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Max Abaddon and the Purity Law…Book 2 of the Max Abaddon series.

Twelve months ago, Max was living what one would consider a normal life. That is, until he learned he was a little more than your average 30-year-old. Together with a team of eclectic mages working out of an estate known as the Atheneum, they destroyed the Fountain of Youth and stopped a plot to disrupt the upcoming talks about the magical and Ethereal communities coming out to the normal world, known as "The Balance", but only for the time being. 

Since then, things have been quiet. Max has been settling into his new nine to five job with the transitions office, a division of the National Council of Traditional Sciences (N.C.T.S.), registering Mages and Ethereals alike in preparation for the inevitable Balance. Unfortunately, things don't remain quiet for long. With his powers starting to finally take shape, the magical community realizes that Max is not your normal run-of-the mill junior mage. Max is faced with new challenges in his training and for that matter, his career, when he is visited by an old acquaintance hell bent on exposing what the transitions office true purpose is. His new job may not be as simple as it seems, as Max decides to rally the team at the Atheneum to investigate why the registration information he is gathering is needed, and even worse, what it's being used for.

Together with his most trusted pixie comrade, Petro at his side, Max realizes the group that they ran into a year ago is back. As he perfects his powers under the leadership of his new sponsor, will Max and the team be able to stop the Thule society and ensure the talks for "The Balance" are carried through? Will he end up learning the true nature of the transitions office? Again most importantly, will Max find time for a drink or two at his favorite bar, the Fallen Angel? 

Fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Benedict Jacka, Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey, Shayne Silvers, Patricia Briggs, and BR Kingsolver will not want to miss this latest addition to the urban fantasy scene!

©2020 Justin Leslie (P)2021 Justin Leslie

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Amazingly addictive!

Still reeling from the first books, The Purity Law looks to be setting up for a spectacular series! I can't wait for book 3!

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Fantastic sequel

The story picks up about a year after Max Abaddon and the Will ended. Max is working for the transitions office, a division of the National Council of Traditional Sciences (N.C.T.S.), registering Mages and Ethereals to prepare for the Balance. Things get complicated when he registers a demon.

Max lives at the Atheneum, the estate he inherited from his grandfather. He has spent the year working to control his fire magic. Max, Petro, and the others were present. The author introduced a few new characters and we gain more knowledge about the estate, world, council and Max’s abilities.

This novel was stronger than its predecessor, in part because the author laid the groundwork allowing for a faster, smoother pace. This gave way for the further development of key characters and relationships. Speaking of relationships, a certain female has caught Max’s eye and we see the beginnings of something.

It seems the registration is being used for more than just the Balance, and it will be up to Max and his friends to solve the mystery and foil their enemies. If they don’t get him first. I became swept up in the case and enjoyed the nail-biting action scenes and interactions between this motley group.

The author perfectly balances the story with humor, suspense, and the team.

Once again, Luke Daniels narrates. His talents offered creative voices for each character. His tone and pacing enhanced the story and aided in bringing the world Leslie created to life. I cannot wait for the next book!

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Max is at it again!

I had a fantastic time with this book! I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I was eager go along with Max on his next adventure. This is the second book in the Max Abaddon series which I would recommend reading in order if at all possible. This was one of those books that I wanted to listen to for hours at a time.

This book picks up shortly after the events in the previous installment. Max and his friends are working the registry when someone new comes in to register. No big deal right? Wrong, it turns out this new registration is a very big deal. Before you know it, all kinds of people are involved and things get very complicated. Max is still figuring out all of his powers and we learn so pretty important information about his family which explains a lot of things. Meanwhile, the magical community is planning to come out to the general population.

I found this book to be really exciting and I loved the thread of humor that runs through the story. Max continues to grow as a character and the supporting characters are very well done. There is quite a bit of action worked into the story which I really appreciated.

Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with this series. I love all of the different voices that he uses for Max and the other supporting characters. He has such a big range and he puts it to good use in this book. I think that he added a lot of excitement to the story and his delivery of the more humorous sections was top-notch. I feel like the narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this series to others. I think that this is a very well done series with fantastic characters and a whole lot of excitement. I cannot wait to read more of this wonderful series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.

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So K

It was ok, and Luke does a fantasy job. BUT everyone should ask while listening or reading this book, Why? Why is Max doing what he is doing, he basically a noob in the mage world and yet he is doing and putting up with crap that someone of his level should not be doing. Why put up with the council bs, just walk away and tell them to f-off.

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buy now.

started this series a week ago and I'm hooked. Can't wait for next one to come out.

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  • 05-08-21

Brilliant

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.
Just as good as the 1st book, perfectly suited characters, the old familiar ones, and a heep load of fun and adventure. It's whitty, fun, and a great listen, a nice pace that keeps you nicely engaged, again great detail and depth.
The narration is as you'd expect from the talented Luke Daniels.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone.

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  • Luke Watkins (VFC)
  • 04-15-21

Brilliant!!!!!

Wow I’ve struggled to find books that can really pull me in and get excited but this book is definitely doing the trick. Luke Daniels performance makes a great story legendary. Only just finished the book and can’t wait for the next one.