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406 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 9, 2018
Magic, willed out from his tainted soul, spun itself into a pale, glowing blue sphere no bigger than a golf ball. It nestled against the curve of his hand, mostly hidden from sight.
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“Patrick had a tendency to put out fires with gasoline.”It takes the staples of the Urban Fantasy genre and tosses them all together and somehow makes the resultant mix a vibrant and fascinating mishmash and not just a trope casserole.
This is a world chock-full of
“We are not ones to cast aside a weapon when we find one,” Hera replied coolly.And all this jumble somehow works, creating a world that I can see working more or less plausibly. And it manages to feel fresh and fun and engaging.
“Takes a real shitty person to think a child should be turned into a weapon.”
Our protagonist Patrick is a former military Mage, crippled by a soul wound which limits his magic use, and traumatized by his prior war experiences, and now in a kind of magical FBI organization. He also seems to be a designated go-to guy when immortals and Fates need things done and murders solved and end of the world prevented, while having managed to seriously piss off pretty much everyone important in the preternatural world.
“Taking a deep breath, Patrick reined in his anger as much as he could, but he’d never reacted well to orders given by gods.By the magic of plot requirements he is paired with a lone werecreature Jono, and sparks fly and pants are off and fun times are definitely had by the parties involved. Graphically, yes, but *not* brain-bleachingly so, which is fine by me.
They always ended up fucking him over, and not in the good way.”
Or this passage, which could have been summarized as: “Patrick used the bathroom”. Or even better, omitted altogether because it adds exactly nothing to the story or the scene. It’s a book, not a diary.
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