Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste - a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon - which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown.
But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims' eyes with magic. Now the victims are piling up, including the daughter of a senator, and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again.
There's only one clue he's got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn't watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics.
©2015 David B. Coe (P)2014 Audible Inc.
So tired of seeing books peddled with "if you like Dresden Files then you'll love this book".I gave this book a try mainly because I am desperate for something fresh and original that is written with skill and maturity and because it was narrated by Bronson Pinchot. That being said, I was sorely disappointed. The main character, Justis, is a PI with his own office and a listing in the phone book. Not too much different then Dresden. He has a female cop as a partner, like Dresden. He drives a unique car with a pet name, like Dresden. His mother is dead, under circumstances that are not really clear, like Dresden. His new found girl friend is a reporter of sorts, like Dresden. He hasn't had successful relationships, like Dresden. He's poor and lives paycheck to paycheck, like Dresden. His apartment door is damaged by his enemy, like Dresden. He has a spirit for a mentor, like Dresden. He is subjected to a spell that attacks the heart just like a spell used in...wait for it...the first book in the Dresden Files. There is a problematic street drug "Spark" much like "ThreeEye" which is in the first Dresden book. How do people honestly write a review saying this book is new and innovative?There's only a smidge at an attempt to originality by the author by creating his own brand of magic and it wasn't well done. Folks who give this book rave reviews are apparently confused because it isn't really clear what kind of magic user Justis is. Reviewers call him a wizard when clearly that was the one term that was not used to describe what exactly a weremyste is. Is he a sorcerer? A conjurer? An enchanter? A crafter? All these terms were used to describe Justis and others who used magic. Druids were mentioned but it's not made clear if they also fall into the weremyste category. The most often and confusing descriptor was runecaster. How can you be a runecaster and not even carry runes? But scrying stones are a tool of the trade? To add to the confusion there are runemystes, a ghost or spirit, who are not described as having originally been weremystes before they were sacrificed (by the runeclave) but at least one runemyste had been a druid. Confused yet? And I just can't swallow the idea of a were-magician, it's just so corny. Is a myste a cutsie variation on mystic? That would really clear up the confusion wouldn't it? I was so shocked when the term Adept was used..and not to describe a magic user. Maybe the author never read Piers Anthony?The magic system of weremystes was so contrived and unexciting. The term 'elements' substituted for 'components' really made the method of casting a spell sooo original. Not. Casting and conjuring used interchangeably. There were wards on this and wardings on that, deflection spells and reflection spells and assailing spells Oh my! Every time I heard "assailing spell" it sounded like a sailing. Let's go a sailing for a spell. Hang on, Sloop. Sloop, hang on. Gah.For those who still want to give this book a try I did find the interaction between Justis and his father enjoyable. It gave me hope that the book would get batter. I almost didn't get past chapter 10 because the magic system and repetition of the word weremyste was just such a turn off. Bronson Pichot has a very unique and deep voice and I love the performances he gives but in this case it seemed he was a bit slow and his voice lower than normal. Fearing the book would never end I turned my audible app setting to 1.25 on the reader speed and it did help to make the voice and character mesh.Will I read the rest of this series? No. I've already read the Dresden Files many times over. I'm not interested in reading someone else's version of it.
David B. Coe, who also writes under the name D.B. Jackson for his Thieftaker books, has hit a home run with this book. He takes the getting stale trope of the wizard/magic user detective and reinvigorates it with a novel about a Weremyst, which is a wizard who's magic and sanity wax and wane under the moons cycles. During a full moon, the Weremyst is at his most powerful, but has no restraints at all, becoming completely sociopathic, requiring them to be locked up and isolated during the full moon. In fact, Weremyst's don't usually live to a ripe old age, since it slowly drives them insane, with symptoms disturbingly like Alzheimer's. The main character, Justis, is a PI, a former cop who had to quit since he couldn't work his schedule around the full moon. Now, he takes Investigation cases, and controls his cycles by locking himself in his house on the full moon. He is on the lookout for a magic user who is one of his old police cases, a serial killer known as the Blind Angel, who has killed a Senator's daughter among others, and who if not stopped, will keep piling up the bodies. Can Justis fight his own nature and keep control long enough to stop the killer? Read it and find out, you won't be disappointed. Bronson Pinchot's Narration is first rate as always, really bringing the characters to life, and making you wish there was more book. Any fans of Urban Fantasy, especially a slightly grittier kind, will really enjoy this.
A perfect blend of story and narrator. So many times the right narrator can elevate a story from merely entertaining to really great or on the other hand a mediocre narrator can also make the story mediocre. Bronson does a great job despite a very few mispronunciations of southwestern places. My first David b Coe story, I could not stop listening. I found I really liked the characters which is most important to me. I will be listening again! Hoping for more!
I found the characters to be so irritating. The main character made so many dumb decisions. Bronson pichot's performance was lovely as always, but he only had annoying dialog to work with. I found myself hoping the bad guy won. It was like a not good Dresden Files.
It was an interesting story. I agree with other reviewers that this is a Harry Dresden clone. The thing is, I've never felt a need to skip to the end with Dresden. I skipped the last three hours of Spell Blind and don't feel like I missed anything. Finding the protagonist at the scene of the crime being questioned by police is not unusual in this genre. Finding it happening over and over and over without so much as a slap on the wrist, gets old fast.
It's not a bad book. It just needs a bit of editing so it doesn't drag.
face paced, well written story with the back story nicely woven in. the type of book you can listen to in one sitting.
A thoroughly enjoyable book. I love how the author drew you in and enough action character development and plot to make everything fantastic. Loved it!
The voice sounds like the voice of a much older man. When I started listening, I assumed the main character was in his late 50's/early 60's due to the voice. I had a hard time re-thinking it when it came out that he's 30 something. The story is good, so I'll buy the next one in the series, but consider getting a different reader for upcoming books in the series.
It need to be more complex.
Never listened to David B. Coe's books before.
Bronson Pinchot wasn't the problem, the story was-
I am not going to lie, I feel like I should have been paid to have read this. Not that it was totally bad, but it should never be compared to the Dresden Files! I do believe that the author mirrored some of the key "jewels" of the Dresden Files.
The story was like a middle school read. You know how you use to take lunch outside on the steps reading a book and you have the "cheese sandwich" smell wafting out of the school! Yep, this is a cheesy read! Justis didn't whine as much as a lot of reviews said but he was too one dimensional to make me even like or listen to him. I kept find myself wonder what I would cook for dinner or which class I was going to do at the gym! That is how boring he is. The supporting characters are just as bad and lack any kind of emotion at all! Well, maybe his ex-partner; what’s her name….yep….nope. See that is how I feel about all the characters, they are forgettable and lacking layers! And the falling in love part was werid also, they fall in love very quick and even that was dry!!! The plot was will predictable and again missing something. The only really good thing about this book was mist part (or however you spell it). I might give this series another try, but haven’t decided yet
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