Savage Prophet (print) by James A. Hunter

Savage Prophet feels like a high point in the Yancy Lazarus series. There is so much madness and mayhem that I had to pick my jaw up off the floor several times!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

savage-prophetTitle: Savage Prophet
Author: James A. Hunter
Series: Yancy Lazarus # 4
Publish Date: October 7, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover: Harper Design
SourceBewitching Book Tours
Buy LinkAmazon

Publisher’s DescriptionLegions of murderous undead, Haitian voodoo, and a five-thousand-year old serpent god.

Yeah, ’cause that’s exactly what Yancy Lazarus needs in his life: more complications. As if being the Hand of Fate and the newly appointed guardian over one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse wasn’t headache enough.

All Yancy wants is an easy life on the open road—chock-full of ribs, beer, cigarettes, and smoky bars blaring with gritty blues music—but that just isn’t in the cards. Nope, not anymore. He’s been charged to save the world and now that he’s got a no-shit demon riding shotgun in his head, he’s sorta committed to the cause.

If Yancy can’t sort through this colossal heap of bullshit, he’s coffin bound. But, he’s not dead yet. In fact, he even has a lead.

Turns out one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse—the pale Rider, Death—is slumming around in one of Yancy’s old haunts. In order to corner this new threat, though, Yancy’s gonna have to face some deadly supernatural nightmares from his distant past. And, to make matters worse, he’s not the only one trailing the Pale Rider. A powerful new mage with some serious magical chops, is also aiming to find the Fourth Seal and he’ll do whatever it takes to win. Even if it means hurting those closest to Yancy …

Like F.B.I. Agent Nicole Ferraro.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

Yet here I was on the receiving end, in desperate need of a State Farm agent, ’cause he’d just burned my ass to the ground.

This is an urban fantasy, no sex, lots of death and much to my dismay, a cliffhanger.  This is not a stand alone, please start with Yancy’s book #1.

There are a few series that I feel passionately about. Yancy’s story is one of them. Yancy is a salty, ill-behaved 68-year old Marine who is a mage that has seen too much and done far worse. He’s been betrayed, loved, and hated. He’s also funnier than anything I can ever compare. His sense of humor is one of those that makes me laugh out loud.

His story is continuing, though I have no idea how he’s keeping himself alive. In this book, it’s never a good day for Yancy. He’s got more on his plate by just waking up in the morning than I have in all my life. He has to out-guess the Fates and try boxing in a demon. He has to figure out puzzles and keep at least three moves ahead of his enemy…which he’s not always sure the identity.

badge4v4He’s trying so hard to do the right thing that sometimes he has to do the wrong thing to get him into the place he needs to be to do the right thing. The secondary characters are not disappointing either. The world is a mixture of Earth as we know it, Faerie, and an other world that is deadly if you don’t know what you are doing and treacherous even if you do.

Yancy Lazarus is a one of-a-kind and his story is the ultimate conspiracy theory.  If you think the government is bad, you’ve never met the bathrobe-wearing shitpickle of the Guild.  That’s Yancy’s word – not mine.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Savage Prophet is a game changing novel in the Yancy Lazarus series. Poor Yancy goes through Hell trying to find and stop the next seal bearer. To make matters worse, the Guild is after him.

I had some very visceral reactions to this book. The bugs, the bokker’s place with dead things everywhere, the torture. I was cringing and grimacing a lot, which means the writing and description is doing its job.

There are some sweet elements to this book as well. Yancy has a nice couple of scenes with Lady Luck and the Fates. There’s also a new character introduced, Darlene, who is absolutely adorable. I’m confident that Darlene will soon become the patron saint of all administrative assistants everywhere.

badge4v4The biggest compliment I can give this book is that it made me want to go read the whole series over again. Characters and story elements from previous books are interwoven into the big picture, and I want to see if I can detect them on a reread. 4.5.

Our reviews in this series…

About the Author…

Hey all, my name is James Hunter and I’m a writer, among other things. So just a little about me: I’m a former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). I’m also a member of The Royal Order of the Shellback—’cause that’s a real thing. I’ve also been a missionary and international aid worker in Bangkok, Thiland. And, a space-ship captain, can’t forget that.

Okay … the last one is only in my imagination.

Currently, I’m a stay at home Dad—taking care of my two kids—while also writing full time, making up absurd stories that I hope people will continue to buy. When I’m not working, writing, or spending time with family, I occasionally eat and sleep.

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FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

Posted on October 7, 2016, in 4-Good, Invested Ivana, Nervous Nellie, Review, Urban Fantasy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You ladies are amazing! Thank you so much for reading and for your continued support! Can’t thank you enough.

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  2. Reblogged this on JAMES A. HUNTER and commented:
    A pair of awesome reviews from my two favorite book bloggers in the whole world. Check out all of their reviews at OneBookTwo.

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