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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"Never a dull moment."
This book is about Prof Croft who is a wizard. Trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes. Even when he is told to leave things alone. He just can't. This book reminds me a lot of the Dresden books. I love these kind of books. If you like the Dresden you will like this one. I look forward to listening or reading more of these. The narration was fantastic. I received this audio book free for a honest opinion but it is work them money or credit.
"Bad knock off"
This is a terrible knock off of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. From his orange colored, snarky lab assistant, to the magical model of the city the rip off is obvious. The poorly explained near future setting is distracting and the one interesting thing the character's job as a prof is under utilized. Skip this one.
"Starts good, but quickly declines to mediocrity."
The books starts strong and interisting, sort of a dresden files light, with some differences. New York is in trouble as of a major financial crash, magic is actualy fairly known about with many people practicing openly, and people know there are supernatural things out there, even if a few people refuse to beleive.
The man character starts out decent enough as well, but quickly falls into the "mage with authority troubles" except this guy has no reason. His job is to help new practitioners who are summoning demons, likely accidental, or just dont know what they are getting into. He doesnt always succeed. After one time he was arrested as a shard of an incubus thats trapped in his soul took over after expending himself to hard, and got drunk at the scene of the crime and was arrested by the police as he was at the scene, with a coat of the victims blood on him. due to a lack of evidence he was let out on probation and has been towing that since.
Now he has been offered a chance to clear his name some by helping with an investigation, while also investigating mass demon summonings on the side. While being sloppy he is sighted at the scene of one of the murders, and the police begin to suspect him.
And here is the issue. There is absolutely NO reason why he shouldnt tell them just what he is and what he does, give them some proof, and possibly receive aid for what he is doing. Instead he bitches and moans like a 5 year old and makes a mess of everything. The character devolves into an obnoxious idiot who does stupid things for stupid reasons and it starts to get old fast. I havent finished the book just yet, but im getting SSOOO very close to just deleting it from my phone and getting a refund.
I really enjoyed it, a great supplement for the Dresden files. Fast phased and engaging. James Patrick Cronin does an exceptional job.
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
"Wizard Professor/Detective/Demon Hunter"
This was a surprisingly good book with a good overall setting and storyline. It reminded me of the Dresden Files with a crime-solving wizard. Magic, wizards, demons, paranormal creatures, and a murder mystery all rolled into one.
The story centers around the main character, Professor Everson Croft, a demon hunting wizard in a future New York City. Though not quite a dystopian novel, a financial crash has left NYC a mostly poverty-stricken, chaotic, and crime-ridden city. The unstable environment has allowed gangs, crime lords, and paranormal beings like vampires, ghouls, and other magical creatures to thrive. Looking for a way out of poverty, many are experimenting with dark magic and summoning spells. Croft’s primary job is teaching historical topics (often related to magic and the occult) at the local university, but at night he monitors the city for amateur conjurers summoning demonic entities and intervening before those dark beings can kill the summoner… or anyone else.
When amateurs begin summoning creatures that should be beyond their capability, people start dying, and his past encounters with law enforcement catch up with him, Croft finds himself torn between doing the right thing and doing what law enforcement and his magical superiors want him to do.
I thought that the author did a great job setting the scene with the dark, near-future NYC. I also liked his take on magic and supernatural creatures. The characters also seemed real and I appreciated how Croft is only your average, everyday wizard, not the stereotypical hero with unmatched magic and abilities.
The overall narration for the book was impressive. Just the right narrator for this book.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
"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.
"GREAT- if you miss Harry Dresden - read this."
For those of us who enjoy urban fantasy, and Harry Dresden then add this to your list. The story has all the elements that we enjoy. Magic action, Magic action on the fritz and while our favorite protagonist (Croft) is backed into a corner. Magic action on the fritz and while Croft is backed into a corner, and he is giving his Hail Mary. There is the Order who prohibits him from investigating. He has a powerful family legacy and the misuse of magic in his youth. He has his side-kick in the police detective department, who must make choices in belief and police procedures to keep the city safe. She, yes there is she,– started a murder division for things that bump in the night.
Croft has his little fan club around the city who herald him as their patron. Many in the police department revile him as a criminal behind all the crimes in the city. He has his fortress of solitude warded against intruders and a once evil foe who is imprisoned in his home and is now a surly companion.
Many of the spells names are the same as the Dresden. I remember the words used to invoke the spells are used to focus the will. Well, Croft and Dresden also share that in common. One of the difference seems to be that Croft has an actual job. We all know Harry is always short on a job and cash.
Yes, the magic action is good and often enough that it keeps you reading. The characters are engaging and funny. I enjoyed this and cannot wait for the next installment. My only disappointment, nothing is original.
There are many other male mage/wizard novels Yancy by James A. Hunter, Vincent by Nicholas Olivo, Alec by Adam J Wright, Shifter by Joshua Roots, Quincy by John G. Hartness. These are just a few of my favorites. Yes, I have made a “New Harry Dresden” reference in those reviews; That was based upon them being male mage/wizard novels; these books are more original.
For being an exact copy of Harry, I am only giving four stars for overall and three stars for story, which I am defining as originality.
So when you read this, know that you are getting an exact replication of the Dresden. Maybe later the Croft stories will take a different path. These are good.
Croft says “wizards make tempting targets, especially the wise-ass kind.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this and listened to it in a day!
I think the thing that made me love this book so much was Croft! He is a professor by day, wizard by night! He was witty, brave, got into trouble a lot, didn't really follow the rules and was a really easy character to like! I know a lot of reviewers have likened him to Harry Dresden but since I haven't read those books, I can't comment on that!
Plot wise, this was a really engaging and fast paced read. Basically we see Croft trying to find out who is conjuring some pretty heavy duty demons into the world and why? It has everything a good urban fantasy should... plenty of action, magic, demons, vampires etc! It was well written and developed and the world building was solid enough.
Overall I loved this and can't wait to read more. I definitely want to find out more about Croft!! More about his Demon and about his cat!! This is a great time for a prequel ;)
*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
"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.
"An adequate member of the urban fantasy genre."
The book is fairly standard fare for the genre. The moniker of Prof Croft made me cringe for starters but that thankfully didn't reflect the tone of the book which was more mature. It was well written it's some good ideas but feels a bit hackneyed. That could be because it's a first book, and in many ways books like the first Dresden Files suffered the same way. However, it didn't really shine and didn't flesh out as well as it could have.
The narrator was fine. Just not enough oomph, and needed to emote a bit more especially through the spell casting!
Overall, an average book that won't disappoint but will soon fade into memory. I might try book 2 when I've run out of other books.
"Finally, something similar to Dresden files"
This series enters the select club of Dresden files and Alex Verus. I like that some of the elements are so familiar that there is no need for lenghty explanations. Fast paced, good narrator and good story.
"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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