Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.
Uncaged Review: This is a pretty good start to a series and although it didn’t blow me away, it did hold my interest for the most part. I will more than likely go to the next book in the series now that a lot of the world building and characters are flushed out. I still think there are some things and back story that needs to be flushed out a bit more, but it started to come together pretty well at the back quarter of the book.
Everson is a wizard, but on the lower end of the wizard spectrum and is being watched by The Order, the magic law, if you will. In this book, there are some killings happening by amateur conjurers and bringing in demons that are causing havoc, and on top of all that, Everson always seems to be in trouble with the police and his job at the university is at stake. Although Croft seems to get himself in a lot of jams, at the same time it’s fun to see how he manages to get out of them.
There was some good action sequences, some good demons and some original magic and a fun and obnoxious oversized succubus cat called Tabitha. I’m going to keep going, but there is a prequel novella called Book of Souls that I would recommend reading first. Reviewed by Cyrene