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Alexander Crowley - A New King in Town

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,536 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Set in St Ives the Cornish boutique holiday resort this fast paced page turning adventure fantasy draws on the locality, traditions, religions and myths for its themes.

Starring Alexander Crowley a smart arsed shoot from the hip trickster (Supposedly the bastard Great Grandson of Aleister Crowley the 20th Century Occultist) who is on the run from his recent escapades.

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Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Between the Lines Publishing
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Joc
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
When I read the blurb, this novel sounded like a lot of fun with a cunning magician as the lead character. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me as well as I had hoped. Alexander Crowley hypnotises a taxi driver to drive him from London to St Ives where he’s arranged to use his mate’s studio apartment while he lays low from the trouble he recently got himself into. His presence doesn’t go unnoticed by St Ives’ locals, human and supernatural. His penchant for getting into trouble and his arrogant, ...more
Grady
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Don’t worry luv. What he don’t know won’t harm him now, will it?’

Author Don Barr describes himself as an ‘artist, landlocked surfer, army brat, only child and lover (of his dog at least!). A punk rocker attitude with a hatred for the pompous and all airs and graces. Born in the 60's Not dead yet.’ And that serves as enough information to make the reader kick back and enjoy one of the most hilarious books of the year.

Written in that inimitable British tone and spelling that heightens the frolic
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Robert
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel as a gift and it turned out to be a good one. The main character, Alexander Crowley, is the great grandson of the infamous occultist and supposed magician Aleister Crowley. Unlike Aleister, Alex has true magical powers. His most useful one is the ability to mesmerize people and get them to do what he wants them to do. Since Alex is an ethically-challenged scoundrel, he often uses this power to get people to give him money, including card game opponents, cab drivers and litt ...more
Pegboard
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have been warned to “strap on” as Don Barr astonishes his readers with A New King in Town. Even the cats knew there was a new king in town as they follow Alexander Crowley as he makes his way through the city of St. Ives. With British sarcasm and humor, this urban novel will make you smile as this swindler hypnotizes simpletons to do his bidding. With no respect for rules or authority, Alex makes this city his playground for the summer, while he hides out. But players in this tourist paradis ...more
Laila Viking
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story with mystery, magical powers, scoundrels, tricks, twists and turns. Well written with nice storyline and plot. A fantasy fiction that is filled with a lot and where the author has made his research which only makes the story better.
Alexander is the hero of this story. He has some adventures that not all turns out well. But it is a fun and eventful read that caught me.
Recommendable to others that like fantasy fiction with an attitude.
Minion Reviews
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of fantasy fiction, but find that they tend to have similar themes, which can seem a bit dated, so I was excited when I read some reviews for 'A New King in Town' it looked like the kind of novel I had been looking for. This contemporary fantasy novel brought something new for me – it has such a riveting plot that was as unpredictable as it was brilliant, and a cast of unique and engaging characters. Thanks to author Don Barr, Cornwall has never seemed so interesting.

The story focu
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Andrea Stoeckel
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans!”

Alexander Crowley, reportable related to the occultist Aleister Crowley, has just hit the seaside town of St.Ives,Cornwall, intent on a bit of R+R. Question is whether he’ll find it. He and his pal: local author Booby de Faux kind of get into other peoples’ business as Alex is tasked with several “tasks” that the local Saint,IA, accompanied by her familiar black cat “The Black Manilishi” gives him...and if he actually completes them?

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Rabid Reads
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alexander Crowley – A New King in Town takes place in the idyllic holiday destination of St Ives in Cornwall and concerns the exploits of the titular character and a host of others who he encounters. It’s a pacey, enjoyable read and a refreshing take on the done-to-death Dungeons and Dragons-type adventure novel. Its modern telling of age-old tropes will appeal to a multitude of readers too, I’m sure.

I especially liked the character of IA, a saint who can exchange sins for virtues and gets our
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Valery
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alexander Crowley- A New King in Town by Don Barr could easily be one of the funniest books around. Our lead character Alex is a bit of a scallawag with real magical powers he has inherited from his great grandfather. In fact,he uses his powers so much,that he rips off cab drivers, putting them under a trance, then taking all their money. At least that is how the story begins, appropriately setting the stage for the fun that begins and continues throughout this rollicking novel. You will love th ...more
Dusty Books
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in a fictionalised St.Ives (the most south-westerly point of England), this is exactly as Barr describes it - ‘a boy’s own adventure story for the twenty first century’. With a twist. Part one being called ‘We’re All Going on a Summer Horrorday’ was enough for me to know this was going to be good! The central character, Alexander Crowley (related to the one and only Aleister Crowley, legendary occultist) is a Londoner and we hear the world as he speaks, Cockney Rhyming Slang and all, really ...more
NicCole
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Learning that our protagonist, Alexander Crawley as a member of the Aleister Crawley lineage, only increases one's interest in reading this book. Known as a magician and trickster, Alex vacates to St. Ives holiday resort, granting him the most adventurous time off he's every experienced. Being the "new king in town" he never has to announce himself, as everyone including street cats knows just how powerful he is. Set out to reap the benefits of his celebrity status he encounters several individu ...more
Stephen R.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of adventure fantasy will find this book quite exhilarating with the book giving a feel of the locality, religions, myths, and traditions surrounding St Ives holiday resort. This book is one of the most hilarious books I’ve read in a while. The inimitable British spelling and tone Barr uses heightens the adventures and frolic the author shares in the remarks before the beginning of the book.

The plot and summary of the book are inviting with a well-written text rich in adventures that descr
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Anony Mouse
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Learning that our protagonist, Alexander Crowley as a member of the Aleister Crowley lineage, only increases one's interest in reading this book. Known as a magician and trickster, Alex vacates to St. Ives holiday resort, granting him the most adventurous time off he's every experienced. Being the "new king in town" he never has to announce himself, as everyone including street cats knows just how powerful he is. Set out to reap the benefits of his celebrity status he encounters several individu ...more
Better Than Life
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The format of A New King in Town is really cool. I love the way that each chapter seems to be a self-contained short stories, which has the same eclectic characters running throughout. Not only was this piece of fantasy fiction exciting and interesting, it was also seriously funny. The main character Alexander Crowley – a morally questionable man with magical power of persuasion – often finds himself in trouble. Hiding himself away in Cornwall to avoid trouble catching up to him, he assumes that ...more
Biblio Phanatic
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great way to get lost in some magical fiction. If you like the Dresden Files you’d love this. The story follows Alex, a decedent of the renowned Aleister Crowley. We follow him through a few different (mis)adventures and he always seems to come out on top even if he doesn’t do so in the most honest of ways. The author does a great job of building dynamic characters in a rich setting. The story is great, the writing is sound (for the most part), and the characters made me smile more tha ...more
Bookish Picks
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
'A New King in Town' by Don Barr follows con artist Alexander Crowley, who is forced to go on the run after conning one person too many. The reason hi finds it so easy to take people for a ride, is that he has some magical abilities- he can put people under his spell and essentially take them for all that they have. Hiding out in Cornwall seemed like a good choice, but he soon finds himself back in peril, facing off against demons, mobsters, and a number of supernatural entities. An enjoyable re ...more
Switched On
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book, I had doubts about it thinking it might be bland and hard to get into. Well, I was very wrong. I tell you now that I am so glad I read it because it was just so ridiculously humorous and with a cast that’s diverse, culled from all sorts of literature: religious, mythical, medieval, etc. It is the story of a protagonist by the name of Alexander Crowley who is the fictional grandson of the actual English occultist Aleister Crowley of Great Britain (more on him on Wikipe ...more
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