Genres: mystery, urban fantasy
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A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…
It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…
Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…
Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.
Welcome to a world where myths and legends are real and live alongside normal, everyday people. Though, of course they don’t know it. That knowledge resides with wizards and other magical folk.
Nate Temple is not only a wizard, he’s extremely wealthy. Inheriting everything after his parents’ untimely death changed nothing in his mind. He wasn’t interested in the family company. His love is his bookstore, Plato’s Cave. He specializes in rare printings of the classics and hunting down rare books for his more special clients. This reputation landed Nate in a whole heap of trouble.
The entire book starts off with an unusual and amusing cow tipping. Of course Nate decided to cow tip the Minotaur, a legend from Greek mythology, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. That seems to govern Nate’s reaction to everything. He rarely seems to think things through before acting on them.
While Nate is well-read and knowledgeable, something that comes across in an interesting choice of words that had me reaching for the dictionary, he also likes to curse. A lot. I found it a rather bizarre combination.
The entire book takes place over a span of three days. During this time, Nate has to deal with monsters chasing him, along with the small snippets that fall into place regarding his parents. The book itself seemed to have almost a breathless stumbling quality to it. Even though the writing is fast paced, there are enough moments of downtime that give the reader time to breathe.
There seemed to be a decent amount of humor sprinkled throughout the book. I say ‘seemed to’ because it wasn’t a style of humor I particularly found funny. However, everyone has their own sense of humor. The free preview definitely gives you a good idea of what it’s like.
The most unfortunate thing about the book is I figured out what was happening fairly early on. I can’t say that I was surprised by anything that happened. However, I did continue reading it through to the end. I found the writing enjoyable, though I felt the snippets about his parents seemed to almost intrude on the other narrative. Besides that, I could easily see it being enjoyed by readers who like Urban Fantasy.
All in all, Obsidian Son is a fun, fast paced ride that will keep you turning the pages.