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Off Leash

Freelance Familiars, Book 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
Series: Freelance Familiars, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins

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Thomas wanted a simple, stable existence, but saddled with unemployment, an absentee girlfriend, and the impending unpaid rent, change is hurtling down on him whether he likes it or not. Following the sudden murder of his strange elderly neighbor, he awakens on the wrong side of the Veil transformed into a mountain lion, and thrust into a dangerous world of magic.

Thomas must team up with a disgraced inquisitor and a pyromaniac squirrel to dodge the fate pushed upon him by haughty mages, manipulative union leaders, and violent werewolves. Does Thomas have the will to take control of his life through wit and claw to become the first Freelance Familiar?

Off Leash is the first book in Daniel Potter’s Freelance Familiars series, a humorous adventure story beset by immoral mages and fast-talking animals. If you enjoyed the Dresden Files and want an overtone of Discworld, you’ll love this rollicking urban fantasy adventure.

Dig in your claws, brace for impact, and buy this story right now!

©2015 Daniel Potter (P)2019 Daniel Potter

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  • Laurie Lavelle
  • 11-02-2019

It started rough but improved

This book was a little hard to start, but once the story got rolling there was a lot of really enjoyable action and intrigue.

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  • superstardrifter
  • 20-05-2019

Great listen!

This was a fun book, with a very interesting premise.

Thomas Khatt is a regular guy in a regular town when suddenly his secretly-magical neighbor dies, and he wakes up the next day as a cougar. He’s in a magical world and is a familiar, an animal companion to a magus. Usually they are auctioned off and bonded to some apprentice or other, but Thomas has other ideas, because eff all that noise. He’s not bonding to anyone forever, but to stay freelance, he’ll have to help the local magical detectives solve the murder of his neighbor the Archmagus.

Yep. Interesting premise, as I said.

This book made me chuckle quite a few times, and any book that does that is generally looking to be a pretty good book. It was well written, well paced and the mystery stayed a mystery throughout most of the book. I was more interested in seeing Thomas navigate this new and mysterious world with his new and sometimes-awkward feline body than I was interested in the whodunnit, but that didn’t make this book any less interesting.

Thomas was a character that I could easily cheer for, as his whole world is suddenly thrown into chaos, and everything is magical, there are pyromaniac squirrels and fanatic werewolves, among other things. Some of the background characters were often hilarious, but never stole the show, so to speak.

The narrator, Jonathan Waters, did a pretty great job in my opinion. He made each character unique and made the story come to life. Some of the accents seemed a little forced, but this book has a lot of accents peppered through it, and so for someone to do more than one capably is actually quite amazing to me just for starters.

So, all told, this was a quick, fun listen that served to make a nice Sunday afternoon of listening and giggling while I worked on a cross stitch.

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  • Silverwolf
  • 15-04-2019

Purrfect

This was an incredible ride. I just wish the next book was out so I could have more of it..

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  • Rene Alcantar
  • 15-03-2019

If you have a pet cat you'll love this

A really unique take on wizards and witches, magical orders and familiars. By the end of it the world feels like it's being fleshed out. There is murder mystery detective vibe going on but the mix between that and exploring the world is really well done. The interactions between Thomas, the wizards and other familiars is really enjoyable to be a part of. Would recommend to lovers of cats, familiars and magic.

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  • Robert Folk
  • 10-06-2019

A fun read that's enjoyable from beginning to end.

The book doesn't waste any time getting into the main point of the book, setting up the main hook very quickly, and very little of the exposition isn't relevant to things to come. I initially worried that the short introduction would leave little connection between the event before and after, but the story does an excellent job maintaining and building that connection throughout the entire book.
The characters felt fleshed out, and the mystery kept me interested all the way to the end. Overall a very enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading the next books.

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  • Justin
  • 08-02-2019

Slow start

slow start. No other complaints. An interesting take on the hole wizard familiar Bond and stuff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2019

Awesome funny story

A pretty fun story with a confused human turned Mountain Lion, a wisecracking pyromaniac squirrel, political backstabbing amongst wizards, a family of werewolves and a dragon too! I'm glad I rolled the dice on this book!

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  • Kindar
  • 15-07-2019

how wonderful it is to be a cat

Thomas Kats wakes up as a four legged cougar one morning, and his life gets progressively more complicated after that.

Off Leash is an interesting take on a somewhat tired urban fantasy trope; magic exist along side the mundane, but the mundane is kept from noticing it by "the veil". what makes it interesting is that the story isn't told from a wizard's PoV, but from a familiar, which allowsy Daniel to explore exactly why wizards have familiars.

the story is well paced and has a few twists which, while not entirely surprising, are well handled. The characters, principal and secondary, have well developed personalities and are fun to watch as they get out of trouble, or cause it.

I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.