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The second problem is the story telling. It needed to be tighter, and the attempt at funny quips fell flat. There were details to why's and how's from point A to point B that were so minimal or altogether missing,that some things did not make sense and were not understood.
If you like urban fantasy and have not read The Dresden Files, you might like this. If you have read The Dresden Files and didn't like that series, you won't like this one either. If you love the Dresden Files, well, you'll just have to read this to decide for yourself.
In conclusion, there is a weak foundation for a nice series that could become something better than just okay if the author honed his character by giving him his own personality and he needs to give a little more attention to details and background information in his story telling, I will be interested to see if Magnarella improves on his character and story telling in the second book.
After reading a ton of the Dresden Files I decided to take a break from the series and see how other authors do
paranormal detectives as this is a genre that I feel has great potential. So after plumbing the depths of
goodreads, I settled on book one of the Professor Croft series.
I was really excited at the start. It's a contemporary series, the cover art looks phenomenal, and
I was eager to start a new adventure, in a new city, with a new protagonist as he juggles his duties as a
college professor with his night time escapades as a paranormal investigator.
It didn't take long before I started noticing similarities between Everson Croft, and the Dresden Files.
After the first 18 pages, we learn that Croft is affiliated with a secret order of wizards that he is not on
good terms with because of a past incident. This past incident also caused him to be marked or indebted to a
supernatural entity which is a burden to him and interferes with his work.
Any person who has read the Dresden Files will recognize this as sounding very similar to that book's
protagonist Harry Dresden. I did my best to give Demon Moon a chance after this point. After all tropes are very
common in urban fantasy and fiction in general. Harry Potter, Harry Dresden, and John Constantine begin their stories
with a tragic past which left them marked in some way. But the slack I gave the book was quickly turned into a
noose for Everson Croft to hang himself.
Further character traits that Croft shares with Dresden are both characters employ a staff, sword cane, and revolver.
Both characters own overweight cats and have a spirit roommate. Dresden owns a 30lb cat named Mister who is
routinely possessed by his live in air spirit "Bob" while Croft owns a 40lb tabby named Tabitha who is
permanently possessed by a succubus spirit. Both characters have a resident "jerk" making their lives difficult.
Morgan for Harry, Prof Snodgrass for Croft. Both characters own a 3D model of the city where they live which serve to
track magical disturbances, and both characters have a grizzled mentor who was at one point or another tasked with
executing the protagonist should he defy the will of the White Council/Oracular Order of Magi and Magical Beings.
Oh and finally at the end of Demon Moon Croft becomes...wait for it...a consultant for the NYPD's
special investigations unit and reports to a female detective.
The copying isn't limited to character traits but world mechanics as well. Demons killed erupt into ectoplasm
which quickly evaporates. Water disrupts the casting of spells, Ley Lines exist in the world,
Wizards and technology don't mix, ghosts are the echos of the departed, and thresholds block
uninvited magical entities and cripple the power of mortal wizards.
All these similarities wouldn't be an issue individually. For instance, the concept of thresholds isn't a new
world mechanic in occult fiction (see "must be invited" on TV tropes for examples). Croft owning an overweight
cat and using a revolver doesn't necessarily make him a copy of Harry Dresden. But when the similarities
appear one after another and to this level, they become impossible to ignore. Because of this, Demon Moon
reads in many parts of the book like an unfinished Dresden Files draft with the proper nouns changed.
If character traits and world mechanics weren't bad enough, Demon Moon's issues with originality
bleed over into the plot of the book as well.
Croft is investigating both the summonings of lesser demons throughout the city and the murder of a church rector.
During his investigation he catches the ire of Arnaud Thorne the city's resident corrupt business man and vampire.
Thorne is essentially what the baby of Dresden characters Bianca and Johnny Marcone would look like.
During Croft's meeting with Thorne, Croft is forced to defend himself with a magical ring which is an heirloom of his
grandfather. This situation feels almost identical to Dresden's meeting with Bianca in
Storm Front where he is forced to defend himself with his pentagram amulet which was an heirloom of his mother.
Later in the book, Croft is forced to defeat two demons at his apartment while protecting a female student.
The female student came to Croft's apartment to seduce him due to an infatuation caused by side effects she
experiences after being exposed to Ley energy that conveniently accumulates when a wizard tells a
story to a captive audience. *eye roll. Again we have a scene ripped from the pages of Storm Front.
Harry Dresden fought a demon at his apartment while defending a woman who was trying to seduce him due to
her being under the influence of an accidentally consumed love potion.
When Demon Moon actually breaks original ground, the attempt is not encouraging.
The scenes where Croft is teaching do a good job at realistically unloading exposition. However it's clear Croft only
views his teaching career as a means of keeping a roof over his head. This is demonstrated in his inability to
show up to class which forces another professor to repeatedly cover for him, coming to class unprepared, and the
sardonic opinions he shares with the reader about his students. While maintaining a cover life is difficult and characters
who try often miss out on engagements or show up late to work, these characters are able to keep their covers by loving
what they do and being exceptional at their jobs. Clark Kent was a good journalist, Peter Park was a good photographer
while Croft only stays employed because the Order funnels money into the college in the form of bogus grants.
Nobody wants to read about a protagonist who's apathetic toward, and terrible at his job.
The ending is nothing more than a series of conveniences that allow Croft to beat an opponent
several times stronger than himself. In similar fashion to his cover profession Croft is not a powerful
or even good wizard, and succeeds only because of luck. Not a great start for the first book in the series.
In closing, even without reading his other books in the series, it's very clear to me Magnarella was going for quantity
over quality with Professor Croft. In the same time Jim Butcher released book two of the Dresden Files,
Magnarella released 4 books of the Professor Croft series. That's the difference in time created when
the first author creates a narrative from scratch by researching the occult and mythology,
while the second simply copies the framework of an already established series.
Sixty to seventy percent of Demon Moon's inner workings have been reverse engineered by
Magnarella from the Dresden Files. All the bits that are original feel hastily constructed and
Do yourself a favor and pass on this lazily written, blatant copy-cat of a series.
It's a scary world out there and no one really knows that the professor is all that is holding back the darkness. Like every great hero, he is multifaceted, doing what is right while struggling with his own inner demons because that is what good guys do. One thing I did wish was that I understood a bit more of his back story but I am sure it will be fleshed out in upcoming installments.
The pace of this book is fast. Just when you think you can relax it takes another turn. It kept me up late and I can't wait for the next adventure with Professor Croft and company.
Mage belongs to secret organization of mages. Check.
Mage is somewhat on the outs with this organization. Check.
Mage has a disembodied spirit in an object in his apartment. Check.
Mage casts some spells by pointing cane at enemy with Latin trigger. Check.
Mage develops a consulting relationship with a female cop. Check.
Mage has personal relationship with Catholic priest. Check.
Mage has a 3D mockup of the city in his apartment which shows him things. Check.
Well, I could keep going but you get it. However, the story was extremely compelling with good action and plotting. Other reviews are correct that the character development isn’t great, but I can forgive this somewhat if I didn’t want to put the book down. And I didn’t want this book to end. It was a good time, and if a sequel was available I would have bought that immediately. If I did this, and was faced with more ‘Dresden’ inspired material – I’d still be happy. However, I still have to knock a star off for the blatant nature of the “borrowing”. However, there's plenty of room for growth here and I look forward to more!
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