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"Full of magic, action, and supernatural goings-on, the Darkling Mage series will satisfy your craving for well-written urban fantasy!" - Joseph Nassise, New York Times bestselling author of the Templar Chronicles series
From the Author
- Shadow Magic - B07DF9SQBG
- Dark Harvest - B07FKNHB12
- Grave Intentions - B07JFK78BW
- Oblivion Heart - B07L2QG3X5
- Midnight's Son - B07NCJVKPL
- Last Rites - B07QFHT5Y1
- Blood Pact - B07SN149BC
- Soul Fire - B07X6PK1TW
- ASIN : B07DF9SQBG
- Publication date : June 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1090 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,101 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This time there are minor gods/entities being killed, which creates a rift in the environment and the system, and the Lorica are investigating. Dustin gets to brush up on his shadowstepping and learn some magic creation as well. Oh, and there are portals. Everyone seems to like Dustin. He's charming, and good looking - just ask him, he'll tell you. He's still reeling from his premature and nasty death and coping with the new world he finds himself in, but he still cruises past his dad's house and wishes he could go in and tell him he's okay. It hurts to see his dad obviously grieving.
The same characters in Penumbra pop up - lovely, kickass Prudence and handsome, motorcycle riding, and annoying-to-Dustin, Bastion. Thea, Dustin's Lorica boss. Herald the archivist/alchemist. Vanitas the telepathic sword, and quite a few new characters, like Gil the werewolf, Sterling the vampire and their... interesting boss, Carver.
All in all I’m really enjoying the Darkling Mage world so far. It’s a good series for YA/NA and adult readers alike. I’m very much looking forward to book #2. I hope the author brings it and doesn't spare any action - for better or for worse. You better believe I’m counting on it all. Mwahaha!!
I picked this up on a whim because I was in the mood for an urban fantasy and the price was right. Also, I have to admit, anything having to do with shadows catches my attention, I'm fascinated by the various takes I've seen on shadow magic. I devoured this book in a little over an hour and proceeded to purchase the rest - all of which I finished in that same day! I couldn't put them down.
When I say the book is like Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, I don't mean that it's a knock off of the story or character - Dust and Dresden could not be more opposite, and the world is definitely Mr. Noor's and not a knockoff of Mr. Butcher's. I mean more that the first person style, where it seems that the narrator is explaining from the future, and you learn as the main character does, reminds me of that style - which is a style I'm quite fond of!
The main character's personality leapt off the page, and I loved reading his interaction with everyone else. Dust and Sterling are two of my fav characters, although Sterling doesn't have a huge role in this book compared to later ones.
Other reviews have a breakdown of the plot so read those if you want spoilers - I'll just say it's a great read, and it's been years since I've devoured a series in such a short time period! The Prequel is available for free from the author's website, although I'd really suggest reading this one first.
All in all, I can't recommend it enough, and I hope that Mr. Noor comes out with Book #7 soon!
Thank You mr. Noor.
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Shadow Magic picks up shortly after this, when Dustin has become part of the Lorica, a sort of magical police/investigative force. Someone is killing gods - how do you kill an immortal, and what did the killer hope to achieve?
What I liked
Dustin is an engaging main character - he's got a sense of humour, and doesn't take himself too seriously. You might want to smack him at times, but you'd probably smile while doing it. :-)
Noor also has some pretty interesting ideas, and has put his own spin on older ideas. It all adds up to a story set-up that has enough that is new and interesting that it seems unlikely that this series will feel interchangeable with everything else out there.
Stuff that could have been better
This is Nazri Noor's first book, and to be fair, it shows a little. The pacing is a little off - not much happens, plot-wise, in the early part of the book - although we get some fairly cool world-building! Plus, Dustin seems to accept things at face value a little too often, especially for a man who got used as ritual sacrifice: you think he'd've learned... And he's just a little too lucky.
However, all that said, it was a fun read. Will I carry on with the series? Yes, I rather think I will. :-)