The Curse Servant, by J.P. Sloan
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Re-Release: February 26, 2015
Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts
The one person standing between Hell… and an innocent girl… is a man without a soul.
A regular life isn’t in the cards for Dorian Lake, but with his charm-crafting business invigorated, and the prospect of a serious relationship within his grasp, life is closer to normal than Dorian could ever expect. In the heat of the Baltimore mayoral campaign, Dorian has managed to balance his arrangements with Deputy Mayor Julian Bright with his search to find his lost soul. Dorian soon learns of a Netherworker, the head of a dangerous West Coast cabal, who might be able to find and return his soul. The price? Just one curse.
Sounds easy… but nothing ever is for Dorian. A dark presence arrives in the city, hell-bent on finding Dorian’s soul first. Innocents are caught in the crossfire, and Dorian finds it harder to keep his commitments to Bright. When the fight gets personal, and the entity hits too close to home, Dorian must rely on those he trusts the least to save the ones he loves. As he tests the limits of his hermetic skills to defeat this new enemy, will Dorian lose his one chance to avoid damnation?
So after reading the first book, The Curse Merchant, I wanted to see where this was going to continue. Dorian Lake is a fascinating guy with some fun quirks. He curses and hexes, makes charms, and he sure has some lady drama LOL He also has his own personal drama with his soul not being with him. So when an offer turns up to help him find his soul before some big bad does, he is hesitant but knows he needs to do this.
Dorian is such an interesting character. He always seems mean and sassy, but he's actually quite soft hearted and I think he'd be hilarious in real life, though he'd probably get beat up! He's struggling with his friend who's the mayor's campaign guy, because ladies keep getting possessed and threatening him. Then he meets a guy who tells him he knows of a girl who can help him get his soul back. And then his best friend's daughter's life gets put on the line for his soul, things heat up. His friends, Julian, Ben, Edgar, they know about his soul, they just don't know exactly how bad this is because Dorian tries to hide it. He'll do almost anything to keep his friends and family safe. And we meet Elle, the little girl, and oh boy is that gunna tear you up. And Dorian is always willing to sacrifice for others.
The writing is well done. It's mysterious, full of magic, and suspense, and has some great action. And though you probably should read book one, you could read book two without trouble of knowing things from book one. The author adds just the right amount of back story to keep you in the loop without info dumps. It's an emotional book, and you'll want to follow Dorian along with his friends for more. The characters are so real and believable and I know I am going to want more. I can't wait to read the next book! 5 MAGICAL PAWS!
About The Author:
I am a storyteller, eager to transport the reader to strange yet familiar worlds. My writing is dark, fantastical, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, and other times hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed. I write science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, and several shades in between.
I am a husband and a father, living in the “wine country” of central Maryland. I’m surrounded by grapevines and cows. During the day I commute to Baltimore, and somehow manage to escape each afternoon with only minor scrapes and bruises. I am also a homebrewer and a certified beer judge. My avocations dovetail nicely!
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