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Junkyard Druid: A New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel (The Colin McCool Paranormal Suspense Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Colin is a young man with a problem. Trained as a hunter, he and his girlfriend, another hunter, are pushed by their mentor, a 2000 year old druid, into hunting something that turns out to be more than they can handle. When the fight goes poorly, he discovers he's been cursed and turns into a hulk-type berserker, killing everyone and thing in his path, including his girlfriend--who may be haunting him.
Threatened into accepting a job from Maeve, queen of the fae, he tries to balance returning to college, finding the object Maeve wants, and handling his drunken, drug addicted mentor.
Colin is a likeable character. Younger than usual in these type of stories, we see him struggling to overcome his crushing guilt as he attends therapy, and talking about not enabling his mentor. This is not to say the book is full of self-discovery angst. Instead, it just has the ring of a young man trying to live a typical life, failing through no fault of his own, and being damned annoyed about it.
Colin's world is richly populated with well known and lesser known people and creatures. There's the quartet of red caps who seem to be stuck in a bad 80's version of the Sopranos, the bar keep who is the head of the local vampires, the obligatory circle of witches/wizards with whom he has a mutual lack of admiration, various strange creatures from Irish mythology, werewolves, and a woman friend who shrouds herself so well in don't-look-at-me spells that people think he's talking to himself when he's having coffee with her. All of these creatures and people are integrated easily into the story, and make sense when they show up.
The only thing this reader felt could be improved was that some explanations were a bit overlong.
This story was an excellent read; lighter than others in this genre without sacrificing plot or characters. This reader looks forward to the next book.
The opening of this book literally broke my heart. My intro to Colin McCool was with Druid Blood in which he is a teenager and just learning about the magic that exists in his world and with the opening of Junkyard Druid my lovely image of Colin's world was crushed and my heart bleed for Colin. And that's just the first chapter, as the book goes on we see how Colin has and continues to deal with the events of that first chapter. We are also introduced to a great cast of characters that will hopefully be helpful to Colin in the future.
I was literally drawn into this world and its characters, M.D. Massey's writing was very smooth and the pacing of the book was nice and steady with an open ending for more in the series. I'm definitely looking forward to reading Graveyard Druid next to see what else happens to Colin.
This is a new adult urban fantasy with a lot of snark and suspense. It was a fun read with some unique characters. Colin himself is not so cool, but he's a nice guy who can kick butt. He's endearingly sorta nerdy at parts. I felt as if he was very powerful druid for a character in the first book of a series, but he's up against some even more powerful foes. I really loved some of the secondary characters like Sabine, Hemi, and Finn. Finn is Colin's mentor and not so likable as a heroin addict, but the mystery surrounding him is fascinating.
I wondered what the point of the journal entries were for the first third of the book other than to give us background, but it comes together later on to add another juicy layer to the plot.
I recommend this book to urban fantasy fans who love fast-paced action, wit, and mystery, and who want something different than the regular vampire and werewolf monster stories.