Everson Croft here, 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.
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Never a dull moment.
Starts good, but quickly declines to mediocrity.
The books starts strong and interisting, sort of a dresden files light, with some differences. New York is in trouble as of a major financial crash, magic is actualy fairly known about with many people practicing openly, and people know there are supernatural things out there, even if a few people refuse to beleive.
The man character starts out decent enough as well, but quickly falls into the "mage with authority troubles" except this guy has no reason. His job is to help new practitioners who are summoning demons, likely accidental, or just dont know what they are getting into. He doesnt always succeed. After one time he was arrested as a shard of an incubus thats trapped in his soul took over after expending himself to hard, and got drunk at the scene of the crime and was arrested by the police as he was at the scene, with a coat of the victims blood on him. due to a lack of evidence he was let out on probation and has been towing that since.
Now he has been offered a chance to clear his name some by helping with an investigation, while also investigating mass demon summonings on the side. While being sloppy he is sighted at the scene of one of the murders, and the police begin to suspect him.
And here is the issue. There is absolutely NO reason why he shouldnt tell them just what he is and what he does, give them some proof, and possibly receive aid for what he is doing. Instead he bitches and moans like a 5 year old and makes a mess of everything. The character devolves into an obnoxious idiot who does stupid things for stupid reasons and it starts to get old fast. I havent finished the book just yet, but im getting SSOOO very close to just deleting it from my phone and getting a refund.
- The Kindly One