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Excellent new urban fantasy
In a marketplace that is becoming glutted with barely distinguishable entrants, this new series of urban fantasy books stands head and shoulders above the rest. Quincey Morris and Libby Chastain are a pleasure to meet while their allies and enemies are equally compelling. Unlike in most of its contemporaries, both the protagonists and antagonists are unique and well-executed. Too often in this genre, the reader is left with groups of sexually irresistible heroes and villains that have all of the complexity of cardboard cutouts. In Black Magic Woman, motivations and depth of character are brilliantly on display but don't bog down a fast moving and exciting plot. Even minor characters are fully realized. This is not to say that this book is not without flaws. Certain plot twists are poorly executed and just as quickly forgotten about while the finale lacks a certain satisfaction. Finally, the reader may be wary because one of the main characters draws his lineage from one the figures of the classic Dracula. The use of already established characters or history almost always dooms a book or series from the beginning (any of the many re-imaginings of Sherlock Holmes adventures are perfect examples of this flaw). In this case, however, this history serves to enrich rather than detract from the story.
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Posted December 5, 2011
Good read, partner.
I really enjoyed this book with one HUGE exception, the writers attempt to get the Austin Texas dialect down, drove me crazy. Every time the writer used "podner" for partner, I pictured my New Yorker boss trying to play cowboy and wanted to vomit. Only yankees trying act like a cowboy would ever say podner. It's partner. The book was a spookier version of the Dresden Files and a really fun read with a few cool twists to magic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2009
Another addicting series
There's a quote from Jim Butcher on the cover of this book. And since I'm a Harry Dresden (and Harry Potter) addict, a favorable quote from Jim Butcher has to catch my eye. "Keep an eye on Justin Gustainis," he says. I certainly will. And I'll be looking out for more in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
.So anyway, there was this American called Quincy Morris chasing Dracula long, long ago, and somehow I'd forgotten him. But now his descendant chases evil across America, with the aid of an intriguing white witch called Libby Chastain. They're fascinating characters in a nicely realized world, with neither antipathy nor loyalty to faith, of Christian or any other ilk, but a deep, and thought-provoking, determination to do what's right.
Gustainis introduces his characters with finely drawn back stories revealed through intriguing scenes. Even evil characters have backgrounds as well as surprises, but there's no question at all that evil is wrong. "Believers" and "non-believers" struggle to collaborate, communicate and coexist as the plot thickens. And America's own Salem witches follow the paths laid out in history, while a white south-African policeman offers aid to the FBI.
I really enjoyed the interplay of Gustainis' characters, the slow revealing of secrets, and the final surprises in this book. Gustainis has created something really intriguing, and I can imagine searching for his future books just as eagerly as I already look for Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. If you like Harry Dresden, or if you're looking for a grown-up Hermione Grainger, this is the book for you.
Posted February 5, 2009
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Posted May 27, 2010
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