Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella
Another demon to fight. Another dark spirit. Another vampire. Another day in the life of Professor Croft. Will this be his last?
Publisher’s Description: Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.
Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.
That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.
Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.
Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.
No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.
Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?
Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
Combo Harry Dresden, Indiana Jones & Yancy Lazarus. Urban Fantasy, no sex, plenty of magic, no cliffhanger.
This was an amazing ride. The protagonist held the best features I love in other books. The writing was absolutely engaging and I read the whole book in one evening because I couldn’t stop. I am excited to find another series to read!
Okay, if you haven’t tried this series, try it. It kept coming up on my recommendations and I kept putting it off. Yeah. Yeah. I see you, Professor Croft. I’ll get to you soon. Well, I couldn’t handle the nagging and started it after work one night. I have to tell ya, I couldn’t stop until I finished. It was AWESOME! Truly.
Like I said, Professor Croft is a combination Harry Dresden, Indiana Jones and Yancy Lazarus except his story takes place in a different version of New York City. I can’t decide if it’s post-apocalyptic, but Everson does mention a “crash” and basically a vampire is in charge of Wall Street – where there is a wall…again. Like Indy, Professor Croft has a self-important “supervisor” at the college that really wants him out. There is another professor that Everson has the hots for and she is not aware of the wizard life he leads. I think she thinks he’s a hopeless drunkard and criminal, but he’s really just trying to keep the mundanes and the world for that matter safe. There is also the matter of his ancient ancestry. He descends from…well, read the book. You’ll see.
The story has got twists and turns to it that I never saw coming. I was led in a direction and I followed it hook, line and sinker. Then after I chastised myself for falling for that ruse, I fell into another one. Don’t think for a moment that this is an easy mystery to figure out because I was lured into a false sense of security and at the end when all hell broke loose (literally) I was in shock and awe.
Yes, I’ve already bought the next in the series, but I have to pace myself. There are only two in the series so far along with a prequel.