Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste - a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon - which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown.
But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims' eyes with magic. Now the victims are piling up, including the daughter of a senator, and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again.
There's only one clue he's got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn't watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics.
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I know better - If you like Dreden Files = Ripoff
So tired of seeing books peddled with "if you like Dresden Files then you'll love this book".I gave this book a try mainly because I am desperate for something fresh and original that is written with skill and maturity and because it was narrated by Bronson Pinchot. That being said, I was sorely disappointed. The main character, Justis, is a PI with his own office and a listing in the phone book. Not too much different then Dresden. He has a female cop as a partner, like Dresden. He drives a unique car with a pet name, like Dresden. His mother is dead, under circumstances that are not really clear, like Dresden. His new found girl friend is a reporter of sorts, like Dresden. He hasn't had successful relationships, like Dresden. He's poor and lives paycheck to paycheck, like Dresden. His apartment door is damaged by his enemy, like Dresden. He has a spirit for a mentor, like Dresden. He is subjected to a spell that attacks the heart just like a spell used in...wait for it...the first book in the Dresden Files. There is a problematic street drug "Spark" much like "ThreeEye" which is in the first Dresden book. How do people honestly write a review saying this book is new and innovative?There's only a smidge at an attempt to originality by the author by creating his own brand of magic and it wasn't well done. Folks who give this book rave reviews are apparently confused because it isn't really clear what kind of magic user Justis is. Reviewers call him a wizard when clearly that was the one term that was not used to describe what exactly a weremyste is. Is he a sorcerer? A conjurer? An enchanter? A crafter? All these terms were used to describe Justis and others who used magic. Druids were mentioned but it's not made clear if they also fall into the weremyste category. The most often and confusing descriptor was runecaster. How can you be a runecaster and not even carry runes? But scrying stones are a tool of the trade? To add to the confusion there are runemystes, a ghost or spirit, who are not described as having originally been weremystes before they were sacrificed (by the runeclave) but at least one runemyste had been a druid. Confused yet? And I just can't swallow the idea of a were-magician, it's just so corny. Is a myste a cutsie variation on mystic? That would really clear up the confusion wouldn't it? I was so shocked when the term Adept was used..and not to describe a magic user. Maybe the author never read Piers Anthony?The magic system of weremystes was so contrived and unexciting. The term 'elements' substituted for 'components' really made the method of casting a spell sooo original. Not. Casting and conjuring used interchangeably. There were wards on this and wardings on that, deflection spells and reflection spells and assailing spells Oh my! Every time I heard "assailing spell" it sounded like a sailing. Let's go a sailing for a spell. Hang on, Sloop. Sloop, hang on. Gah.For those who still want to give this book a try I did find the interaction between Justis and his father enjoyable. It gave me hope that the book would get batter. I almost didn't get past chapter 10 because the magic system and repetition of the word weremyste was just such a turn off. Bronson Pichot has a very unique and deep voice and I love the performances he gives but in this case it seemed he was a bit slow and his voice lower than normal. Fearing the book would never end I turned my audible app setting to 1.25 on the reader speed and it did help to make the voice and character mesh.Will I read the rest of this series? No. I've already read the Dresden Files many times over. I'm not interested in reading someone else's version of it.
A great new entry into the Urban Fantasy landscape
- Steve H. Caldwell