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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Grab some snacks and settle back as splendid debut author James serves up a Prince Charming tale yanked sideways. John Charming comes from a prominent line of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers trained by the Knights Templar, but now he has a problem: He has become what they hunt. James’ reluctant hero faces threats and danger with a smart-ass attitude that keeps the narrative fast paced, edgy and amusing. Mark this name down — you will undoubtedly be seeing more from James!
For the last number of years, John Charming has been living incognito while hiding from the knights he used to work with —- because he carries the “taint” of werewolf heritage. One night when he’s tending bar under an assumed name, both a vampire and a blonde walk in and there goes John’s peaceful life. Because of the Pax Arcana spell that has been placed on the world, John immediately knows he will have to deal with the vampire, but what throws him is the blonde, who is definitely not all human. (ORBIT, Oct., 400 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: October 2013