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Summary

It’s a case she can’t refuse.

Spell-slinger. Vampire-slayer. Magical albino ferret-rescuer. Meet Jacqueline Denna Knight, the best wizard detective in the city.

Jax turns vampires to ash and pain into magic. She also has a knack for finding things. So, when a distraught - and obscenely wealthy - elf calls Jax at midnight to hire her for an intriguing job, she grabs the opportunity with both hands.

But what Jax doesn’t know is that this case is going to unravel her life. She’ll get tangled up with a host of intriguing characters, most of whom are not who they appear to be.

As Jax speeds down a path toward the most powerful vampire clan in the country, she’ll have to put everything on the line. 

Will she be able to use her unique brand of magic to save the Realm?

This is a breakneck-paced mix of urban fantasy, irreverent humor, and detective noir. Fans of The Dresden Files and Jessica Jones will burn through this brand new addictive urban fantasy series.

Get it now.

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fantastic

a fantastic audiobook from the pens of J T Lawrence and M J Kraus and narrated by Roshina Ratnam xxxx

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A brilliant introduction to gripping series

To say my ears were transfixed would not be an exaggeration. As a female wizard Jax is a most unusual heroine, and with the pain from a tragic past which she builds on to create powerful magic, she's a compelling figure indeed. I particularly enjoyed the resident ghost in her flat. But there are many delicious details, and it seems there are no bounds to JT Lawrence's imagination. I love to listen to her stories while I do illustration, and the work simply flies out as the stories call me back to the computer after every break. Thank you JT, you certainly bring a lot of joy to my day.

The narrator is a delight, in spite of one or two mispronunciations - the delightful accents more than make up for that. One has the sense that Roshina Ratnam especially enjoys the orcs, gnomes and vampires she so effortlessly conjures up. A great performance.

I have voluntarily left this honest review after being offered a complimentary copy.

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Fabulous start to the series

Wow! Loved it from start to finish.
This is a modern day fantasy novel with all the usual types of creatures and a mixture of magic and science. Jax is a great character and I can’t wait to see what happens next to her.
All the characters are well developed with not so much detail that you lose the plot of the story. There were several intermingling stories, but it was easy to follow and very enjoyable.

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Fabulous

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

Jax is now a Wizard Detective and in her spare time a vampire killer .
She is asked by an Elf to find the Highfire Crown she doesn’t know that a vampire clan is also after the crown so things get quite heated for her.

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Typical urban fantasy premise done well

There are a number of common traits in many urban fantasy novels and this one checks off quite a few of them with the main character being a supernaturally-powered, financially hard-up, snarky detective with a tragic past, but the character comes across as far more than just that checklist of tropes and heads up an entertaining and varied cast of supernatural characters. I'm not fully convinced by her practically having a catchphrase to go with her powers though.

The setting for this book is something that could have set it more apart from others in the genre with it being set in Johannesburg rather than London or one of the major American cities, but I didn't find the difference to be that significant as it came across as the author telling us the setting more than showing us, although maybe those more familiar with the setting would appreciate the differences more.

The narration of this book was a definite strength, serving to help to further build the main character and also to enhance supernatural feel of the supporting cast too.

Overall, a fast-paced and enjoyable introduction to this series.

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

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  • True
  • 20-04-20

a great addition to the urban fantasy genre.

disclaimer I received this book for free for a review my opinions are my own.

looking for another wizard detective / vampire hunter well you found it and she is a firecracker. this is a great opening novel to what I expect will be a great series.

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  • MrsBPerez
  • 31-03-20

Downloading second book now

Good start to what seems to be a very good series. Action packed, fast paced, other worldly story with a great protagonist! Good times. The narrator was fantastic as well.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 26-03-20

Loved this!

I loved this audiobook production! Having read this book previously, I was familiar with the story, but Roshina Ratnam's narration brought it to life in a whole new way. Fantasy novels that feature any number of creatures - from trolls to orcs, goblins, dwarfs and elves, to name a few - present their own challenges in terms of the unique "voices" that each species embodies, but Ratnam is well up to this challenge. Various accents also sounded great.
I love this magical world JT has created in Micah Kraus's universe. I love the magic, the intrigue, the humour, and the characters.
Roll on, Book 2!

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  • Robert Rowe
  • 28-01-20

When does the movie come out?

This story was that good. I don't normally listen to urban fantasy but the description of this book caught my eye and I thought that I'd give it a try. I'm glad that I did. It has almost non-stop action and a twisty-turny plot. Jax runs from one job to another that are separate but inter-connected. The fantasy elements are consistent and well developed. It made for a believable world.

And speaking of Jax, she's a great character. Tough as nails, smart, and kicks lots of butt. There were some comedic elements to the story too. Almost a lighter version of a grown up Harry Potter; like if Harry grew up to be a private detective.

The narrator did a really good job. This story was performed, not read. The pacing was appropriate to make you feel the action and the voices were distinct, unique, and clear. Everything that you want from a voice actor.

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

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  • Harry
  • 22-01-20

So many bad guys, so few good girls.

What's a girl to do when she is frequently surrounded by those who want what she has? Beat them senseless and move on to the next batch. Good voice acting highlights this story too.

I was given this audiobook by one of the authors and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Brenda Blair
  • 16-01-20

Honest review

I really loved this book. So much magic, witchcraft, and other worldly beings in one book. I love the fact that Jacqueline never gave up. Definitely well put together and narrated. I also need to find out what happened to Gizmo.

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  • Jeff M.
  • 10-01-20

Great job!

Love love love Roshina Ratnam! I continue to maintain that she should pretty much be a mandatory hire for any author creating a female-perspective audiobook that occurs in South Africa. :) She does her usual great job here.

Oh yeah, there's a book here too. :) It's also excellent. I've enjoyed Ms. Lawrence's cyberpunk stories and so I was looking forward to giving this different genre (and team-up with another author) a try. In short, it was well-done in my opinion. The story sucks you in with mysteries galore, and more is going on than initially seems apparent. It's fun following along as things are unwrapped piece by piece. The main character is also easy to root for, and the magical world the authors created is interesting and treated matter-of-factly which is a nice sort of change-of-pace compared to some stories. It's just where things happen to be occurring rather than something to gawk at, which is a cool approach.

Bottom line, give this one a try. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Jon Doe
  • 02-01-20

Quite a book.

First off, the pleasantries. This being an audiobook, the narrator read at a good speed, no need to shift the dial to either side of the line. The pronunciation of some things was a bit off from what I am used to, though that may very well be an issue with the South African locale, rather than a need for a pronunciation guide.

In terms of the source text, Johannesburg was a nice change from the average big city locales, even if just in minor details, opposing such magical places as London, LA, or New York. The characters were well described, and well thought out, and I found myself finishing the book wanting more. If you want everyone to live, though, this is not the book for you. The subtle inclusion of terms and in-jokes from other magical universes was a nice touch, and it definitely makes for some magical and memorable reading.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook, with expectation of my honest review. Thank you for allowing me to listen to and review the book!

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  • JennsPage
  • 02-01-20

Can't get enough of this series.

I loved everything about this book. It's fast paced, well plotted, and has fabulous characters. I would have devoured the whole series at once if that were possible.
This book is a must read for UF fans.

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  • Backlash
  • 01-01-20

A woman and her Ferret.

Great detective story in the vein of Harry Dresden or Mercy Thompson. Fun Characters and rollicking plot along with wonderful narration. I'm looking forward to more. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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