Tor Books, 2012
Fantasy; 352 pgs.
What better cover for a psychic than to be a real life magician? I love a good urban fantasy novel. Add in a mystery and a thrill and I’m in reader heaven. It was for those reasons that I eagerly dove into James Swain’s latest book, Dark Magic. I confess I had Harry Dresden on my mind at time time. I really need to jump back into Jim Butcher’s series . . .
Anyhow, Dark Magic features Peter Warlock, a magician by trade who is carrying a rather big secret. He is part of an underground group of psychics who use their abilities for the greater good, trying to prevent crimes before they happen. During their most recent séance, Peter witnesses a horrifying act of violence that results in multiple deaths. Unfortunately, the clues are scarce and he must figure out a way to pass along the information to the authorities without getting caught. Meanwhile, an attempt on Peter’s life leads to the realization that someone is out to kill not only him, but the other members of his group as well. It is a race against time to stop a terrorist attack and to save himself and his friends.
James Swain spins a great tale. Dark Magic was all it promised to be: suspenseful and thrilling. It had some unexpected twists along with the more expected ones—and I was glad to see that sometimes things were just as they seem.
I took to Peter right away. He is smart and daring, but also flawed. The author did a good job building his character and showing his growth over the course of the novel. I was not too keen on his girlfriend, Liza, I admit. She got on my nerves, actually.
There really isn’t too much else to say other than I can’t wait until the next installment in the series.
You can learn more about James Swain and his books on the author's website.
Source: E-Copy provided by publisher for review.
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