gritty urban fantasy of the “hero is a snarkmaster” school of thought. Start with Charming. John Charming isn’t charming, but he has a cynical way of explaining what’s going on that will keep you turnin
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Totally satisfied. Roger Wayne did a great job narrating the story. I've been reading and listening to the story from book one. I love it when I can enjoy a story both in audio and print. =)

This is one of the few series where I don't mind the author dropping dollops of info into the plot or go in & out of internal monologue about personal knowledge or thoughts. Usually, that format of writing gets old after a while but I find myself still engaged by James and the cast of Pax Arca
Kat  Hooper
Will review soon at
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being bitten by a vampire, Ted Cahill moved to a quiet college town to become the sheriff there. Shortly after the move, a couple of college kids go missing. Suspecting supernatural foul play, Ted calls John, Sig, and the rest of the gang for help. I LOVE this series!! Great story line, great characters, and lots of humor.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems I've been missing out on a fun urban fantasy series! Fearless is the first book in this series I've read and yes, it works well as a stand alone. But I will be grabbing the other books because I love this not so charming character! I don't like to compare books and characters to others, but the best way to describe John Charming is to mash Kate Daniels and Curran into one male character. He has the same sense of humor has Kate/Curran and dealing with some of the same issues of trying to pl ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this was excellent. I thought this was the best book in the series, and highly enjoyable. John's inner voice remains sarcastic and witty without verging into obnoxious or annoying, which many first person male UF POVs tend to do (looking at you, Harry Dresden).

- John and Sig's relationship. They have great chemistry and complement each other very well. Points also granted for Sig being able to do things that matter throughout the book, which makes her an independent actor with agency i
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Pax Arcana: 3
This book also starts off with a nice recap. The core group of characters from the first book are all back together again. The author also manages to weave in elements from his short stories. Sarah White, who appeared in the short story, Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls, plays a major part. I found that I didn't have a lot of emotional investment in this book - the boy the characters are focused on saving is pretty much a blank slate, neither particularly likable nor unlikable, and I did
C.M. McCoy
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FEARLESS opens with a Hollywood-esque catch-you-up screenplay of snippet scenes from the Pax Arcana series. HUGELY helpful if FEARLESS is the first John Charming book you’re reading, and just plain fun to read if it’s not. Huge adventure with a lovable, wise-cracking hero follows.

What I loved: Sig. Talk about your strong female sidekick–she’s like a hard-core, foul-mouthed, non-human Buffy. Also, EJ’s slightly deadpan humor reminds me of Douglas Adams. Another thing–and this is weird for me–the
Angela Crawford
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Fearless, part three in the Pax Arcana series, is a super fun and fast paced book. I love the world created by Elliott James. It is believable and filled with terrifying creatures and the fantastic characters who hunt them. I was hooked from the very first sentence! The main character, John Charming is a slightly tarnished, very sarcastic and totally kick-ass characte
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Just finished Fearless on Audible. Ah... I don't know what I love most about those books. John Charming? The voice of the actor who reads the books? The story? The writing?
The author surprised me again with this third book. At first I wondered if I liked it as well as the first two. And then I did: because John deserves to change from a torn up and hunted lonly wolf into someone with hope, some friends and even some social skills. He still kicks ass. And some of the lines and ideas in this book
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took forever for me to finish, but it definitely was a case of "It's not you, it's me." Real life has been busy lately and I haven't had much time to devote to reading. But each time I did get back to this story, I enjoyed it. This was another strong installment in a good series, one which provided an interesting problem for John and his compatriots to solve and which also allowed some character and relationship growth.

I look forward to the next book in the series.
I liked this ok, but not as much as either of the first two in this series.

I also found it very very easy to put this one down, up until the last part (about 25%), so for most of it I was reading no more than a short chapter or two (and often less) and it couldn't build up much momentum that way.
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great funny, urban, fantasy/supernatural story with characters who are interesting, quirky and well developed.

Even though it's the third book in a series, it did read as a stand alone. The action and adventure was so good it was like watching a movie. There was so much movement with the characters, you will be talking to yourself. This book needs to be read twice!
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very solid entry into the series. This book is quite action packed and has lots and lots of Sig which I loved.

My only growse is the time he is taking with Sig. Seriously people? Just talk! Communicate! Its not that difficult
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am nuts about this series-hilarious and fast paced and a little bit profound. Keep 'em coming please! Novellas too :)
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Very good characters and story. Looking forward to more.
Not my favorite of the series. I liked it better when John was on his own. I'm not crazy about the characters in his group. Too much angst all around.
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An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that's what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores.
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“Sig is like that. She tends to have an “it takes a village” attitude toward monster hunting. I have mostly hunted supernatural predators alone, partly because I had no choice and partly because I’m an idiot.” 4 likes
“You know you’re in a college town when there’s a restaurant called “Pancakea.” The establishment was a pancake/coffee house, and Choo, Molly, Sig, and I were sitting in a booth arguing about the place and its name and their relative merits. I thought the name was a take on panacea, implying that pancakes are a cure for everything. Sig thought the owner wanted the place to become the IKEA of pancakes. Molly thought that given how large the pancakes were, the title might be a riff on Pangea, the first continental landmass. We all agreed that the owner was probably an ex-college student who couldn’t get a job with his or her major, but we couldn’t agree on whether that major was philosophy, marketing, anthropology, or just heavy drinking.” 2 likes
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