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Pride's Spell: A Sin du Jour Affair (A Sin du Jour Affair, 3) Paperback – June 21, 2016
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"Matt Wallace is now three books in to his Sin du Jour series and they really do just keep getting better and better... [and they] are starting to figure out what sort of meal they want to be, which is filling and fun." ―Locus
“Pride’s Spell ended up being everything I wanted and expected out of a Sin du Jour novella. It’s ridiculous but fun. Humor, action, insanity and violence are still key ingredients in this madcap urban fantasy series, but I’m also glad that we’re starting to see more development in the characters and their relationships. There’s a sense of everything coming together here, even tying in some elements introduced from the first book in the series, making me hunger for the next course. I have a feeling it’s all going to culminate into something great.” - The BiblioSanctum
“Each volume of this series is better than the one before.” ― SF Bluestocking
About the Author
- Publisher : Tordotcom (June 21, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765390000
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765390004
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.53 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matt Wallace cooks up (obvious pun intended) a perfect blend of urban fantasy and laugh-out-loud comedy. Add a side of brilliantly rendered characters navigating situations that would reduce most people to quivering piles of Jell-O, and you’ve got a series that never fails to satisfy.
In this installment, executive chef Bronko has a problem. Sin du Jour is catering the yearly TaurusCon buffet for minotaurs and centaurs, and a booking for a Hollywood premiere comes in at the same time. It seems the Hollywood types had such a great time at the Goblin wedding (book 2) that they’re clamoring for more. Bronko’s only option is to divide the staff and go temporarily bi-coastal.
If the gamer geek in you is screaming, “Don’t split the party!” your instincts are dead on. As soon as the staff are on opposite coasts, the s*** hits the fan. On the East Coast, the convention goes off without a hitch because they expected at least some s*** since they were serving centaurs. After they get cleaned up, they face an attack by unlikely assailants: The Easter bunny, Cupid, the Headless Horseman, and a viciously evil Santa Claus. The battle is, of course, both violent and hilarious.
In Hollywood, the premiere party is dull to the point of numbing. The staff caters to the “eat nothing” crowd with variations on every food fad available. The real culinary fireworks are planned for the after party, where the VIPs are expecting a spectacle of epic proportions. However, the film producers have something even hotter planned for Bronko and his staff.
Pride’s Spell does have plot elements that begin in the first two books. Wallace gives enough backstory that you’ll be able to read this without trouble, but for the full effect, you should read the first two. Book one, Envy of Angels, is an award-worthy read. Lustlocked was an homage to the Goblin King (Yes, that one), published just a few days after his death, yet written before the public knew he was ill. There is another plot regarding Chef Bronko that began in Lustlocked that I’m avoiding because of spoilers.
I highly recommend the Sin du Jour series. The novellas are quick to read and guaranteed to entertain.
This story is complete in itself, but, as with many series, I recommend reading them in order so that you can get to know the people as they develop. If you do that, for instance, you will get a direct look at the root cause of the problems that Bronko and the others acquire in Hollywood. Then, once you’re caught up, you can join me in waiting with bated breath for the next tall tale in the series.
While I’m waiting, by the way, I’m imagining a supernatural party catered by the Sin du Jour gang and with the band in D. J. Butler’s Rock Band Fights Evil stories—which somehow remind me a lot of the Sin du Jour folks—providing the entertainment. THAT would be a blowout to remember!
Having lived in LA and worked as a Hollywood writer for many thankless years, Wallace has Things To Say about the City of Angels, and he is characteristically bold and hilarious in saying them.
Structurally, this book is a little slower than the first two, taking time to revisit and expand on elements that were established or hinted at earlier. It still has plenty of sucker punches up its sleeve, though, and will have you cursing the House of Wallace as often as you're giggling. I think he's luring is into a false sense of security, though, and the fourth book is going to run us over like a freight train.
If you're not already into this series, check out Envy of Angels. They're cheap. They're pretty quick reads if you want to plow through them, and they're a lot of fun.
Top reviews from other countries
From the mean kitchen of New York to the backstabbing party circuits of Hollywood, Prides Spell features all of the Sin du Jour crew working hard to make the best dishes whilst looking out for each other. The problem is that old grudges are about to be brought to bear upon all of the Sin du Jour team.
Prides Spell maintains the humour that the two earlier stories held dear, but ramps up the action to truly Hollywood proportions.
It's a great story. I bought and read the ebook, but I think I'm going to have to pick up the physical copies of the entire Sin du Jour series too. The quality of the writing, world building, comedy, action and story haven't dipped once. These books only get better with every volume.
Highly recommended Culinary UF Action Comedy.
I instantly bought the follow-up, Idle Ingredients!