Black Luck, Prof Croft #5 by Brad Magnarella
Did you think that Prof Everson Croft was finished saving New York? Nah, the beasties keep coming. Everson has a new partner. She’s a woman…and it’s not Vega!
Title: Black Luck
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Prof Croft #5
Publish Date: May 20, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description: ’Cause sometimes luck ain’t enough
In the year since the Whisperer’s attack, I’ve been busting my hump to become my best wizard, like my father. Now I’m ready for a test.
When a dark mage starts planting infernal bags around New York City, I get my wish. Like time bombs, the bags detonate without warning, spawning demonic beings that rip the souls of innocents from their bodies. And the attacks are accelerating.
Meanwhile, a new wizard has come to town. A recent addition to the Order, Pierce is everything I’m not: refined, self-assured, and adept at magic. He even has Detective Vega blushing. If riling my resentment wasn’t enough, he’s trying to shoulder me out of my own case, stoking my suspicions.
With the race to stop the dark mage growing more desperate by the minute, I need to prove that I’m the wizard to get it done—not Pierce. And without relying on my luck quotient.
That saying about being careful what you wish for?
It’s there for a reason.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
Prof Croft has been practicing…and practicing…and practicing. Is he as good as he could be? No. Is he getting better? Yes. This action packed book is filled with spells, casters, demons and the big question that foreshadows the story? Is New York big enough for two wizards? Hard to know unless you read the book.
Black Luck doesn’t have any sex in it. Lots of death of poor unsuspecting regular folk but not too gory- just sad. Everson is having a hard time with this case. There is a new wizard in town and Everson is a tad jealous of the new showman. This story is more about Everson’s growth as a person instead of a wizard. He’s got work to do in his professional life as well as his personal one.
I really enjoy Everson’s world. I think my favorite character is Tabitha, the talking cat. She doesn’t have any golden insight or does she assist in any major way. She’s just a talking cat and that’s enough. Now, if you want me to name my favorite part of the book, it’d have to be when Everson’s partner calls to the murderous imps and makes them mind. She should be called the Imp Caller. Or the Creature Tamer. Or Dark World Whisperer. Any of those would be accurate.
I enjoyed seeing a glimpse inside of Everson and Ricki Vega’s new life. They are trying hard to stay together but with the pressures of the job it’s proving difficult. I’m always a sucker for a good romance. There isn’t much romance in this story, but I enjoyed what there was.
Black Luck? 5 stars for sure.
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