Author: R. M. Ridley
Release Date: December 8, 2016
Genre: paranormal, Thriller
Pages: 351 pages
Publisher: Xchyler Publishing
A slave is a slave, whether living or undead, so Jonathan Alvey bristles when an unknown novice necromancer turns up in New Hades. Despite their obvious talent, Alvey is forced to clean up the messes the rogue leaves behind. He must find the culprit and put an end to their attempts before they succeed and put an end to Jonathan himself.
But Alvey has problems enough of his own. As he battles his addiction to magic, and the withdrawals that may very well kill him, malignant gnomes infest his building and are out for his blood. A simple divorce case turns into a murder investigation. Why would the victim, a meticulous practitioner, create a spell book packed with inaccuracies? Why would an unknown assailant do anything to get it? Alvey must solve the mystery, and keep himself and his client alive until he can.
Before I start, I just wanted to say that I’ve read this book twice with only a couple of weeks apart, that’s how much I love and enjoyed this book 😀 I’ve read Ridley’s first book and I loved it, so when the author came to me and asked for an honest review, I knew that I would love this book as well.
The story takes place in New Hades, which is very similar to New York. It’s a very modern, dark place. Ridley shows us a place where normal people live and do normal things and near them, there are places and people you will not want to go near, ever. The entire vibe of this place is dark and scary but with it, so normal.
The main character, Jonathan who is a private investigator. I love how Jonathan carries himself through his job and all things magical. He is my favorite character, so tortured and real, he is a perfectly made character. From the start, Jonathan finds himself in a very rough situation of quitting magic all at once and he is not going through this easily at all and just then, life came knocking on his door with a case to solve.
I loved how the author showed the yin-yang dragon balance as the author showed so well. Jonathan vs. Magic, just perfect. Jonathan gets to see through others in the story and throughout his own addiction, just how corrupted the magic is and what it does to the body.
Ridley did a great job keeping me glued to the story, and every time I thought I solved the mystery, it turned up to be far from it.
I love the author’s writing style and the overall theme of this book.
Ridley’s dark humor and has a good eye for details, this is also a book full of emotions, dark thoughts and tons of dark humor.
If you love suspense and paranormal, you’ll love this book a lot. This was a fast read book, full of plot twists and wonderful storytelling and… The cover is gorgeous 😉
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤