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- Print Length: 279 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943792070
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- Publisher: Fickle Dragon Publishing; 2 edition (March 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CC8N0NQ
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A bit more fleshing out of the background prior to the last scenes would have been helpful in understanding the main character's motivations. Also
several of the support characters seemed to come out of nowhere with little explanation, but it didn't distract too much.
Overall a good effort and I would certainly read a followup novel if offered.
The main character didn't feel...like a guy. And there was no foresight on his part or planning. When you have consistently run into werewolves over very few days, wouldn't you take a moment and make sure you have at least ^one^ weapon capable of dealing with them? Even carrying a handful of wolfsbane or learning a spell... The story was good, but it really wasn't. There wasn't any despair or anguish, none of the feelings really came through strongly.
I can't recommend this, but I will look for the next book to see if it improves.
That said, there are...flaws. Most minor and many of them subjective. The author writes well, so you don't have to work to ignore grammar and spelling errors. His characters speak like their characters, which is a big thing for me. Nothing worse than a streetwise tough guy spouting lines like, "You do understand I am quite well known for my martial abilities," rather than, "Okay, keep it up and I'm gonna kick your..."
So, there's a lot positive. Good writing, fairly clear plot that's a little more involved than at first glance. Definitely worth the read and a good introduction to the world.
Now, the flaws...the magic system isn't. By that I mean, the magic exists but there appears to be no system we can see. There are female witches (of course), male witches, warlocks which aren't explained at all, and our MC is a male *wizard*...but no explanation of what the difference is other than our MC can't meld with/be a part of a witch's circle, allowing him to share power with others. He was trained/raised by a coven of witches, and it *appears* that he uses the same spells and such...so what is the difference, if any? Sure, magic could operate by physical laws across the board, a spell is a spell no matter who casts it...but are the class titles arbitrary? Social? Traditional? We don't know, and it lessens the world for readers.
Second, our MC is way too placid. Male or female, we like our heroes to be a little...heroic. We get a guy who talks like he's a badass..."You don't want me to go on the offensive, so calm down..." but pretty much rolls over for everyone. And from the fights we do see, it's *not* because he's a super badass wizard. He has three main spells he uses...and two of those are enchantments on his rings. I can understand his acquiescence in his first interaction with the police...that makes sense in the situation as written. Most of his interactions with the police make sense...for the most part.
But a cranky witch blows down my door and starts smacking the crap out of me with her coven's help? Sorry, sending a spell to make her coven back-up suddenly and violently incontinent, and *she's* going out the window with orders to come back when she's ready to talk like a grownup.
And the MC is *stupid*. He knows an opponent is a werewolf...and at other points, it's shown there's plants and spells and blah blah blah that are effective against werewolves. Think he starts carrying anything like that? Nope. Even when he's specifically *hunting* the werewolves.
Basically, he's too nice to be a hero in an urban fantasy. It's explained he was raised by a coven of witches, so you'd expect him to be courteous, respectful, of witches and females in general. He knows how powerful they are, etc and so forth. He takes it to extremes; if a character happens to have breasts, she's the boss. The hypocrisy of it is...offensive, at a certain level. He hooks up with a female troll (one of the best qualities the MC has) who is all about the booty call...basically he pats her on the head and says, `No, no, no, I'm not that sort of guy and you shouldn't be that sort of girl!' As if the guy knows best and what the girl wants is immaterial. In this world, apparently women don't have healthy sex drives and it's all about what the guy deems proper...while respecting her equality and abilities, of course...except in this, because...
It's obvious this is a guy that believes sex has to Mean Something...a guy who has been raised by a coven of witches and should be quite familiar with the concept of female sexuality and that woman can be as frisky as men.
And the romance angle is...stilted and forced. I got more chemistry from him and the troll than from the witchy love interest Gabriella. Replace the W with a B and you've pretty much got her entire character; there's very little positive interaction with her. Now, it's entirely conceivable that's the kind of personality he's attracted to...but it never seems that way in the description. He's hot for her because the plot needs him to be hot for her. The only `nice' thing she does is help him out of jail...which she pretty much got him thrown into.
But those flaws aside, this book was fun and interesting enough to convince me to buy the sequel. Depending on how that one reads will determine if I continue the series.
Felix's past, his family history and his inheritance are what everyone is fighting over. Evil witches try to use a niece that Felix did not even know existed to get around barriers placed by his sorcerer father on gaining full access to his ancestral home.
Flix's love life is a little more ethically challenged. He finds himself attracted to trolls with tusks, then rejects his troll girlfriend as he wants more than just a booty call. He wants a relationship. OK, but most makes wouldn't pass up a commitment free attractive romp in the hay . He then falls hard for another woman based solely on her physical attractiveness. while he took the moral high ground with one relationship he doesn't seemt o have any concerns about making the moves on a woman already in a steady serious relationship.
It move along fairly well, staying entertaining to the end.
Arriving near where he grew up, our wizard finds the small town almost overrun with witches, werewolves, and trolls. There are also suspicious small-town cops...and, unfortunately, several murders and a child kidnapping occur right after the wizard hits town...
This is the first fantasy novel by Jamie McFarlane that I have read, and it is a great, enjoyable read. There is nonstop action, as our protagonist seems to be the center of a frameup...
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS: FANTASY/URBAN WITCHCRAFT TALE.