Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: Fade (Paxton Locke Book 1) by Daniel Humphreys

Great New Urban Fantasy Series

Fade by Daniel Humphreys introduces Paxton Locke, "son of a witch," who may be my new favorite paranormal paladin since Harry Dresden.

Here's the blurb so you know the premise:
Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke’s mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that – thankfully – went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.

When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly-freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure – or simply fade away?

Paxton is really likable - he has a horrible backstory, as he gained his powers when his mother sacrificed his father in a black magic ritual, and the guilt is overwhelming. Despite that he isn't angsty and broody. Instead of posturing as a tragic victim/hero, he's out trying to do good in the world by helping ghosts move on. But his mom is still trying to get back the grimoire he took from her that night, and she has minions coming after him.

This book has great pacing. There's always something going one even as we slowly learn more about the past that's quickly catching up to him. The action unfolds briskly, and just as we think everything is going to be resolved neatly, new angles and actors get introduced which hint at a much bigger field of action to come.

This is a really fun read. I also really liked pop-culture mentions, specially the shout-outs to Tolkien and Supernatural. I really hope the next book arrives soon.

Daniel Humphreys is also the author of zombie apocalypse novel A Place Outside The Wild .

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