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"He thinks he's a wizard," they said.

For five grand a month and a million-dollar chaser, Roger Mulligan didn't care how crazy the old geezer was. All he had to do was keep Joseph Perry Shackleford alive and keep him from squandering the estate for a year.

But they didn't tell him about the pixies.

©2021 Nathan Lowell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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I LOVED this book!

I was searching for a book to keep my mind occupied during a rough patch. This book has an engrossing story, wonderful characters and a light mood which didn’t add to my stress levels. I cherish this type of book which is a pleasure to read/listen from beginning to end. It will be one that I listen to repeatedly. Looking forward to the next installment.

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One man's nothing is another's everything.

I had read several reviews before listening to this book, one struck me as odd. It had said that their was no plot or storyline. That it was just a day to day account. I don't see that, I see a detailed introduction to a series that Nathan Lowell has just begun. That introduction includes the story, the characters and the world itself. In all of Lowell's works he seems to create an entire world to explore and his books if lacking anything is lacking the time to explore it in its intirety. I love to get lost in these places and feel as though I'm making new friends with every book.

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Angst is not the only force that turns pages

Little action, little excitement, lots of beverages served; somehow my interest was glued the entire duration. Fantasy readers who are used to having their nerves strung out by rollercoaster plots and catastrophic stakes might enjoy this restful read that feels as good as a hot cup of tea.

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Delightful

I enjoy books about people finding their "place" in the world. Not every book has to be a breathless adventure. Sometimes just living is enough. There is enough complexity and mystery and wonder to keep a reader/listener interested. But a peacefulness also prevails. I also wish I could live in Shackelford House. Perhaps when they need a cook. :)

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Just amazing

I might suspect that this audiobook was warded against putting it down as from the moment I picked it up I simply could not put it down again, until the end.

Magically written and performed.

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Literally Has NO Plot

I rarely leave reviews, especially negative ones. But I think the reviews for this book are unwarranted. This story has no plot and several plots threads at the same time. It is as if Lowell wrote a book that simply explains what characters are doing for 8 hours straight. I am all for realism, but the level of detail in this story is excruciating. There's nothing interesting about a character picking up a napkin, folding it, placing it on a tray, putting a flower on a tray, lifting the tray, walking up the stairs, knocking on the door, etc.--the entire narrative is like this.
I didn't realize until I reached the 7-hour mark that no plot had developed.
In addition to the unnecessary detail, the dialogue and descriptions contain trite phrases: Her / his eyes looked "suspiciously wet."/ His or her "eyebrows raised." These phrases are repeated throughout the book.
Another thing that I found extraordinarily tedious is the author's tendency to repeat details. Characters tell the same story or give the same details repeatedly in different settings. This makes for a long, slow read that goes nowhere.
Taylorson's narrative is what kept me hooked. He somehow made this tedious, pointless novel seem as if it were going somewhere. He is good enough to distract the reader from the repetitiveness of the phrasing and emptiness of the narrative.

I truly do not understand how people are finding this a good book. It is, at times, vaguely interesting, particularly the details of being a butler. But it is not a complete book--it has no discernible single plot.

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Soothing to read, gripping to follow...

... and Excellent in Execution.
Strangely enough, reading this reminded me of some of the American Gothic classics, like with Poe that I read in school. the vibe is orderly and understated, rather than decrepit and sinister. the book takes place in a mansion who's story is "old wealth in America," empty, but NOT lifeless or lonely.
our MC, Robert Mulligan, describes himself as having come off multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, and one "tour" as an EMT stateside, that came to an abrupt end.
Cue the Nosey Niece of Mr. Moneybags with a gilded job offer in hand. At a loss for finding work (and seemingly still somewhat reeling from both of his former occupations,) he reluctantly interviews for the butler position to a man quite advanced in years and supposedly a little bit sideways.
"He thinks he's a Wizard."

***SPOILER WARNING (MINOR)***

Unsuprisingly, the most attractive and delightful part of Nathan Nathan Lowells latest work is his talent for finding the human and mundane side of the incredible and extraordinary. I came to this author through the "Golden Age of the Solar Clipper" series, which charmed me by taking the fantastical "space opera sci-fi" setting and highliting human pleasures and working class delimas, illuminating the genre's staples more startlingly by making the operation of such scientifical fantasticism somebody's daily routine.

He has done much the same here. incredible magical reality humming along understatedly, with and in the routine of an *admitidly* ostentatious setting. Every quiet glimpse of magic is heart-thudding for its unobtrusiveness, and its almost unthinkable-- almost *more* beyond the pale for all that-- to realize that at least one quiet, kind, and cunning practitioner is wrestling with the dark backlash that threatens those who take shortcuts to power.

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Interrupted

I actually stopped an excellent book when this came out. Nathan Lowell is one of if not my favorite author. This is (I think), my first experience with Tom Taylorson and he was excellent. I look forward to the future experiences of Mulligan.

I strongly recommend this book, you owe it to yourself. Only one criticism, the second book isn't out yet.

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Wonderful characters!

I truly enjoyed this audiobook! The narrator did a fantastic job and gave a performance worthy of the author’s story. The characterization of the principals in the story was fantastic. I like for a planned multi-volumed work to spend the extra time in book one to give the back stories and build relationships. You will enjoy this book!!
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A delight!

Nathan Lowell always delivers. While outside of the worlds I’m fond of, this has the same gentle and incisive scalpel into humanity, and silent topics, that I’ve come to expect.
Butler feels like a cozy / fantasy crossover, and I think you’ll be happy with the results. By Chapter 4 I was excited to notice the #1 in the corner, and I’m hoping for more. Sooner rather than later, if you please!
Tom Taylorson was an excellent choice for narration, and did a wonderful job with the work. He kept it clipping along at a nice pace, and the voices were distinct.
I don’t know what the editors did, but they certainly didn’t hurt. Well done!
An unexpected joy of a book.

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  • elogden
  • 09-05-21

Looking forward to hearing the next in the series

I love the mix of old and new. It's a other in a long list of favorite tales from a great author. The narrator was fantastic just the right tone. It is refreshing to have a story about wizards that does not involve a war of some kind and isn't set in a medieval village with a dragon or two.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 07-13-21

What an absolute delight.

I confess I'm a fan of Nathan Lowell. This new series (I'm hoping) begins with this gentle tale full of likeable (and obligatory "baddies") characters meeting the challenges of lives not quite ordinary yet quite credible. Tom Taylorson is exemplary as the narrator and did as good a job as Nathan Lowell would have (an awesome narrator in his own right). I finished the book with a smile on my face and am eagerly looking forward to the next. Keep writing Mr Lowell, you have a great gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-21

Nice slow paced slice of life with a hint of magic

It's a good story, slow paced and just about no action. More a slice of life with a dash of hidden magic. Great narrator. Functions really well with the very polite tone of the characters

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  • klarzy
  • 06-10-21

Mr Lowell at his usual brilliance...

An interesting off angle view of the world of magic....
Not as fanciful as Rowling or as quirky as the Discworld, but a well structured set of believable characters with an intelligent, well paced and entertaining storyline throughout.

Nathan has created yet another compelling universe to explore..

I look forward to the next installment...

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  • BarbaraM
  • 06-10-21

Satisfying fantasy

I am so pleased to have tried this author. I like fantasy that fits in with reality and avoid monsters and crude fantasy literature. I like the civilised and honourable pace and style of this tale, and look forward to the next in the series. The narrator is good, and his accent pleasant to non US ears.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-21

unique in my experience

although this appears typical of this authors style of loyal and honourable characters. The contemporary setting and unusual job at this time was a delight to listen to. looking forward to further books. highly recommended for those who love urban fantasy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-21

Loved it

Excellent innovative story line. The narrator was good . Waiting impatiently for the next one.

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  • S. Smith
  • 05-07-21

Unsure.

I have listened to Nathan Lowell’s previous books, more science fiction than fantasy. However I am familiar with his story style. I enjoy his books so I thought even though this story doesn’t have space ships I’ll give it a go.

I did enjoy it. Really I did. I just can’t give you a storyline without it sounding boring, I don’t know how Nathan does it, he tells stories that aren’t constant battles, people in danger or cliffhangers. He gives a story that is great that keeps you engaged and wanting more but when you try to explain it to someone else it doesn’t come across the same.

This is the first time I have heard Tom Taylorson as a narrator, I enjoyed his voice and would consider a book if it’s read by him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

what a brilliant universe, and truly satisfying

I can't recommend Nathan Lowell enough, I just wish I could get his audiobooks directly from him.
I think you're really like this book

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  • matthew brooke
  • 04-26-21

Warm and comforting modern fantasy

It’s a little difficult to say why I enjoyed this audiobook so much.
It kept me wanting more all the way through, though the storyline was more sedate than my usual experience with paranormal fantasy. warm and comforting, slow but engaging.
There’s little ‘action’ and the use of magic in the book, whilst there throughout, is almost subtle, a flavour to the story rather than perhaps driving it. The characters were engaging and well performed and I was pulled in. I found myself halfway through a little bemused as to why I was enjoying it so much when so little had seemingly happened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-21

Dull

I gave this book a solid 4 hours listen, and all it did was detail, in excruciating detail, the extremely minor challenges of getting internet connected to an old house. What pushed me over the edge was when I was told exactly which wire went into which socket of the modem, and why the rubbish was all put into the computer monitor's cardboard box (it was the biggest).

If there is a story, then I pray somebody is able to hear it at some point.

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  • Tony Cox
  • 07-14-21

BORING

Had trouble finishing this. Much too detailed and repetitive. I guess it means there is sequel but why bother!

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  • Jenifer
  • 05-08-21

Wonderful !

Great to hear something different in the Fantasy Genre. I hope book 2 isn’t far away.

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  • Jodi Poyser
  • 08-07-21

Satisfyingly Methodical

Detailed and methodical, this is a slow meander into an old man's predicament.
Perfect to relax with before bed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-21

Great!

I loved this book.

Having read plenty of fantasy have you ever wondered what it might be like to be "untalented" in a magic household. Mulligan is the butler in a magical house.

The story is well thought out and I just got stuck in it.

I read a lot of reviews before getting this book and they said that the lack of magic was disappointing but I liked the idea of a story from the other side.

Narration is really good too.

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