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Just any warlock. Oh no, I'm a warlock for hire. Need magical assistance? I'm your guy. Whatever you need: spells, cures, or potions - I can provide. For a price.
My life gets a tad more difficult when one particular customer comes knocking. Enter Ashley Sheridan. She's sexy, mysterious, and in a whole lot of trouble. I should have turned her away, but I just can't resist a good mystery. So I poked my nose where it doesn't belong and landed myself in trouble with a malignant seer. I have to do as he says or people are going to die. I'm not really known for cooperation, so I'll just have to find a way to kill him, before he kills the people I care about.
But how do you beat a man who sees every move you make, before you've even decided to make it?
©2016 Sean Stone (P)2017 Sean Stone
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-15-18

Everything ties together neatly at the end

Warlock for Hire by Sean Stone is the first book in a series called Arcane Inc. Eddie Lancaster is a warlock for hire and he is a self-professed and unapologetic rude and annoying guy. Unlike most with magical abilities, he sells his skills as a warlock to anyone willing to pay him. He doesn’t ask questions. However, when an attractive woman, Ashley Sheridan, comes to him with a request, he is intrigued. When she comes back, he clearly sees that she’s in trouble and he loves to solve mysteries. And so, despite her insistence that he not get involved, Eddie falls hard into the dangerous mystery and suddenly his, Ashley’s, and other peoples’ lives are at risk.  He must figure out how to protect himself, Ashley and the people they love before his actions lead them to destruction.

This is generally a light and ultimately fun urban fantasy story. The characters are flat and Eddie is an immature guy, who is, as he himself professes, annoying and rude. But despite all of his failings, it is easy to root for his success even while rolling eyes at his behavior. Unfortunately, the main female character is generally a damsel in distress, which is frustrating. However, hints about the next books suggest that there will be other strong female characters as the series continues. The story is generally engaging as Eddie stumbles from one situation to the next and is balanced with action and his absurd inner monologue describing the world around him and explaining things through the fourth wall. Everything ties together neatly at the end of the story and leads into the next novel without a cliffhanger.

The narration by Hannibal Hills might well be why this book is so engaging. Without Hills' characterization of Eddie, Eddie may have easily just been too irritating and immature for me, personally. And so, I highly recommend choosing to listen to the audiobook over reading the written text, unless the reader typically enjoys characters like Eddie. The production quality was good. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a light and fast-paced urban fantasy novels.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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By TU on 12-27-17

Finally, a new Dresden-like series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Ok, so I REALLY enjoyed this one and will definitely seek out more in this series. The main character is definitely a long-lost brother to Harry Dresden! I liked the British take on Jim Butcher's world of wizards and mayhem. Well worth a listen.

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By Alan on 09-30-17

fairly good but fairly short,

the end felt a bit rushed, voice actor was good, please try not to change half way through the series.
I've listened to so many of these contemporary real world spooky world titles lately and this holds its own. guys pretty deep for a young whipper snappers though the selfish stupid impulsive stuff is definitely worth exploiting while the characters young. where's the side kicks need more sidekick saving his ass.

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By sue ward on 09-26-17

Loved it

Absolutely brilliant, I really enjoyed this story, Eddie Lancaster is a natural born warlock that hires out his services but when Ashley Sheridan comes to him he becomes more than a little intrigued by what has caused her to seek out his services and so starts an adventure of potions, spells and death threats, just who is Killian Myers and will Eddie survive finding out ?
I loved the way this book is written, Eddie narrating his own story, his thick skinned down to earth attitude infuses this story with some humour and sarcasm that makes it not only a great read but fantastic to listen to as an audiobook.

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