I'm almost as excited to be a part of The Curse Merchant blog tour as I was to read the actual book! JP Sloan's debut novel is full of action, mystery, magic, and more, and it kept me up waaaay past my bedtime. And now I can't wait for the second book in the series!
Dorian Lake uses his talent for magic to make hexes, and he tries hard to keep himself and his practice free of the dark influences of Netherwork- aka dark magic. He's built a solid life as a Baltimore hex maker, and all seems well.
Until the day the woman he once loved tells him she's sold her soul to a rival magician- one steeped in Netherwork- and she has only two weeks to get it back. Dorian descends into a world of lies, betrayal, and evil to help her- at the risk of his own soul. Along the way, he has to stay one step ahead of the Presidium, a shadowy organization that polices magic users.
One of the things I really loved about this book was the setting. Sloan has a gift for making the city really come alive in his writing. Sloan presents us with a city that seems normal at first glance. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll turn up a whole vibrant magical world full of good and bad magicians, buried secrets, exclusive secret clubs, and guardians both protective and menacing. It's a world where, once you scratch the surface, nothing is as it seems, and Dorian has to work hard to uncover the secrets and lies surrounding him. The Curse Merchant has twists and turns at every corner, and will keep you guessing until the very end. All in all, this is the start of a very promising series. Definitely a full five stars.
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