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.
©2016 Brad Magnarella (P)2016 Brad Magnarella
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"Indiana Jones meets Harry Potter"
~This review contains spoilers~
Absolutely. This was a great book and I truly enjoyed listening to the narrators rendition. There are very few books that I cannot stop listening too, but Demon Moon is now added to this list.
Demon Moon was a mix of Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. A wise cracking professor who happens to also be a wizard. That he lives in a post apocalyptic world makes his adventures all the more fun.
Tabitha was one of my favorite characters. Prof Croft describes his relationship with the cat as a begrudging marriage, where they hate each other but would be devastated if something were to happen to one or the other. I loved how Magnarella used Tabitha as a sounding board as well as a comic relief to Prof Crofts tumultuous life. She was great fun and showed her true loving allegiance.
The scene in Crofts classroom where he is describing his dissertation to his students was one of my favorites. His research and writing on the topic is so important later on in the story and I loved how the relevance shines through as the story progresses.
This was a great listen and one that I highly recommend. Though there will be more books in the series this wrapped up nicely, so you will not be left with gut wrenching cliff hangers.
I received this audio book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
I love adventurous professors! This well-written and superbly performed book reminds me of Indiana Jones who is a combination of Quincy Harker and Harry Dresden. It was an exciting adventure that provided enough back story to keep my interest and maintain story integrity. I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to more from Magnarella and (hopefully) Cronin.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
"Urban Fantasy Wizards 4ever <3"
I love urban fantasy. I love wizards. I love those things put together!
It's really hard not to make the obvious comparison here. Yeah, this one immediately reminded me of my favorite urban fantasy wizard. Other reviewers will tell you the same. There are similarities. There are *a lot* of similarities. Whether you love it or hate it because of that is up to you. Those similarities seem to intrigue some people and give others a distaste. It seems to vary from person to person.
Personally, I liked it, similarities or no. I liked Professor Croft for the same reason that I like Harry Dresden. He's witty at times, he gets into trouble a lot, and then gets back out of trouble with a magical flair. The story was engaging, not boring, and the mystery was mysterious enough that I didn't guess it somewhere around chapter 5.
Arnaud (I think this is how it's spelled? Audiobook, lol -.-) is a great character, and this narrator makes him so damn... vampiric. I mean... I know that's obvious, and the point, but I mean... the scene when Croft was so, so very nearly surrenders was so compelling, I think my jaw dropped and I just stared into space. If I wasn't in the privacy of my own house, I'm sure someone looking would have thought I was having a stroke. I. Was. Spellbound.
So, that said, I thought the narrator was quite good. He gave Croft a good voice and told his story well. He did accents well, and made each character unique.
In the end, I liked it quite a lot, but I didn't love it like I love Dresden. In Croft's defense though, I don't think it's really possible for me to love another UF wizard like I love Dresden... :) I definitely think I'll continue with this series.
I was voluntarily provided a free review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
This was a completely new take on the wizarding world
not really this one is pretty original, with the inclusion of religious demons and wizards.
he add the depth to the sarcastic nature of the professor
hell is overflowing, but only he knows, and hes the only one who can stop it.
"Smooth story, but felt stagnant"
The story was there, but the pacing was very slow. This book is 8 hours long and it took maybe a good 4-5 hours before anything good happen in the book.
He has a soothing voice and he has great pronunciation but it felt very monotone. That probably the book but I had a hard time keeping my attention.
"Derivative? Yes - but still good!"
Yes, there are comparisons to Butcher and his Dresden... but how can there *not* be, when the Dresden books essentially spawned this genre?
The story is fun and well written - the only drawback is the narrator. JPC can "read" well enough - but doesn't seem like he can "act" to save his life. And I'm not just talking about "character voices" - I mean, there's literally *no* connection emotionally between him and what he's reading... might as well be the lunch menu.
Honestly, I couldn't get through it - ended up just buying the kindle version and reading it on my own. If you like books in this genre, I recommend you do the same... read the book, skip the gawdawful "reader."
I really enjoyed it, a great supplement for the Dresden files. Fast phased and engaging. James Patrick Cronin does an exceptional job.
"Not so good"
I just wasn't impressed with a wizard whose butt i could kick. I didn't even enjoy him as a human being let alone a powerful wizard.
"My New Favorite Wizard!"
Finally there is a worthy replacement for Dresden. I have high hopes for this series. This scratches the itch I have had for years between Dresden books, but without a lot of the things that have always bothered me about the Dresden books. There is room for the author to grow, but it is a great beginning.
Fresh take on a popular genre. Main character is young, snarky and kind of left out on his own. Story line brings together likable and interesting characters. Does this story borrow from Dresden..... most certainly. However, the author has a fresh take on the characters. The narrator is a little disjointed at times, but overall does really well with all the different characters. Overall this was a great 1st book in a series. I know I will be getting the next one as soon as it's narrated.
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"recommend to jim butcher dresden fans"
I enjoyed it. this is a cross between a teeny bit of Indian a Jones meets a fair bit of Harry dresden but it works and I would definitely by future books in this series.
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