Book #1 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a new contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective hunts a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona.
Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste—a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon—which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims’ eyes with magic. Now the victims are piling up, including the daughter of a senator, and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again. There’s only one clue he’s got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn’t watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics.
About Spell Blind:
"Coe brings deep knowledge of both fantasy and mystery to his well- structured first urban fantasy novel. . . . he tells an entertaining story with a good mystery at its core."—Publishers Weekly
About David B. Coe's Rules of Ascension:
"War and politics, love and magic, all drawn in detail against a vividly imagined feudal background. A complex and excellent book." —David Drake, author of Lord of the Isles
". . . epic . . . a world of rival nobles, sinister mages, and a few men and women of courage and conviction. Well-developed characters and an intriguing political background . . ."—Library Journal
About David B. Coe's Shapers of Darkness:
". . . imaginative world building, superior characterization, and sound prose . . ."—Booklist
About the Author
David B. Coe is the author of many fantasy and contemporary fantasy novels and stories. He was the winner of the William L. Crawford Award for best first fantasy series, awarded at the International Conference on the Fantastic and is a founding members of the well-regarded writing blog, MagicalWords.net. His contemporary fantasy series The Case Files of Justin Fearsson begins with Spell Blind from Baen Books and continues with His Father's Eyes. Coe lives with his wife and their two daughters in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was such an awesome book!! I absolutely flew through the pages and didn't want it to end. Justis is an amazing character. He is strong, smart but also flawed. He is an ex cop turned private eye. He is also a weremyste. He is called by his ex partner one night to come and help with a high profile case. When he gets there he realises that it's another Blind Angel kill because he can see the magical signature left behind. He was working the case before he was fired and they have been looking for the culprit for nearly 3 years now. Every month at the same time he strikes, Justis knows, he hasn't long left before the killer will strike again. What I loved most about the book was the lore. The author has created a unique and fantastic world and one I loved being in. The whole idea of the weremystes was fascinating. Weremystes are magic users but with a difference. They can do magic all the time but when the moon is full they turn crazy for those 3 days. The moon changes them into something unreliable and dangerous. They loose their mind even though they are at their strongest, magic wise, for those 3 days. That was the reason Justis lost his job, because for 3 nights out of a month, he was gone. I also loved Namid. He trains Justis in the use of magic, but he is a kind of ghost!! See, fascinating ;) The plot was really fast paced as well. The Blind Angel killer has been killing for years but they never had a lead, until now. The killer kills with magic and the victims are left with their eyes burnt out. How can you stop a killer when, with every kill, he gets stronger?? Anyway, overall I loved Spell Blind. It's one of those gems that, when you start you don't expect much, but as you read it just blows you away! I flew through the book, which at over 350 pages is a feat, and loved every word. I can not wait for more from this world and Justis!! Roll on book 2.
In the acknowledgments, Mr. Coe writes that this book had a few starts-and-stops occurred as new ideas developed. Because of this, the story is very well thought out, is very engaging, with enough magic lore thrown in to make weremystes a plausible group of humans who walk amongst us, unseen and unknown pilgrims on hidden paths of discovery, or travelers into unplumbed depths of insanity. The characters are rich, flawed; in short, they are human. You will find enough twists to please a pretzel maker, and turns which will test even the handling of a well-suspensioned car. Thoroughly enjoyable! I look forward to reading Mr. Coe's next book.
Great read! I don’t read much detective fiction or fantasy, but a friend of mine recommended this novel, and I loved it. And now I’m hooked! The voice of the detective is funny, and the pacing is great. A good love interest too. Hope the next book is coming out soon!