The one person standing between Hell… and an innocent girl… is a man without a soul.
A regular life isn’t in the cards for Dorian Lake, but with his charm-crafting business invigorated, and the prospect of a serious relationship within his grasp, life is closer to normal than Dorian could ever expect. In the heat of the Baltimore mayoral campaign, Dorian has managed to balance his arrangements with Deputy Mayor Julian Bright with his search to find his lost soul. Dorian soon learns of a Netherworker, the head of a dangerous West Coast cabal, who might be able to find and return his soul. The price? Just one curse.
Sounds easy… but nothing ever is for Dorian. A dark presence arrives in the city, hell-bent on finding Dorian’s soul first. Innocents are caught in the crossfire, and Dorian finds it harder to keep his commitments to Bright. When the fight gets personal, and the entity hits too close to home, Dorian must rely on those he trusts the least to save the ones he loves. As he tests the limits of his hermetic skills to defeat this new enemy, will Dorian lose his one chance to avoid damnation?
Okay. I don’t like to beg people. But I will.
Buy this book, people.
Long and short of it, this series has snuck its way into my heart and has become my favorite urban fantasy series. It just clicks with me on a level that I have trouble understanding, let alone explaining, but I think it comes down to this:
It’s grounded. It feels real. He feels real. Not the “I’m just a normal person living in a crazy world, honest!” vibe that most protagonists in these kind of novels have. He is mostly a normal guy, and the world is mostly normal: no vampires, no werewolves, no demon bars. He just happens to practice magic and have concerns about the attempts to gentrify his tenants out of the neighborhood. He’s as relatable as anyone in this genre will ever be.
Another plus? Although he’s certainly trying for romance and you want him to find someone, it’s by no means a large part of the story. It doesn’t take the story over, there are no sex scenes. Those things aren’t bad, but for those of us who like our urban fantasy without the romance, it’s a bonus.
All in all, this book and this series just work and they deserve more love.
Verdict: Buy It
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