You can run all you want, but the game’s in your blood. And blood never forgets…
Nick St. James was born different. His extraordinary gifts have saved him time and time again, but they couldn’t save the one thing he loved most: his wife.
Now he just wants to forget his old life, but more importantly, he wants to forget the magical underworld that lives beneath the “real” world. A place where a man’s faith can determine the very fabric of reality. Where ancient forgotten gods walk hidden among us, and angels and demons fight for our very souls.
But nothing stays hidden forever. Nick’s peaceful world is ripped apart when a demon slaughters his ex-partner and marks him for death. Now he must use all his gifts to find the one who summoned the nightmarish creature, but more importantly, he needs to find the one thing he lost long ago.
Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.
From an exciting beginning to an extraordinary conclusion, this is a novel that will astound you and keep you on your toes. The mixture of the supernatural world with our own is not uncommon, but Freyermuth’s approach is one that adds that little something extra to make it stand out.
Nick is an amazing character, I fell in love with him instantly. He has the ‘just want to live a quiet life’ thing going for him but it doesn’t come across as cliché or annoying. This desire is interrupted by his past catching up to him and his nature to do the right thing and it soon turns into something much bigger then it first appears. Nick is special but how special we have to wait and find out, Freyermuth giving off snippets of detail here and there. I loved that we aren’t told, and all references are included naturally and casually, never once feeling like a point of explanation for the reader.
As with Nick, the rest of this magical world is introduced to us slowly and in well-timed moments. What I loved was that we are actually told very little. Hints are dropped, and references are made but nothing is stated outright, and when answers are given it only adds to the story. This made reading it that much better because you can see how easy it would have been to sit us down and give us a long explanation, but instead it is woven brilliantly throughout.
The mix of characters are wonderful, and Freyermuth’s great writing captures banter, friendship, all the perks, quirks, and problems of having friends both in the supernatural world and out. There is depth and history given to these characters, both their history with Nick and their own lives, and with offhanded comments and throwaway lines histories and pasts can be conjured up quite excellently making the characters well rounded and more real.
The narration is wonderful, it is intense and fun and enthralling from the early pages and lasts until the very end. The mixture and balance and creativity of the real world and supernatural is sublime and there is never a dull moment and always something to marvel at and pique your interest. There are mysteries and not just for the reader but for Nick as well, and working them out as you read, creating theories and just generally being captivated by the story is where so much enjoyment lies. Freyermuth has written a brilliant story, it’s messy and complicated, has secrets and the supernatural, and is a truly amazing read.
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