Title: Night Tricks
Author: Richard Amos
Genre: Magical Realism
Rating: Four stars
“They say warlocks are lesser beings. I’m about to prove them wrong.
The streets have been my home for as long as I can remember. To get by, I use my magic tricks, bringing smiles to the faces of adults and children alike.
As a warlock, my powers are limited. Nothing like a witch’s magical skills. Basically, I’m a glorified magician as well as a second-class citizen. Fine. It doesn’t get me down. I have my cat Fizz and Kylie Minogue’s music to keep me going as I dream big.
I know there’s a better life out there for me.
When I accidentally summon the lost magic of arcana, something not even a powerful witch can do, my world is turned upside down.“
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I love how LGBTQ relationships are making it into indie books these days, and they’re becoming super popular. Having said that, I haven’t read a lot of them, but I hope that Night Tricks is the first of many.
Clay lives in a hovel in London, which was put under magical attack years ago. Now, magical, nuclear-like rivers run through London, and magic is so widely practiced that its usage is closely monitored by a magical police force. Clay is a warlock, and therefore considered a lesser being, but soon he discovers that he can summon a lost magic known as “Arcana”.
After meeting handsome billionaire vampire, Tae Frost, Clay starts to fall for the man who saved him from certain death on the streets of London. Soon, rumours of Clay’s new power begins to spread, and he gains the attention of the infamous “Button-Eyed Demon”.
When Clay is taken by the demon, he soon discovers that there is a larger organisation at work that wishes to use his power for evil. Only with Tae’s help can he hope to keep this power from them.
This book has great world-building, and as someone who lived in London for a few years, I really enjoyed this alternate version of the city. London is still suffering the effects of a magical attack and lots of magic practitioners struggle to survive in this new quasi-dystopia.
I loved that Clay is a cat person and he loves his cat Fizz more than anything, literally risking his life for her at times. Tae is the typical suave rich vampire, but I got the impression he was a fairly young vampire. Usually vampires in these books are hundreds of years old, but he didn’t seem too old.
Their chemistry is awesome, and pretty explosive. Clay is a bit sheepish and overwhelmed by his feelings for Tae, but before long, he learns that Tae feels for him, too. Things get unexpectedly sexual every so often, but their chemistry is palpable throughout the book.
While the plot got a little convoluted at times, the story was entertaining, the characters were great, and the bad guys are inventive. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
Night Tricks released on 28th January so it’s still very new, and you can get your copy at this link if it looks like your thing.