The Curse Merchant

The Curse Merchant

by J.P. Sloan


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The Curse Merchant by J.P. Sloan

Dorian Lake spent years cornering the Baltimore hex-crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed.

He keeps his magic clean and free of soul-corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow-back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the esoteric arts in America. However, when an unscrupulous Netherworker interferes with both his business and his personal life, Dorian’s disarming charisma and hermetic savvy may not be enough to keep his soul out of jeopardy.

His rival, a soul monger named Neil Osterhaus, wouldn’t be such a problem were it not for Carmen, Dorian’s captivating ex-lover. After two years’ absence Carmen arrives at Dorian’s doorstep with a problem: she sold her soul to Osterhaus, and has only two weeks to buy it back. Hoping to win back Carmen’s affections, Dorian must find a replacement soul without tainting his own. As Dorian descends into the shadows of Baltimore’s underworld, he must decide how low he is willing to stoop in order to save Carmen from eternal damnation… with the Presidium watching, waiting for him to cross the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620075517
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Dark Choir , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

J. P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author-primarily of urban fantasy, horror, and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed.

Neil Hellegers is a narrator, actor, and educator who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His voice work can be heard during various commercials, sundry video games, and in numerous audiobooks. Neil has appeared in films, TV shows, and commercials, and has performed and taught Shakespeare to students of all ages.

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The Curse Merchant 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Urthwild More than 1 year ago
This novel is written in pulp fiction style, no not the film. Whilst I would hazard a guess that J P Sloan is a fan of the television show Supernatural. I think a few reviewers have seen a likeness between the world of ‘The Curse Merchant’, and ‘the Dresden Files’ and I must wholeheartedly concur. Dorian Lake is a man who sells hexes, and charms, sound familiar? In this story, Dorian Lake has to get his ex, Carmen out of a sticky situation, and she is in it, soul deep. Lake would fit very neatly into that highly stylised universe of the 1930’s-1950’s dark noir, the world weary private detective. J P Sloan has crafted a great story with engaging, if not all likeable characters, a believable world and a great cool plot. Curse Merchant Blog Tour – BOOK REVIEW on Darkness Beckons. Received from the publisher for an honest review, the curse Merchant was published on 14th September 2014. Urthwild
Stacyb327 11 months ago
Not my usual type of book to read I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Hexes and charms served up by a snarky, wise cracking magic user. Throw in character development, some fight scenes and SOUL MAGIC and you have yourself one hell of a story. It definitely had me hooked and I loved all the one liners dripping in sarcasm. Cant wait to read the next one.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
Interesting and fun! I enjoyed this thrilling urban fantasy that was full of hexes, charms and curses. The characters are growing on me and I can’t wait to discover more about them and what happens next.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
The Curse Merchant is an interesting, intriguing, urban fantasy, novel that begins with Dorian Lake in his office with a gun pointed at his head. Dorian is a curse merchant. What is that? He provides hexes and charms. Well, he was the man to see about that, but he no longer deals in that business. After breaking up with the love of his life and ruining her life, he has been living a life of limbo. One thing is definite – he does not deal in the dark arts. Never has. Never will. He has to save the soul of his former lover and ends up straddling the line between good and evil. I found this very interesting. What would cause someone to go against their principles to do something to save someone they care about? The author does a great job at taking the time to world build and introduce the characters at a pace that allows the reader to care about them. It is not rushed at all which makes it easy to get into and not want to put down. Good job, Mr. Sloan. Good job! I can’t wait to see how this series continues, because with a starter book like this it is bound to be good. *Copy provided for review.
shivapastures More than 1 year ago
The Curse Merchant (The Dark Choir Book 1) Dorian Lake was the man to see for hexes and the like. He made the distinction between clean and not so clean magic and was always on the side of good karma. But things have not been so good lately - he’s just a mess. Never did he think that perhaps he was under some kind of a curse, something that could make him forgot who and what he was. Not until his ex comes along, begging him to help her get her soul back, which she apparent sold. He’s now caught into exploring the other side of the realm, Netherwork and he has to decide if crossing the line is what he needs to do or to run very far from it. ‘I ran down the hallway and fidgeted as the elevator made its way to the ninth floor. By the time I reached the lobby, I was sprinting out to the street. A cab spotted almost immediately, and within only a couple of minutes of leaving the Curse Merchant, I was on my way back to Penn Station. The Cosmos was making a path for me. Of course it was. I was finally figuring it out. And after everything it had put me through, it God damned owed me.’ I will have to say, that for something that was free, it turned out to be one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in awhile! It wasn’t over the top and the mystery of the characters was great. Interesting plot line, characters and overall idea. Love the natural sarcastic nature of Dorian. Just got the second book, so we’ll see how this one turns out!
MelChesley More than 1 year ago
Okay, let me just say first of all, that my track record with getting free e-book listings from BookBub has not been the greatest. In fact, 90% of those books need a good editing job, or just need to be recycled. With that being said, "The Curse Merchant" was NOT one of those books. Holy cow, I got sucked into this book from the start and didn't want to put it down. Dorian Lake has the exact amount of snark and sarcasm that I love in characters. This book was dark, witty, funny as hell at times. Other times it made me feel something for the characters. I like when I can connect to a character(s)! Makes you feel like part of the story. That's good writing! Dorian was a great character. I can't wait to read more. The other characters in this story were just as developed as Dorian and near the end, all I have to say is, Karma. You get what you deserve, especially if you ... well, I don't want to do spoilers in this review, so I will leave it at that. If you are looking for a good paranormal read, I highly suggest this! I'd give it more than 5 stars if it was allowed.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Curse Merchant, J.P. Sloan Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Genre: Sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal Dorian, he has this kind of careworn, cynical front going on, but as we get to know the man behind the facade we see he’s really a genuinely nice guy, he’s ready to help people – not just because it’s his job and they’re paying him, but because he really wants to make their lives better. He stays on the side of “clean” magic, that which depends on the goodness or otherwise of the user of his charms, and he’s very anti the Dark side, the type which carries great power but at the cost of his soul. I loved the description of his charms and hexes, and the way he explained how they were tailored to the user. He seems to have been letting things slide though in both his business and personal life over the last couple of years, and it comes to a head when he’s threatened at gunpoint by an angry lady. It proves a catalyst for change, and he starts to look at how he’s living his life, and begin picking up his work again. That brings him to the attention of a local Netherworker. Dorian knows he’s far more skilled that Osterhaus but is shocked by how much of his work the man has picked up. Never the less he’s back now, and not stepping down. Then some things happen that lead him into danger and the temptations of Netherwork – his old girlfriend Carmen needs his help, and he still feels bad about their acrimonious breakup. Its a fun read, full of interesting snippets of the history of magic interwoven with descriptions of the spells used. Its not a fast paced novel, and takes the time to thoroughly embed in the scene the various characters that we’ll meet in later books. I’d rather it be that way than a series start with a fast pace that leaves reader wondering “what? who? how?” A solid foundation works well, and the roots for a great series are here IMO. I love the whole idea of magic being attainable by study and not just a few select people with talent. Dorian makes for a great lead, and the side characters of Abe his tenant, Ben from the club, Osterhaus his business rival, Julian from the Mayor’s office are all people I hope will be in future reads. I’ll be looking for more from Dorian and JP Sloan. Stars: I’m hovering between four and five...Four and a half it is. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
debhuna More than 1 year ago
This author is fantastic.  I tend not to read male authors; as I like to be the protagonist in the movie that plays in my head as I read, but Mr. Sloan's story is so fresh  and original that I read this book with great fun and interest. The humor and yet the arcane knowledge shown, impressed me and never rang false throughout the whole book.  I want more!!! thanks
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
What’s a little magic and mayhem without some fun! I love that Dorian’s little charms are based on karma… That is, to be exact, the karma of the person buying them for use! So let me just say, if you have some seriously bad karma coming up on you, maybe you might want to steer clear! LOL I thought that this was so fresh and surprising. No one has really written that yet. I also love Dorian’s wit and quirky attitude.  Dorian’s on a mission to help retrieve a soul of an “old friend”- yeah I’ll say it that way LOL- and in the process, he has to watch his step, as the council is watching him. plus, the help friend mission means going up against his enemy and competition. Things get real crazy here. I feel like poor Dorian really doesn’t get enough sleep LOL I’ve seen this book compared to Harry Dresden’s series, and I do see some similarities, but I also see some uniquness, which is another reason I love it! Plus, Dorian seems a little more ornery than Mr Dresden.  I really like his character.  There is also some excellent suspense. I gotta say, I had several questions going though my head while reading trying to figure out all the answers! The world building and research that was put into this story made it so much more real. Everything seems to flow and mesh well. I am definitely looking forward to reading book two, as this is a fantastic start to a new series. You know I normally say I don’t like big info dumps- well, this story has a ton of description, but it never felt like that because it was written excellently. It felt like you were learning the back story, and not have random info thrown at you… This is a major A+ for me!    I really enjoyed it, and I really look forward to reading more and more! GIMME GIMME book 2, quick! HA! % DELICIOUSLY MAGICAL PAWS from me!
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of The Curse Merchant by J. P. Sloan 5 stars I almost am at a loss for words to describe this so excellent novel. Suspension of disbelief was immediate and unconscious: accepting “our” consensus reality as one in which magic is rather widely practiced, accepted, and utilized as a personal, professional, and politicial tool, was simple. I never had to stop to think “Hey, is this real?” because it just was REAL. The evolution and revelation of character throughout this story is outstanding, not just in the case of the protagonist, but also of secondary characters, such as his ex-girlfriend and his best male friend. Every character is three-dimensional, with depths and heights of her or his own, and even those whose deeds aren’t pretty (and sometimes actually evil) are comprehensible. I am so thankful this is the first of a series (The Dark Choir) because I really want to follow the progress of protagonist Dorian Lake, formerly practitioner of Hexes and Charms, now “Curse Merchant.” I received an e-book copy from the author in return for my fair and impartial review.