Though Alistair offers to ...more
The main character is magically inclined Dieter, one of the most resilient characters invented. He is an incredibly multilayered and complex character with an overwhelming amount of stuff happening in his life, in addition to numerous personal issues. And when I say personal ...more
I actually liked the storyline, good characters but the names doesn't fit the characters somehow. The story is very slow and on some parts confusing, like; Lenna shifted, a brown eye cracking open. “Time’s it?” she croaked. “Uhm—six-forty. Hey, is that a roll of quarters, or are you just happy to see me?” Lenna rolled onto her stomach, flipping him off. “I’m gay, asshole. My dick thinks you’re a chick.”
So It seems that Lenna is a Men? I know that's not the ...more
Dieter is a troubled teen with issues and mostly seeks physical attention in all the wrong places. He see and hears shadows which leads him to believe he's schizophrenic (with the help of his father, of course). Even with these issues he tries to project the outward appearance of normalcy...he goes to college, runs track & holds down a job. But all of this disappears when he crosses paths with a ...more
Canadian author Amir Lane is an engineer by trade and a ‘writer of supernatural and urban fantasy novels and short stories, a voice actor, a chronic procrastinator, and actually a bird. ‘It is not clear why Amir refers to self as they unless the book is a joint writership. But sensing the humor that abounds in the book we likely will at some point discover more about this talented author. Amir is defined as a masculine name.
I loved learning about Dieter and the people in his life - and how everything isn't quite what it seems. I'm really keen to check out Book 2, so I can see how the new-found understanding of his abilities develops even further.
I'm not sure I fully got what it meant to be a 'familiar', 'sensitive' or 'empath' but that could just be ...more
Student Dieter, despite having magic in the family, thinks the weird stuff he sees and hears is just hallucinations until he meets necromancer Alistair, who starts teaching him the trade. Unfortunately Alistair is a bit of a psycho (who could have guessed).
Told in first person, this is an interesting, dark take on urban fantasy, very engaging, and well written with few editing errors. The story is pretty much standalone but ...more
When I purchased this book, either there was no reference to the homo-etotic aspects of O missed said reference. Though I find gay romances to be unpleasantly jarring, it is the sadsack weakness in the main character that I find most disappointing. Bella from the Twilight series was a pillar of strength in comparison. I have no interest in any further writing from Amir Lane. For those who like the styling described in the previously mentioned book, ...more
Amir has a well-paced, snappy style of writing that fits this kind of urban fantasy genre well. The book's characters are interesting and diverse, and I hope to discover more of them in the future.
The story itself is captivating; I tend to only read a chapter or two of a book to finish my day, but I had a hard time stopping myself from reading all of Shadow Maker in one go. I'm usually rather queasy when it comes to descriptions of anything gruesome, but ...more
The only reason I made it through this book was because it's storyline and premise was intriguing. The fact the main character was told he was schizophrenic in a world where magic seemed common place to him was intestine enough. The main character himself was fun to read about. Unfortunately I could tell you next to nothing about any of the other characters including the main antagonist. There is tons of potential in this book it just needed so much more detail and time ...more
Some mature themes fill this novel. I’d recommend this to any reader of mature urban fantasy accepting of darker themes written fictionally. (Open sexuality, mental health, self harm, etc)
Twins that are for the most part astranged from their father. There dad is calling the mentally ill or that tgey have brian defects instead of telling them what the really are and helping them to deal with the magic that they have.
How odd a feeling it is to learn that one of your friends writes professionally! And how wonderful to read their work and find that you LOVE it!
This was an exciting story; full of queer characters both relatable and, somehow, familiar finding that their world is not what it...more
I know we haven't heard the last of Dieter ad Lindy, at ...more
Confusing at times as it jumps around alot, however I thought it was an intriguing idea.
I received this book free via instafreebie in exchange for an honest review.