Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He's the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him - or let someone else do the job.
Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise's next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who's sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find - and destroy - the source of that inhuman magic.
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Good book with a warning.
The world and magic system are excellent. The characterization is good for a first book. the story is fast paced and fun.
It had an air of the unknown about it. The main character was in the dark about most things and you learned slowly along with him. It maintained the scarry, dark mood of the piece.
Yes. he did a good job.
Magic may be hazardous to your health.
Very important note. This is the only book in the series that is on audio. The company dropped the author midway through the series due to poor sales. The series is excellent but you will wind up being left with questions that will never be answered as the author stated he doesn't really plan to take the series back up if he ever gets another book deal. Other than that the story is great and worth a listen.
Gritty urban fantasy
Yes, I have the paperback novel, and I was glad to get the audio version. I'll probably come back to it several times. I like the relationship between Ray Lilly and his boss, Annalise, and I like the way Ray deals with situations.
Annalise explaining to Ray what his job as a 'wooden man' actually means.
Rummel does an excellent job getting Ray's 'tone' and gave other characters just enough 'voice' without sounding like impressions or over-the-top accents. He sounds matter of fact enough to let you ride smoothly along with the story without ever being jarred out by 'acting'.
Yes, there is a scene near the end where Annalise lays into Ray about their work keeping the predators that rogue magicians call up from destroying the world, and how they can't afford pity, or mercy, and Ray comes to understand what living like that has done to her.
I think fans of the Dresden Files will like this book, though it's not quite as humorous. There are two additional books in the Twenty Palaces series, "Game of Cages" and "Circle of Enemies", and I hope to see them on Audible too.