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Just any warlock. Oh no, I'm a warlock for hire. Need magical assistance? I'm your guy. Whatever you need: spells, cures, or potions - I can provide. For a price.
My life gets a tad more difficult when one particular customer comes knocking. Enter Ashley Sheridan. She's sexy, mysterious, and in a whole lot of trouble. I should have turned her away, but I just can't resist a good mystery. So I poked my nose where it doesn't belong and landed myself in trouble with a malignant seer. I have to do as he says or people are going to die. I'm not really known for cooperation, so I'll just have to find a way to kill him, before he kills the people I care about.
But how do you beat a man who sees every move you make, before you've even decided to make it?
‘I have no one to blame but myself’ for reading this, and I’m sure glad I did, lol! Warlock for Hire was amusing and entertaining with an interesting storyline, and hard to put down until I finished. This is book one of Arcane Inc series by Sean Stone, and I was pleased that the book had a conclusion to the main storyline. There is a continuing arc that will lead into the rest of the series obviously, but the main focus of Warlock for Hire was resolved and had a solid ending. I always appreciate a complete story per book within a series, thanks Sean! I don’t believe in comparing books (every one is different, so ‘apples and oranges’), however I will just say that this book had a similar feel to Hearne’s Iron Druid, Butcher’s Dresden Files, Jonas’s Half Assed Wizard and Jacka’s Alex Verus series. They’re all great fun, and it’s always wonderful to see more authors adding to an exciting and fun genre.
Eddie Lancaster is a warlock for hire. Eddie is a self-confessed jerk and a straight-up dog, unapologetically so, but he still manages to be an enjoyable character. In all honesty, I think the author has been pretty realistic with Eddie’s inner monologue, as I don’t think most people would come across as very noble if we were all privy to their inner-most thoughts. Eddie is a decently fleshed out character. Sean has managed to give him a backstory, yet still maintain some mystery about Eddie’s past, so there is more to explore there. The story was fast and exciting with some mysterious elements to keep the reader guessing. Eddie’s latest client, Ashley Sheridan brings big trouble to Eddie’s door in the dangerous form of millionaire Killian Myers and Eddie is suddenly in way over his head. Sean has created lots of cool avenues to explore and expand as the series progresses. I'm looking forward to finding out exactly what kind of favour a very old vampire would request. I also think a future cameo by Jeffery could be interesting.
Narration: Han Hills' voice acting was great. The narrative was first person, so it was important that Han really embodied Eddie’s character. Han delivered, and his portrayal of Eddie’s sarcasm and snark was bang on. He did a fine job of defining all the characters’ voices and keeping the action riveting right up till the end. I hope Han continues to be the voice of Eddie, he was a hoot to listen to!
PS. I loved the reference to the Barnum effect. I was familiar with the technique, but hadn’t encountered the term (or its history) before. Always great to learn something new!
For those who like to know... there is violence and profanity. The profanity suits the characters and the story line, and is not overdone. There is no sex.
I received Warlock for Hire: Arcane Inc., Book 1 free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Eddie isn’t just some warlock. As you already know, he’s a warlock for hire. Simple offers and an easy job don’t scare him. And then some sexy trouble enters his life. Or, better to say, he intrudes into her life. All good things, all his goals, and even moves are already known by someone else. So, what you’ll do in such a case: drop it off and run or try to save lives?
And here we have a cool story by Sean Stone. This isn’t about boring running in circles and trying to save every single person in a world. Eddie is self-confident, he is a real man, and no one, even one of the most powerful man, can turn him into a chicken. Eddie steps into the dangerous game.
What makes this book worth spending time on it?
1 – All set in our time and world. So, this is for urban fantasy lovers. Like City of Bones? Don’t miss this one!
2 – Nice characters. Not that they are pretty. Oh, no… They are rude, have plenty of unexpected sides, problems and abilities. But they are alive and to say the truth I can’t imagine somebody sweet in this setting. Everybody right on their places. Communications and conversations are perfect!
3 – Eddie. He can be irritative, cynical, silly, but he’s a real man. He promised – he has done. He is the center of the story and exactly through him the story was made so cool.
4 – Storyline. All this magic stuff was so accurate integrated into a surrounding world that if it had happened you wouldn’t have noticed anything. During the quest, Eddie meets different people, visits different places, and still, he’s in the real world that doesn’t disappear just because of some warlock. The story takes us at the edge. It has a high dynamic, everything happens quickly and there's no time to sit and solve some clues. It also plays some nerve when getting more acquainted with heroes. Here Sherlock Holmes (with Robert Downey Jr.) and The Dresden Files meet.
5 – Narrated by: Han Hills. This man made an excellent work! Due to his narration, this story is marvelous.
Don't take it close to the heart. Eddie is a warlock. And he's selfish.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Kept my attention and, while the main character is far from sympathetic (and often a total sleaze), it was still a fun start to a new series. Apart from a few plot points that I didn't buy, the characters and conflict were very entertaining. Lots of humor, action, and no romance (thank you, Mr. Stone). Would definitely recommend.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
A warlock who sells his services for a small fee. In this story he's met his match. Ashley comes to him with a huge problem. A certain someone wants something from her because he saw it in a vision. She doesn't have the ability alone to make it happen.
It's a combination of mystery and silly and kept me entertained throughout. The story is told as if he's telling you the story one on one. I wasn't so sure about that at first but it grew on me quickly and I completely enjoyed the story. It has a strong plot, moves smoothly from one chapter to the next and has enough humor it kept me in stitches.
I recieved this free for an honest review.
Eddie promotes himself as a natural warlock with scruples, values, and magical lines that should not be crossed. Well, for the most part, Eddie’s self assessment would be considered accurate... sort of. Eddie admits he is not perfect, has his own view of the world ... Magical or otherwise.
Eddie sells magical products and services. He tries to be a good “person” about it. Many warlocks must do nasty things to produce results that Eddie can achieve without the nasty. So, when a sweet girl reluctantly asks for his help, Eddie obliges. However, when she returns days later to have the deed undone, seeming even more reluctant than the first time, Eddie feels the need to get involved. He discovers why she was so upset, to his own detriment. He is coerced into helping her do something nasty. Can Eddie use his wit, his charm, his magic ... to save the girl, himself, their loved ones?
This story is fun. Not only is it a mystery set in magic, Eddie is a Warlock with an edge. His view in the world has a real WTF attitude. Yes, there is the odd “cuss” word, but used sparingly and used for just the right emphasis. Han Hills’ narration is great for this story. A U.K. accent that is easy on the ear, yet the perfect voice for Eddie’s smart ass attitude. I totally recommend this book if you enjoy magic, Mayhem, and humour.
I received this book free from eblast, the author, and publisher. In exchange for my unbiased opinion. I really enjoyed it, fun character, and entertaining story. I recommend it.
I enjoyed the story very much, but I wish the author had gone more into the way the magic worked.
Eddie Lancaster, the hero of the book, is a bit of a jerk. Don't believe me? Just ask him. He pretty much comes right out at the beginning of the book and freely admit its, lol. But thankfully he's a likable jerk. Warlock for Hire is the first entry in the Arcane Inc. series, and it manages to successfully hit the tropes we find in many urban fantasy novels these days. Our hero is a snarky warlock who deep down is a pretty good guy who lives by his own set of rules. We don't get the full backstory on him, but we get plenty of hints about his early life, which I assume will be explored further in future volumes. Without posting any major spoilers, the main story revolves around his attempt to help a mysterious woman who enters his life looking for help. The story has plenty of action and humor, as you'd expect from an urban fantasy, and I was entertained from start to finish. I do think the story was a little heavy on breaking the 4th wall, but that was a stylistic choice on the author's part. I know there are more books in the series, which I hope will also eventually be recorded for audio.
Han Hills once again does a very good job of bringing the story and characters to life. His reading totally nailed Eddie's carefree attitude.
I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.
A funny, snarky airlock, a couple of big baddies, throw in a witch or two and you have one great story. Add a perfect narrator and a cup of tea, it all adds up to a night to remember. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
Eddie is a sardonic and arrogant leading character. The story though good needed to explain less and just have the characters do. Plenty of action to keep my wayward attention. I found too many similarities with Jim Butcher’s character, Harry Dresden, to rate the story higher than three stars. The narrator did a good job but was a bit over the top with voice inflections at times. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
the end felt a bit rushed, voice actor was good, please try not to change half way through the series.
I've listened to so many of these contemporary real world spooky world titles lately and this holds its own. guys pretty deep for a young whipper snappers though the selfish stupid impulsive stuff is definitely worth exploiting while the characters young. where's the side kicks need more sidekick saving his ass.
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Absolutely brilliant, I really enjoyed this story, Eddie Lancaster is a natural born warlock that hires out his services but when Ashley Sheridan comes to him he becomes more than a little intrigued by what has caused her to seek out his services and so starts an adventure of potions, spells and death threats, just who is Killian Myers and will Eddie survive finding out ?
I loved the way this book is written, Eddie narrating his own story, his thick skinned down to earth attitude infuses this story with some humour and sarcasm that makes it not only a great read but fantastic to listen to as an audiobook.
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In modern Britain, life is pretty normal unless you count the supernatural and magic present.
Its where we begin our story with a Natural warlock called Eddie making a living by selling his powers to those in need for a price.
Eddie is very much accepting of his place and role he plays in life and as such he generally ambles through life until a beautiful woman with some intriguing issues comes to him.
So starts a pleasant adventure which although hardly fast paced matches Eddie very well and this plays out for a usual hero who tries to save the day if not in an wholly heroical manner.
I think this story will either be a " meh " or a " you know i quite enjoyed it" and will depend on the person.
For me i found it a nice pleasant story for a initial series and i would carry on finding out more about our Eddie.
Narration by Hans Hill is very English and measured but matches the character well i find. He seems to perform other characters quite well with a somewhat dry wit and aplomb which is great for picturing Eddie.
This story was gifted to me and i choose to leave an honest review and as such is based upon my own opinion