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Warlock for Hire

Arcane Inc., Book 1
Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Series: Arcane Inc., Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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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?

©2016 Sean Stone (P)2017 Sean Stone

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Everything ties together neatly at the end

Warlock for Hire by Sean Stone is the first book in a series called Arcane Inc. Eddie Lancaster is a warlock for hire and he is a self-professed and unapologetic rude and annoying guy. Unlike most with magical abilities, he sells his skills as a warlock to anyone willing to pay him. He doesn’t ask questions. However, when an attractive woman, Ashley Sheridan, comes to him with a request, he is intrigued. When she comes back, he clearly sees that she’s in trouble and he loves to solve mysteries. And so, despite her insistence that he not get involved, Eddie falls hard into the dangerous mystery and suddenly his, Ashley’s, and other peoples’ lives are at risk.  He must figure out how to protect himself, Ashley and the people they love before his actions lead them to destruction.

This is generally a light and ultimately fun urban fantasy story. The characters are flat and Eddie is an immature guy, who is, as he himself professes, annoying and rude. But despite all of his failings, it is easy to root for his success even while rolling eyes at his behavior. Unfortunately, the main female character is generally a damsel in distress, which is frustrating. However, hints about the next books suggest that there will be other strong female characters as the series continues. The story is generally engaging as Eddie stumbles from one situation to the next and is balanced with action and his absurd inner monologue describing the world around him and explaining things through the fourth wall. Everything ties together neatly at the end of the story and leads into the next novel without a cliffhanger.

The narration by Hannibal Hills might well be why this book is so engaging. Without Hills' characterization of Eddie, Eddie may have easily just been too irritating and immature for me, personally. And so, I highly recommend choosing to listen to the audiobook over reading the written text, unless the reader typically enjoys characters like Eddie. The production quality was good. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a light and fast-paced urban fantasy novels.

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  • TU
  • 12-27-17

Finally, a new Dresden-like series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Ok, so I REALLY enjoyed this one and will definitely seek out more in this series. The main character is definitely a long-lost brother to Harry Dresden! I liked the British take on Jim Butcher's world of wizards and mayhem. Well worth a listen.

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 12-22-17

Great start to a hilarious series.

This was great. The main character was funny and honest about who he was. The story was well paced and structured. I found myself checking for the second book about an hour into this one. Listened in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. For fans of The Tome of Bill series and The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Can't wait for book two Audio.

The Narrator was great. He brought a good vibe and enthusiasm to the characters. I especially liked the landlady's voice. The scenes where he Eddie is home and dealing with his landlady and her son reminded me of the show How Not To Live Your Life.

I requested a free review copy of this book and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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❤️

Will definitely remind you of The Dresden Files so not exactly original. Still it’s enjoyable and worth a read. I’ll keep up with the series. Sarcastic humor is something I always enjoy.

The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 12-17-17

Smart A__ for Hire

First off, this is definitely a Dresdenesque novel, only set in Great Britain. The main character and the story is funny, entertaining, and worth the time if you like urban fantasy.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Lots of fun!

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.

Great story!

I recieved this free for an honest review.

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 07-27-19

Eddie follows his hormones

Eddie Lancaster is a self-employed warlock for hire. Some in the magical community view him as a magical prostitute. Whatever you need in the area of magic, he will sell it to you at the right price. Twice he made sales to his detriment. He inserts himself in Ashley Sheridan’s affairs to discover her secret. Then her enemy, Killian Myers, becomes his enemy. He now has the same dilemma as Ashley. Yea, he’s nosy, it is a pretty girl and he loves mysteries. But it was not his problem.Eddie is an above average warlock, who can sometime think a little bit too much of himself.

Killian kicked his ass and blackmailed him to perform a magical task. Not only is Eddie not making money on the task, he endangers his friends’ lives. The story then becomes how to kill Killian and stay alive while winning the girl. There are a few magical fights and Eddie makes a few enemies.

While being preoccupied with his Myers’ problem, he makes a sale without thinking of the consequences. This will have long range and dire effects. This issue is not concluded in this book.


I did not rate this story higher because of the flimsy reason that Eddie became involved with Ashley’s problem. I did enjoy how he went about to get himself out of trouble. I would call this a cozy fantasy/paranormal story. There is no offensive language or sex in the story.

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An Engaging and Entertaining Adventure

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Arcane Inc. series. It is a standalone story with no cliffhanger ending.

Here, Eddie Lancaster is a warlock and sells his services - he creates spells, sells magic, etc. He goes to seances/psychic readings, waits for the medium to begin the "act" before exposing the medium as a fraud and handing out his business cards. He lives in an apartment, with the landlady and her adult son living in the same building. He goes to the same pub and sits in the same booth. One day, a woman asks him to take all her magic [which he is happy to do as this is how Eddie gains magic strength] but she refuses to talk to him - piquing Eddie's curiosity. Then she returns a few days later wanting her magic back. Now she has Eddie completely enthralled and the more she doesn't want his help the more he wants to help her. She is reluctantly forced to accept Eddie's help and the adventure begins.

This story is told in a first person narrative - along with Eddie's snarky observations about the situation or characters and on occasion, Eddie speaks directly to the reader. Sometimes this has the feel of sitting down with Eddie and over a couple of beers, he tells you this story. There is a lot of humor in Eddie's sarcastic asides. Eddie is a character you either love or hate - I loved him and would be happy to sit down with him and hear his stories over a beer or two.

A huge part of my enjoyment of this book was the narration. Hannibal Hills is so fabulous as Eddie - really just perfect and completely engaging.

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First in series.

Eddie Lancaster is a natural warlock. He sucks the power from other magic users, tries his hand at a potion or two, and generally works for the highest bidder. Everyone has to make a living, right?

The world build is solid, the action well-paced, and the plot an interesting bit of unique. Eddie is a bit of a jerk, and he pays for it, which is amusing. What I didn't care for was the character talking directly to the reader. This was an audio listen for me, so I was hearing the narrator - awesome, by the way - address me as I tried to stay in the tone of the story. Not my favorite device. Still, worth a listen. I will be moving on to book two.

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Urban Fantasy with Personality

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


Warlock for Hire is the first in an Urban Fantasy series by Sean Stone. It's short by the standards of the genre but it does pack quite a bit into its brief run time.

The voice of the first person narrator was full of personality, asides and even some meta humor. The narrator Hannibal Hills did an amazing job bringing the voice to life and his delightful accent only made it more enjoyable. this cannot be stated enough - Hannibal did an excellent job and I would be eager to hear other books he narrates.


The main character while interesting did little to make the audience sympathize with him. He is greedy, petty, a bit of a bully, randy and rude. This is offset by his humor but if there is anything that could have used more polishing it would have been doing a little more to humanize him. He is the protagonist because the book is from his POV. He might be at the beginning of a redemptive arc - but that is not evident with this volume.

It was interesting and entertaining with the ending promising to delve more into his past as well as making the stakes much more personal in the sequel.

Disclaimer: He is also very foul mouthed. If that's not a deal breaker for you then I'd give it a try. It was enough to detract from my enjoyment

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 01-04-18

A little too much 4th wall breaking

At first glance this books seems like it is going to be along similar lines to the Dresden Files, but there are a number of ways that it stands out from that series and not all of them are good.

The setting for these books being a modern Britain makes a change both for the location and the avoidance of the more common clichés when using a British setting and the supporting cast are well defined and brought to life by the author and the narrator. This book has clear rules for its system of magic and for the supernatural that are distinctive enough as well.

These are all positive ways in which this book stands out from other urban fantasy, but things are not entirely positive when it comes to the main character, he is interesting enough on the whole. However, there can be a thin line between snarky and merely annoying and in the case of the main character, he ends up on the annoying side of the line rather more often than necessary. This impression of the character is probably not helped by the author's decision to go with 4th wall breaking and have him talk to the listener directly, rather than sticking with a less overt internal monologue, which wouldn't tend to take you out of the moment as much.

The narrator gives a strong performance, both in bringing the main character to life and with helping to provide distinct characters for all of the supporting cast and I would be happy to listen to another book narrated by him in the future.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable book and will look forward to any future ones in the same series as the positives easily outweighed the negatives, that were mostly stylistic annoyances rather than fundamental flaws.

[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Alan
  • 09-30-17

fairly good but fairly short,

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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  • sue ward
  • 09-26-17

Loved it

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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  • ChaosKay
  • 04-09-19

Fun story and narrated well

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Eddie Lancaster is a natural born Warlock and you can buy his magical services if you have the money.
He is often hired to remove magical powers which normally goes easy that is until he meets Ashley Sheridan and from there things go to hell in a hand basket .
Hannibal Hills brings each character to life giving them their own individuality.
I will be getting further books in this series when I catch up with my to listen list.

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  • Scott R
  • 12-02-17

Unusual but Worthwhile book

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