I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw. Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster.
Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway.
So here I am, alive for some reason, just another sunny day in Miami. It's a perfect paradise, except I'm into something bad. Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, nether creatures coming out of the woodwork, and don't get me started on the Haitian voodoo gang. Trust me, it's all fun and games until there's a zombie pit bull on your tail.
I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw, and totally screwed.
Title: Dead Man (Black Magic Outlaw Book One)
Author: Domino Finn
Published: December 23, 2015
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural
First, I want to say that I was originally drawn to this book not just by the interesting blurb, but also by the intriguing cover art. As Domino Finn says in the acknowledgments, “Judge my books by his covers.” The “he” is James T. Egan of BookFly. I’ve been burned in the past, suckered by great cover art, only to realize that the writing was atrocious, but that is certainly not the case here. Dead Man was non-stop action and well written (and edited) from the first page to the last.
The main character is a back-from-the-dead man who refers to himself in the third person. He’s Francisco Suarez to his family, Cisco to everyone else. He is the kind of character you can’t help cheering for, with a mix of boyish charm, a dash of arrogance, but always the bighearted underdog.
Obviously, Cisco my favorite character, but if I had to choose a close second, it would be Kasper, a tattoo parlor owner. We only meet him once, but as a Norwegian biker whose Norse runes tattoos are enchanted, I’d love to pick his brain. And if he was in a stupor, unable to chat, I’d just admire the medieval implements and Viking helmet with horns, among other things, that adorn the walls of his shop.
This book is filled with all types of magic and magical creatures from several cultures, so there is never a dull moment, even when Cisco casts a spell, and waits for earthworms to make their way deep into the soil of a cemetery.
I love that this book wraps up the mysteries Cisco is trying to solve, but also leaves room for more action and mysteries. No doubt Cisco will get himself in a tight spot again, and I can’t wait to read Shadow Play, the second book in the Black Magic Outlaw series. This is an excellent story, and I recommend it to all fans of dark fantasy, magic, and paranormal.
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