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The Eddie Lancaster Series: Volume 1 Books 1-3

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Series: Eddie Lancaster, Book 1-3
Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

The first three books in the Eddie Lancaster series: Warlock for Hire, Warlock Wanted, and Dark Warlock.

My name is Eddie Lancaster. I've outfought vampires, outplanned seers, taken on the fairy kingdom, and even created my own species.

I've been on the run since I was a teenager. I have the unique ability to siphon magic out of anyone and anything. My former mentor wanted me to put my talents to work for her gain. When I refused she murdered my parents. She's been after me ever since.

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Shayne Silvers, Steve McHugh, Patricia Briggs, Shannon Mayer, or Ben Aaronovitch, you will love the Eddie Lancaster series. 

Hit buy now to jump into the not-so-heroic world of Eddie Lancaster today!

©2019 Sean Stone (P)2019 Sean Stone

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Eddie is becoming more dislikeable

His devil-may-care attitude was amusing in the first book but has become less so in subsequent books.
None the less, a good third book with some reasonable resolutions and a plausible hook into book 4. Definitely worth a read.

I received a free copy of this book and chose to write a review.

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Definitely not a good follow-on to Rivers of London

I think this was recommended as like the rivers of London series, but I didn't feel that this story was in the same league, in terms of both character and plot.
I also didn't enjoy the narration, sorry. It felt rather unconvincing and detracted from the story. I actually felt it would be interesting to read the book and see how it compared to how the story comes across with the narrator.

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Definitely worth downloading

Having already listened to the first book in this series, I downloaded this omnibus to continue listening to the series. Having listened to another book since reading the first one, I would say I enjoyed books 2 & 3 more than book 1. Not sure why, maybe it was the enforced break or the change of subject matter, but having read 2 I had to go straight onto book 3.

I do think that the narrator is not quite right for this book, his cadence sometimes is jarring and I feel it quite doesn’t flow as it should, but I’m happy to report that it wasn’t bad enough to put me off either listening to all 3 books, or from purchasing any future books.

Entertaining urban fantasy tales which pull the reader along, happily engrossed right through to the end. As I said in my book 1 review, if you like the Dresden Files then give this one a shot, it hits the mark a lot closer than other books that have been similarly recommended.

[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review]

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Very enjoyable

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. So here it is...

I really enjoyed this book, the story was good & very easy to listen to. The narrator is a great fit and has a nice voice that portrays the character very well.

I saw this advertised as a book similar to the Dresden files. That was a big statement and caught my attention as I already have the entire DF series on audible and it’s one of my favourites. I’d say it was a fair assessment and if that’s the sort of book you like then this ian definitely one for you!

Prior to this audible book, I had never listened to this authors work, nor had I heard the narrator before. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future works from both.

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  • A Bookworm
  • 24-02-20

DNF

As a Harry Dresden fan, I really wanted to like this, and the narrator was pretty good. However, though the premise of the series intrigued me, and though I could perhaps tolerate the overweening arrogance, the annoying tendency to talk down to the audience and even the misogyny of the main character, I found the villain too cartoonishly evil and the damsel (Ashley), a little too irritating. Put together with the paper-thin plot, I only lasted halfway through the first book. I might give this another read one day, but for now, it's on my DNF pile.

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  • NoOneSpecial
  • 26-02-20

Whew that was fun!

I really loved Eddie and his world. He is an anti hero with very few redeeming characteristics. Loved every minute I spent in his head.

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 10-06-20

Like a little bit of dark snark in your warlock?

The Eddie Lancaster Series: Volume 1 Books 1-3 by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills is an amusing listen imo, but I can see how it could be a turn off for some. Eddie can be a bit of an arrogant, sarcastic dillhole in the first book, but as the series progresses he becomes more likable- still sarcastic but more likeable. Eddie isn’t afraid to do things that cross the moral lines at times, but perhaps it’s because he has a curse in him (darkness) or maybe it’s just he way he is. If you don’t mind a little of what I’ve described, def give this a listen. If this type of character isn’t your thing, look elsewhere, but I really recommend sticking with it through at least the second book. I found myself migrating back to Eddie’s story and it was difficult to put down once I started the second book. Break down book by book is below. 4 ½ stars for story.

The narrator, Hannibal Hills, did a wonderful job voicing Eddie throughout the series. If Hannibal hadn't voiced Eddie so well, I don't think I'd be giving such a good review. He def made the character not so annoying- can’t say I’d feel the same if I read the book (but who knows...), so do yourself a favor and listen to it. 5 stars for narration.

Book One (I picked this book up first and the bundle later):
Eddie, a warlock who does pretty much anything for the right amount of money, gets involved with a client named Ashley, who needs help. Only she doesn’t want his help at first, but he butts in anyways. Eventually they form a friendship (of sorts) to take down Killian, a ruthless leader and seer. How do you take down a guy who can see the future and has his hands in everything? There is an underlying back story that helped keep it interesting and, I assume, will serve a purpose in future books.

“The point is, don’t waste time. We all have a small amount of time. We shouldn’t waste it. Spend your time doing the things you love. Things that make you happy. Don’t waste time worrying about things that might or might not happen. Just get on with your life. Cheesy I know, but in your case, it serves a valuable lesson.”

“I wanted to drag it out for as long as possible, but I’m smart enough to know not to tempt fate. It happens countless times in films; whoever has the upper hand takes their time about things and the tables quickly get turned.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: kidnapping, drugging, death, weapons (gun, knives). Language used: Fx24, Sx11.

Book Two: Warlock Wanted
Eddie is dealing with the fallout from the battle with Killian resulting in Inspector Richards hot on his tail. Trying to make money to live, he agrees to a job investigating missing people in a local park. Only it’s not so simple as Rachel wants Eddie to do her bidding. Rachel killed Eddie’s parents when he was a child (perhaps that’s why he’s a little jolted in life) and has plans for him and his ability to steal magic. When Rachel puts his friends on the chopping block, Eddie must make a decision as it’s no longer just about him. There’s a lot of action, different mythological creatures (vampires, wendigo, ghost), dark elements, life lessons/choices, relationship elements (friends, lovers), and interesting back stories.

“Her words hit me like a dick-slap on both sides of the face.”

“He was an old man, at least fifty. Some people might not thing that’s old but I do and since it’s my story my opinion is the only one that matters. He had dark grey hair and huge bushy eyebrows to match. I mean really bushy. Something could be living in them.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this will be kept minimal due to spoilers, but expect things like death, kidnapping, drugging, weapons, or like things. Language used: Sx8, Fx25.

Book Three: Dark Warlock
Eddie is now working with police helping to solve the case of missing children. He continues to struggle with the curse of darkness and figuring out what is him and what is the darkness. While this story is of darker nature, there is a bit of fun to it. You can probably listen to this story as a stand alone. While we get characters (Ashley and Inspector Richards) from the previous books, we get a new story line complete with gnomes, mystery, imps, ghosts, black markets, fairy realm, the defunct supernatural investigations team, the new SIT of sorts, and plenty more.

This book certainly brings the series to the next level in many ways. I look forward to the next and what’s in store for Eddie.

“But my grandmother always said we shouldn’t let the trouble of the past stop us from doing what’s right in the present.”

“One thing I admire about children is their lack of respect for social rules. If they have a question they just ask it. If adults did that the world would be a much simpler place.”

“My instinct was to shut the kid in a cupboard but I knew that wasn’t the right way to react to a bit of attitude.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Same or similar to those listed above. Language used: Sx7, Fx28.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-20

Dumb wanker

Tried to hard to make a dumb wanker a lovable character, but if that’s what the author was going for then did a really good job

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  • Koolaid53
  • 04-12-19

Pissed off Warlock

This is a relaxing read for me. It is like Harry Dresden but with a really pissed off Warlock as the main character. He fumbles his way through the cases and gets it right somehow.

Definitely a good listen on a cold day.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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  • Adam W Whyrick
  • 29-11-19

Do not buy this book series

First, this series is a knock off of the Dresden Files, and not a very good one. Pissed off warlock, evil mentor, hot girl magician friend, cop sidekick, and mysteries to solve, it even has a hidden laboratory.

Do not waste your money.

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