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by Christopher Buehlman

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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Although the book is a little hard to follow at first, Buehlman quickly grabs the reader’s interest and holds it until the last page. His method of jumping from one event to an ostensibly unconnected one works surprisingly well in exploring the complicated characters and their various obstacles. And though seemingly unrelated at first glance, the various mysteries of the book come together in a completely unexpected way. The characters are very dynamic; each has his or her own struggles and secrets that add to the mysteries of the book, and finally, the modern mystical setting makes full use of technology, magic and science.

Andrew Blankenship is a recovering alcoholic and a magus (his preferred term for a magic-user). He employs various secret spells around his house to ensure that the wrong people never find him, but after a Russian mermaid he befriended murders the wrong man, his world begins to fall apart. Using the Internet, Andrew gathers help from various other users who are talented at spying with magic and technology to determine exactly what is after him. Meanwhile, he is busy training his friend Anneke in magic while encouraging her recovery from alcoholism and trying to forget his feelings for her. Just when he thinks the danger is over, the demon from Andrew’s past surprises him once more and he must do something or he will lose everyone he loves. (ACE, Oct., 416 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Annalee Schuck

Publisher: ACE

Published: October 2013

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