Sunday, 29 September 2013

URBAN FANTASY DEBUT REVIEW: Pax Arcana 1: Charming - Elliott James

Release Date: 24/09/13
Publisher:  Orbit


John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?


An unusual and fun type of Urban Fantasy that brings a wonderful touch to the fore as the world of Fae-rie tale and our own collide in this new book by Elliott James. The principle character is a lot of fun, is witty, has some sarcastic moments and when the reader gets to know him sees the vulnerable side brought to the fore as he fears not only what he is but events from his past catching up.

The story has some great twists, brings other outsiders into a cohesive group as well as giving the reader a team that they just can’t wait to spend time with. All in a great start and I definitely look forward to seeing how the “Knights” will cope with one of their own returning.

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