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The Midnight Front: A Dark Arts Novel Kindle Edition
From New York Times bestselling author David Mack comes a visionary World War II-era adventure. The Midnight Front is the epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.
On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front—the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program—and become a sorcerer himself.
Unsure who will kill him first—his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick—Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul—and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil.
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“A rollicking, high-stakes adventure with action tailor-made for the movies.” ―Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades
“Smart and surprising―fun and fascinating speculation grounded in familiar history, a rich and textured variation on the magical arts, and complex characters struggling to fight the good fight. I loved it." ―Kirsten Beyer, New York Times Bestselling author of Children of the Storm
“The Dark Arts series hits the ground running. Exciting and smart, David Mack's secret history of World War II and the occult heroes and villains that fought it will keep you up well past midnight.” ―R. S. Belcher, author of The Six-Gun Tarot
“An epic thrill ride, taking us deep into a compelling, hypnotic vision of history as it might have been. Powerful, fast paced, and engaging.” ―Ilana C. Myer, author of Last Song Before Night
"An exciting, secret struggle of occult powers and military action. Can't wait for the next one!" ―Richard Baker, author of Valiant Dust
“Propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war's most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII, resulting in an entertaining scenario that wouldn't be out of place in a video game or a spirited match of Dungeons & Dragons. A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a 'chosen one' hero arc among the dogs of war.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- ASIN : B071NRP12Z
- Publisher : Tor Books (January 30, 2018)
- Publication date : January 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 9318 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0765383209
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #658,743 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found the first book in an urban fantasy series centered around a young talented magician named Cade Martin. He’s an American whose talents for wizardry have been hidden from him. But when his ship is attacked by Nazi sorcerers killing his parents, he is saved by the Allied counterparts and brought into the fold. He’s trained in summoning and using demons to do his bidding. This is the crux of the magic system. And the crux of the plot is revenge. Cade for his parents and each of the others in the Allies’s crew has a reason to fight and get back for a wrong done against him or her.
This is a quick read with historical figures, events, and locations sprinkled throughout. And for me, I had never read a fantasy novel set during this time period. I went in with high expectations and really wanting it work out, but in the end, I found some of it lacking. One dimensional characters and at times, the plot is predictable. I’m not sure if I will be trying the second book.
The book starts off with a great chase sequence and rarely lets up after that. Even while world building there is still a sense of urgency in the writing. The main character, Cade, may be the "Chosen One", but the story doesn't really feel contrived or bogged down by that. Honestly, it doesn't even always feel like Cade is the focal point or that everything hinges on him. That is a bit refreshing. Almost all the other characters feel real and you can tell Mack wants us to care for them while also questioning their motives and actions. Even the villains are not one-trick ponies or mustache-twirlers.
WWII is handled with great care here too as actual events are depicted in the book, but with a magical twist to them. In the hands of a less skilled writer this may have been a disaster and came off insensitive, but not with Mack. He doesn't show any disrespect to the atrocities the Nazis committed and, if anything, he paints them in a such a vivid way that it punches you in the gut.
The magic in this book is also handled differently than in some other worlds. Summoning demons and using their powers comes with a price, not just physically but mentally as well. I loved this aspect The Midnight Front as sometimes in other series it just feels like the person wielding all this power is not truly effected by them. Butcher's Dresden has shown that with magic comes a price and that is why I put that in the headline. Well, that and the fact that the humor in this book (yes, there is humor) reminded me a bit of The Dresden Files humor.
All in all, this is an excellent edition is what should be a riveting trilogy and the ending leaves you anticipating the next novel. Do yourself a favor and jump on now before Hollywood scoops it up and changes it. That way you can truly say..."The books were so much better!". Cheers!
It was interesting to read but I will probably be skippin’ the rest of the series.
Top reviews from other countries
"The Midnight Front" es una especie de cruce imposible entre "Harry Potter" y "Salvar al Soldado Ryan". Un grupo de magos luchan junto a Los Aliados en una Guerra que trasciende al fascismo en Europa y al Imperialismo Japonés, granadas, tanques y submarinos luchan contra demonios y ángeles en unas páginas llenas de sangre, gore y balas perdidas.
La prosa es rápida y fluida, y para los lectores hispano-hablantes, si tenéis un grado medio-alto de inglés, podréis disfrutalo sin problemas, no es Faulkner precisamente (ni tiene porque serlo).
En definitiva el primer títulos en la trilogía de Dark Arts es muy recomendable, y me han dado ganas de lanzarme de cabeza al segundo título, "The Iron Codex".