Title: Demon Moon
Author: Brad Magnarella
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: Four stars
“Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.”
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Everson Croft is a professor of an obscure magical subject by day and wizard by night. I’d like to lecture this young man on how moonlighting isn’t good for your health but somehow, I don’t think he’d listen to me. The world should be grateful he wouldn’t!
After finding several amateur conjurers injured and dead at the hands of the creatures they summoned, Croft begins investigating. If being late for probation for a crime he didn’t commit and on the verge of losing his job isn’t enough, The Order want him to stop using his magic.
Everything goes wrong for this guy and all at once. The problem is, the closer Croft gets to uncovering the truth behind the conjurations, the more he realises how much danger New York City is in. Try saving the world with no job, no magic and a talking cat who hates you. (Tabitha’s a great character, though.)
This book is unrelenting and so is Everson Croft. It’s jam-packed with action: abductions, monster attacks, crazy cult attacks, mob boss attacks (I could go on with the attacks). Perhaps the most entertaining tidbit of Demon Moon is Thelonius, a parasite demon who takes over Everson’s consciousness whenever he over-exerts his magic. Thelonius likes a good time so Everson can never know where he’s going to end up.
The author does a great job of getting into the protagonist’s head and bringing the magic to life. The magic system is unique and interesting with lots of limitations. The existence of The Order suggests there is a hierarchy in the magical world but also that they are akin to gods and that spirituality plays a big part in the magic system. All I’ll say is that casting magic with a cane is awesome and plays out really well in this book.
Everson Croft really had to struggle to save the world and had a great story to tell in the process. Looking forward to book two!
Thanks for reading!