Magic Eater is the first book in The Dark Lake series from Uncanny Kingdom and it certainly set a high bar in terms of storyline (which is outrageously fun) and characters (using the term colorful is beyond inadequate). It is set in the town of Keswick in the Lake District (northwest England) which is the proud home of The Cumberland Pencil Museum (for those who wish to know the complete history of the venerable pencil). While that sounds like a picturesque and charming English countryside setting, unfortunately for the main character, Joseph Lake, there are also some monstrous new denizens making their presence felt by leaving a trail of bloody corpses in their wake. Joe is a hospital janitor/handyman who is still grappling with the fact that something happened to him ten years ago which left him with no memories of his life prior to being found face down, naked except for a single sock, near a lake. Joe, much to his dismay, discovers he harbors some mystifying magical powers. This discovery sets him on the path to becoming a reluctant and somewhat unlikely hero in this fast-paced, action-filled, frequently hilarious quest to expose the horrifying plans of the newly arrived death-dealing monsters while, hopefully, discovering some portion of his lost past.
The audiobook version of this story was superbly narrated by Dave Jones who brought this delightful urban fantasy to life. The pace, the tone, the various characters, and the humor were brilliantly represented in his reading.
Bottom line: this is an awesome urban fantasy filled with snark, sarcasm and wit that made me laugh out loud, kept me entertained, and kindled a fervent desire to tag along on more adventures with Joe and his new posse of paranormal peacekeepers.
While I did purchase a copy of this book, I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author and I am voluntarily offering my honest and unbiased review.