Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself.
He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff - the mage ruling body where he used to work as a fix-it man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient fae creature from the nether regions of Winter, and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can't seem to heed good sense and leave things be.
Nothing's ever easy though. Turns out, the kidnapping is just the tip of one big ol' iceberg of pain and trouble. It seems some nefarious force is working behind the scenes to try and unhinge the tenuous balance between the supernatural nations and usher in a new world order. So now, if Yancy ever hopes to see the bottom of another beer bottle, he's gonna have to partner up with an FBI agent - an agent who's been hunting him for years - in order to bring down a nigh-immortal, douchebag mage from a different era. And to top it off, Yancy's gonna have to pull it off without his magical powers...Boy, some days just aren't worth getting out of bed for.
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I love science fiction. I love the reluctant hero. Characters that try to do the right thing no matter what.
I like a hero who makes mistakes and isn't flawless.
Our hero doesn't want the limelight, knows his limitations and is realistic about the choices he made.
No. At first I was annoyed by his narration but like the main character, he grew on me. Now I doubt anyone else could be Yancy's voice.
No, I like to spread it out. Sometimes I replay some chapters as I go while trying to follow some of the more complex plot lines.
Pretty good read. Just got the next one and am looking forward to listening.
For me this was better than the 1st book. Thought the story and narration were simply better than the first. In this genre it's very hard to be original, so the story has to be good or it's just gonna be compared to the dozen or so similar series out there. Kudos to the author and narrator.
Yancy is clearly his own person despite working in the same kind of urban fantasy world as Dresden and Mercy Thompson, and has his own snarky brand of sarcasm/humor. The action is fast, the imagery extremely clear, and the characters certainly are. Each of the two books I've read are different and easily stand alone, but are so interesting that they are very hard to put down.
Charlie is PERFECT for Yancy!
I like this book even more than the last and look forward to getting the next one as soon as it is put out on audible. if I get impatient I'll pick up the ebook but I want to listen to this at work so I'll wait.
This book series is starting to get better the first was good with the banter and ok on the story and some of the conversations but this has a really good story plus a little banter that made me laugh if you listen pay close attention when the FBI agent starts in on our "Hero" , can't wait for the next one the narrator is really good up there with some of the better ones.
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