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From the Author
- ASIN : B009NNHPIA
- Publisher : Argento Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (October 8, 2012)
- Publication date : October 8, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2863 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0692536736
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,804 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First things first: I'm rich. Like Bruce Wayne: billionaire parents, but they're gone now. Maybe I have my own thing that is improbably lucrative, but I don't have to do any of the boring work stuff. I've got fancy cars, a movie theater to play video games in, obscure booze... yeah.
I've got magical superpowers. Totally amped-up super wizard magic that I can do all sorts of crazy stuff with. Unless there's some hostile non-regular-human around, in which case I'm borderline useless. But my powers totally let me screw with the Authorities. The cops can't touch me, because I'm rich and powerful, but I can totally mess with The Man at every opportunity. Yeah. Cops fear me. And everybody has to call me "Master", which is totally cool, because everybody will be white. In St. Louis.
Next, the women. All the women around me are gorgeous, and constantly undressing me with their eyes. Yeah. All women want me, like they just can't help themselves. If at some point that starts to seem ridiculous, I'll get a big surge of power that causes women to want me even more, and makes men want to obey me. But it's cool, because I won't have control over it, so it totally won't be my fault that I'm giving everyone around me a supernatural roofy.
What about a cop who's also a woman? Yeah. She'll be all weepy, and blush at the thought of entering an establishment with adult entertainment, and need a man to comfort her, but not in that way, because, you know, female cops.
My best friend will be a werewolf, so my "dog" can actually be a dog. (Ed: okay, points for that one.)
I'll have a love interest. Smokin' hot and utterly devoted to me, of course. She'll be an employee, naturally, because there's nothing wrong with that. When we get alone we'll converse like intimate lovers, with all the intensity of a college professor standing at a lectern explaining small business taxes. Hot.
. . .
The book is silly, unapologetically so, and I think unintentionally so on occasion. Either the brand of silliness works for you, or it doesn't. It didn't for me.
I see it's book one in an eight book series, so either it got better,
or Nate doesn't rub other people the wrong way.
Nate Temple is a wizard in a setting where magic isn't quite
acknowledged, but a lot of people are starting to notice there is
strange stuff going on. In general he himself keeps a low profile
magically, though not in any other way. The heir to Temple Industries,
Nate has cultivated a reputation as an oddball, declining to be
involved in the company at all and running his own eclectic book
shop instead. Sub-rosa, he also does jobs as a magical finder and
is currently on contract to deliver a rare magical book to a
mysterious client. Unfortunately, his very satisfactory life is
about to be upended as his parents are murdered, forcing him to
become involved with the company he spurned, the book he is looking
for may bring the apocalypse, and dragons are converging on his
Actually said that way, it sounds like a pretty promising book, but
unfortunately the execution is not as good as the premise. The
writing is amateurish, sometimes very much so, and Nate often comes
across as a jerk, insisting on being called "Master Temple" and
jerking around normals for no good reason. (Yes, I used "jerk" &
"jerking", I couldn't see a way out of it). He also seems incapable
of reasoning out that if he is a suspect in his parents' murders,
he probably shouldn't gift his FBI werewolf friend, who is involved
in the case, with a new car. (Setting aside the fact that in real
life the friend probably woluldn't be allowed to accept). There's
also a bit of "my life is too dangerous, you would be better off
without me" to the woman he may love -- I *hate* that one.
Anyway, if this is a first book I'm prepared to believe Silvers got better,
but not willing to follow him and Nate there.
Dresden files by Jim Butcher
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
Colin McCool by M.D. Massey
This book would be far below those. Okay, why?
The storyline was okay but the characters seemed two dimensional - all the women were beautiful and willing - his lifelong friend is not sufficiently filled out to understand why he was a lifelong friend - and the main character is a dick. A pompous ass billionaire. Compare him to any of the characters in the above book and he seems cartoonish - even more so than Sandman Slim. I found the main character to be inconsistent in his actions - he seemed like a bunch of different people melded into one. I found the women characters pretty demeaning.
So this was not awful but I will not be reading any others in the series.
Top reviews from other countries
"cow tipping a minotaur"
Il admit I was curious and I was curious how he could do that, I loved the book I had a difficulty reading it at first but then the flood gates opened I was reading it at every opportunity..... Love the series
This jumped up on my reading pile
Nate is a great main character and has a strong team around him. Story wad good and am looking forward to the story developing.