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SpellCrash by Kelly McCullough

I’m sad to see this series go. But McCullough does a wonderful job at bringing everyone back for a big ole reunion – one filled with humor, cybermagic, and lots of fight scenes. Spoilers ahead, ya’ll.

spellcrashTitle: SpellCrash
Author: Kelly McCullough
Series: Webmage Book 05
Publish Date: May 8th 2010
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Ravirn is the best hacker around. But when the system controlling the multiverse needs a massive reboot, Ravirn must utilize all of his skills as a mage and prevent complete chaos-even if it costs him his life.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

What a book. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Though the ending is rather open – it also settles things quite nicely. The characters are so engaging, the plot is so original, and the action in nonstop in this.

Necessity and Nemesis gone. For a while there, I thought everybody was going to throw in the towel and just dive into sacrifice mode, especially since that’s Ravirn’s specialty. First it was Shara, then Fenris, Cerice, and even Alecto. It was interesting to see the split between the “four” sisters – Megaera with the bad guy, Alecto on Necessity’s side and on her own, Tisiphone in the Norse MythOS, and Cerice trying to maintain the peace as a transformed Fury. I also found it interesting that Ravirn now knows what it’s like to screw around with both fire and ice. The irony of that made me laugh.

Although there was one little part I got confused on and the ending was a bit rushed, I really, really liked this one and therefore, gave it five stars. Maybe it was because there was a lot less computer lingo until about a 1/3 of the way through and I understood it better, but I guess I just liked how the other parts of the book fell in.

And Eris, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! The nature of the gods are so fascinating – multi-faceted and driven by their own needs. I’ve always enjoyed Eris/Discord’s character and was glad she stayed true to the end, not to mention the same with Zeus, Hades, and Fate. I think the final Titan really showed them he was there to stay, always watching, though in the end, it didn’t matter because Ravirn’s place was taken by the lovely Persephone.

badge5v4I’m fascinated by this, I really am. I would reread this any time. If you love great world building, comical dialogue, Greek god interpretations, and computers, this is for you. Actually, this series is for anyone.

Great stuff, McCullough really knows his stuff and I agree he’s created his own subgenre.

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If you like this book…

…certainly check out the rest of the Webmage series. You might also try works by J. F. Lewis, Christopher Stasheff, or John Levitt.

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MythOS by Kelly McCullough

Ravirn honestly can’t catch a break.

mythosTitle: MythOS
Author: Kelly McCullough
Series: Webmage Book 04
Publish Date: March 31st 2009
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: In the 21st century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital. But when Ravirn-a computer savvy sorcerer-is thrown into a parallel world where magic runs on a different operating system, he’ll need mad skills to get out alive.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

While repairing Necessity – the world’s supercomputer – he’s thrown into a parallel world. One where Greek gods don’t exist – and the Norse pantheon does. Now his cybermagic doesn’t work, he’s got new enemies to deal with, and he’s running out of time to fix Necessity before it’s too late. Small spoilers head.

Weirdest ending ever. It was a little too fast and abrupt and left so many questions unanswered. Like…when and why did Tisiphone decide she needed to stay in the Norse MythOS? I know she’d enjoyed some parts of it but her will to go home seemed higher up on the list than kicking back and enjoying herself.

There were some things that confused me about this book. The shrinking spells at the beginning when they met up with Ahllan after getting shipped off to the Norse MythOS (which is not explained, how or why) really got me because that whole scene was very rushed and a little off. And of course, quantum descriptions and code still confuses me since I’m not exactly the computer type.

But everything else…man, I wish I had McCullough’s brain. His blending of magic, Greek myths, and technology is just so amazing. I love Ravirn’s “I’m not a hero” personality and that he just does things out of whim without thinking about the consequences.

All the Norse big guys are out to play in this. I loved the fight scenes with Laginn and Tyr and Heimdall. I also love love love Fenrir. And on the Greek side of things, I like that Tisiphone is finally showing truer, more forgiving, more HUMAN character traits and that her decision to stay in the Norse pantheon gives her a weakness in that tough shell. Sad to see a character go, though glad she’s somewhat still part of the Norse world in her own way.

badge4v4A shiny four for the usual awesome world building, hilarious dialogue, and great characters.

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If you like this book…

…certainly check out the rest of the Webmage series. You might also try works by J. F. Lewis, Christopher Stasheff, or John Levitt.

CodeSpell by Kelly McCullough

When the magical super computer that runs the whole world crashes – it’s up to Ravirn to fix it.

codesllTitle:  CodeSpell
Author: Kelly McCullough
SeriesWebmage Book 03
Publish Date: May 27th 2008
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: In the twenty-first century magic has gone digital, and Ravirn, a direct descendant of one of the three Fates, is a talented sorcerer and computer hacker extraordinaire. So when Necessity, the sentient computer that runs the universe, catches a virus that crashes most of the magical Internet, Ravirn is tasked with fixing it. Whoever repairs Necessity will, for that moment, run the universe. Unfortunately for the sorcerer, some very dangerous beings have figured that out too.

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Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Necessity has caught a nasty virus. And although Ravirn has been tasked with removing it, he’s not the only one interested in getting a hold of Necessity. Because whoever fixes it, will temporarily gain control over the world…

Ravirn “Raven” is over his head. He’s got new powers and a new identity. He’s also got glowing eyes that won’t let him sleep. Necessity, the world’s supercomputer, has gone down and the gods all want him to fix it – or else. And he’s got a brand new enemy, Nemesis, gunning for him. On top of all the other bad guys he’s collected as rivals.

I wanted to give this one a five but there were a few things that kind of confused me. (Not including the detailed computer stuff I am still processing). I don’t like the calendar jumping. It goes from minute by minute details to two weeks later and sometimes, it’s a bit disorienting for the reader. Sometimes I can’t tell when he’s connected virtually with his athame link or when he’s in the real world. And there’s just a few confusing jumps in the scenes – one in particular where he was at Zeus’s party and suddenly he woke up and he was getting shot at. I didn’t know he fell asleep to begin with or what was going on. But those are my only complaints.

As for character development, it’s interesting to see Ravirn learn his way through chaos. I loved meeting his family near the beginning, especially knowing his mom disapproves of his leaving the House of Fate. Hearing from the other Fates was nice too, though I’m eager to see if more than just Clotho will ever return in the next two books.

And Zeus and Athena! Such an interesting take on those characters. I mean, the whole series is a very unique story line mixing both Greek mythology and technology together. I just love the idea. So original!

A little bit more romance for the Raven as well – such a slut, I love it! Now that Tisiphone is in the picture (or maybe not from that ending) and Cerice is still doing her weird thing, I’m betting this will become a very interesting love triangle for our slow-on-the-uptake Ravirn. Eager to see how that plays out.

badge4v4Of course, gotta mention that cover. The whole series has been done by Christian McGrath. Out of the five, this is my second favorite. (I still have so much love for the cover of WebMage). I like how it shows Ravirn twice, giving him the chaotic Raven look – but also the dangerous mirrored look of the ultimate Nemesis.

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If you like this book…

…certainly check out the rest of the Webmage series. You might also try works by J. F. Lewis, Christopher Stasheff, or John Levitt.

Cybermancy by Kelly McCullough

Ravirn is in trouble again – imagine that! Feeling badly for leaving Cerice’s AI familiar in Hell, Ravirn and Melchior, his own AI, plan a trip to Hell to get her back. Bad trouble follows.

cybermancyTitle: Cybermancy
Author: Kelly McCullough
Series: Webmage Book 02
Publish Date: October 25, 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: To save his girlfriend’s webgoblin, Ravirn-a sorcerer with a shape-changing laptop-must brave Hell itself. Can he do it without corrupting the magical Internet-and without facing the Lord of the Dead himself?

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Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Fantastic setup. I found I could understand some of the things I’d misunderstood in the first one better once they were summarized in this book. The same with the third one. I like the idea that Ravirn’s a bit shy of his new identity.

Cerberus is introduced in this book! I love it. I love that the author portrays the three-headed dog as three different species of dogs when it comes to their heads. Three different personalities as well, driven towards one ultimate goal. One of my favorite new characters. The take McCullough has on Persephone and Hades was neat too, giving Hades a very bad mojo and Persephone a very sympathetic vibe.

Although the computer lingo was a bit better in this one, I still had some difficulty understanding some of the things. I do love the virtual bit where he stabs himself in the hand to become virtually part of the environment. I think that’s such a cool thing to do. If not a little gruesome.

Ravirn is learning stubbornly what it means to be the Raven and interacting with the Furies and other gods on a whole new level. I love it that he’s growing even though he doesn’t want to.

badge4v4Oh, and of course, the innuendo and teasings. You can always tell a person loves you when they tease you like that and poke fun at your faults without doing it in a mean way. Poor Ravirn. The goddess of chaos gets him every time.  And the relationship with Cerice became interesting, especially after the tidbit with Tisiphone in the elevator.

I love this series. Four hearts overall.

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If you like this book…

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Webmage by Kelly McCullough

If you like these two things, you’ll love this series. First off: hilarious, horny, and sometimes brooding heroes like Ravirn, who sweeps the story away with his goofy charm and impeccable habits of getting into trouble. Secondly, if you’re a fan of great storytelling and world building, you’ll love this Greek gods meets cyber magic.

webmageTitle: WebMage
Author: Kelly McCullough
Series: Webmage Book 01
Publish Date: July 25, 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Ravirn is not your average computer geek. A child of the Fates—literally—he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can zero in on the fatal flaw in any program. Now that twenty-first-century magic has gone digital that makes him a very talented sorcerer. But a world of problems is about to be downloaded on Ravirn—who’s just trying to pass his college midterms.

Great Aunt Atropos, one of the three Fates, decides that humans having free will is really overrated and plans to rid herself of the annoyance—by coding a spell into the Fate Core, the server that rules destiny. As a hacker, Ravirn is a big believer in free will, and when he not only refuses to debug her spell but actively opposes her, all hell breaks loose.

Even with the help of his familiar Melchior, a sexy sorceress (who’s also a mean programmer), and the webgoblin underground, it’s going to be a close call…

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Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Ravirn is a child of the Greek fates and with the help of his trusted AI/familiar/portable laptop Melchior, he’s been able to get himself out of a lot of trouble. Well, until now. He’s turned down an offer made by his Aunt Lechesis – a plan that involves digitally enslaving all of humanity. With Furies and goddesses after him, he’s got to turn to unexpected allies to help get him out. But deal-making with the Greek gods is an awesome way to wreck your plans.

Ravirn is young and full of innuendos, especially since he hooks up with a cyber-sorceress named Cerise. She’s also a child of the fates (though from different lines, no incest here) and a computer-magic whiz. With her help and the help of the WebGoblin who saves his life, they’re able to stop Lachesis temporarily with their computer skills.

The characters really make this book for me. They’re funny and badasses for the most part; intelligence and magic go hand and hand and Ravirn proves he’s smarter than even he believes, until he does something pretty stupid cause he’s goofy and likes chaos.

This is an exciting start to a very awesome series. However, I did have a couple issues. I’m not exactly a computer guru and so some of the terminology really had me scrambling to keep up with what was going on. I think I could have used some more details explaining certain things but for the most part, the story was easy to get a “feel” for. The only other thing that bothered me was the rushed ending. Yes, it’s left pretty limitless to what could happen, but it all flew by so fast that I got whiplash trying to figure out what just happened. I had to reread a few times.

badge4v4Other than that, I was totally happy with this series. Recommended for fans of computers and fantasy. This is such a unique idea. A big shiny four!

Oh, and did anyone see that gorgeous cover? That’s one of the many wonders by Christian McGrath, a dear friend and cover artist for some of the best urban fantasy/sci-fi out there. It’s honestly the reason I got this book but once I read it, I loved it, so that made it that much better. I encourage you to check out his work at www.christianmcgrath.com because I’ll bet you’ll fall in love!

Stand Out Award Badge2Kat’s Best Cover: WebMage – Christian McGrath. Just like the cover reveals, Ravirn is sexy, fast, and a techno-wiz. I’ve loved this cover since I first laid eyes on it. Since I recently read and reviewed this, it seemed fitting that it would earn the award. Christian McGrath does a wonderful job as usual.

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If you like this book…

…certainly check out the rest of the Webmage series. You might also try works by J. F. Lewis, Christopher Stasheff, or John Levitt.