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Publisher's Summary

Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself.
He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff - the mage ruling body where he used to work as a fix-it man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient fae creature from the nether regions of Winter, and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can't seem to heed good sense and leave things be.
Nothing's ever easy though. Turns out, the kidnapping is just the tip of one big ol' iceberg of pain and trouble. It seems some nefarious force is working behind the scenes to try and unhinge the tenuous balance between the supernatural nations and usher in a new world order. So now, if Yancy ever hopes to see the bottom of another beer bottle, he's gonna have to partner up with an FBI agent - an agent who's been hunting him for years - in order to bring down a nigh-immortal, douchebag mage from a different era. And to top it off, Yancy's gonna have to pull it off without his magical powers...Boy, some days just aren't worth getting out of bed for.
©2015 James A. Hunter & Shadow Alley Press Inc. (P)2015 James A. Hunter & Shadow Alley Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-15-18

Harry Dresden eat your heart out

Man, oh man. Where has this series been? How had I missed it? This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read. It just plays out so wonderfully, and the character of Yancy Lazarus is so compelling. I mean this series carries real weight, it has depth, and you will care about the characters more than you will believe.

Yancy gets depowered, and then must face some real inner demon type stuff; stuff that might just lead to him becoming a bad guy. A really bad guy. He ends up doing a walk about through alternate parallel tiimelines, and learns that sometimes the worst enemy you can have is yourself.

This series continues to improve with every book. The characterization grows with every page, and you do get to see growth and change occuring as things move forward. As I've said before, Yancy becoms more and more real, and his plight will become yours. I am not an emotional guy, but I did get choked up once or twice, and this is only the SECOND book!!!!

As Urban Fantasy goes this is stuff top shelf stuff. I pute it against Harry Dresden and Nate Temple without any qualms. What I really like is that it isn't strictly an action foward type of story. Yes it has action, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If you love magic, Urban Fantasy, are a fan of the Dresden Files or John Constantine, then you will want to put this book in fron of your eyes and set to reading at once. If you don't then you are selling youself short of a great literary escape!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 06-04-16

Best narrator for Yancy

Yancy is clearly his own person despite working in the same kind of urban fantasy world as Dresden and Mercy Thompson, and has his own snarky brand of sarcasm/humor. The action is fast, the imagery extremely clear, and the characters certainly are. Each of the two books I've read are different and easily stand alone, but are so interesting that they are very hard to put down.
Charlie is PERFECT for Yancy!

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