I wrote a review and then because of a technical issue, I lost it. Now I’m upset and will write a short review instead.
This book is super cliched with all the urban fantasy tropes used in the 1990s thrown in it. The main character is a nihilist with some serious magic ability. He smokes, hates everyone, is only out for himself, but wants to take revenge on someone that hurt his friend. The plot is wrapped up in conspiracy theories that made me want to put a tin foil hat on(the Illuminati is actually in this book). The book seemed really dated, from the 90s, but was actually written in 2015. There was S&M, occult stuff, and rave scenes from Blade. The author thought that having Latin spells would be cool but it was actually annoying.
Regardless of all these things the plot had moments of surprises and the pacing was excellent. The main character, Ballard grew on me, but I especially liked his backstory. The backstories of all the characters were fantastic and Ballard’s friends were fun to read about. If you like your urban fantasy with a Constantine-like character, occult mumbojumbo, and a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream of a plot line, then you’ll like this. I just thought it was OK. At times, I disliked it and at other times I liked it. Bronson Pinchot was a super amazing narrator though and his accents were so good.
Plot – 2(OK)
Character – 2(OK)
World Building – 2(OK)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 1(Weak)