Teaser Tuesday – 27th February, 2018


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Blunt Force Magic – Book 1 of the Monsters and Men trilogy by Lawrence Davis

97% I walked out of the filthy den of forfeited hopes and dead ambitions into the blinding light of midday.
“You ducking the hard stuff again?” Kaycee asked, walking over from her store which was only a few feet down from the underground bar.
“Food.” I lifted the to-go bag up for her to see.
“From there? That’s brave.”
“Bravery is my middle name.”

BLURB: Janzen Robinson is a man lost between two worlds. Five years removed from a life as an apprentice to a group of do-gooding heroes who championed the fight against supernatural evils, the once-promising student is now a package courier going through the daily grind, passing time at a hole-in-the-wall bar and living in a tiny, run-down apartment on the south side of Cleveland, Ohio.

Then fate (or a case of bad timing) brings him face to face with a door that’s got his old life written all over it. From the ancient recesses of unyielding darkness known as the Abyss, a creature has been summoned: a Stalker, a predator whose real name is forbidden to be spoken aloud. It’s a bastardization of the natural order, a formidable blend of dark magic and primal tenacity. Its single-minded mission? Ending the life of a fiery, emerging young witch.

This is only part of the rather chatty blurb – and as you can see I’ve nearly finished this one. It’s been great fun and Janzen’s scruffy magic is a nice addition to the urban fantasy vigilantes keeping all those monsters at bay. I’ll be reviewing this one in due course.

36 responses »

    • It’s a fabulous cover, isn’t it? BUT I’m not sure that it shouts urban fantasy – I think it looks more swords and sorcery or epic fantasy… And this one is firmly urban fantasy – and great fun.

    • Oh yes – I shall certainly be reviewing this one, Tammy and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Think of a very grungy version of Harry Dresden (though there is more it it than that!).

  1. I am definitely looking forward to the review! The cover…the cover…great! Here’s my Tuesday Teaser from Ursela K. LaGuin’s book of essays, Words Are My Matter:
    “I think imagination is the single most useful tool mankind possesses. It beats the opposable thumb. I can imagine my life without opposable thumbs, but not without my imagination.” Cool, huh???

  2. Ooh, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this one! This sounds like it could be either really good or really bad. Ha! But, I will agree about the cover. It’s the kind of cover you almost pick up the book and buy it without reading what it’s about.

    • Yes… he is really down on his luck and only half-trained so he doesn’t do subtle because he can’t. Hence the title – Blunt Force Magic. It’s a clever take on a familiar trope, I think:)

    • lol… in actual fact it isn’t really creepy at all – I don’t do horror. There are demons and vampires in it and they are fairly hardcore, but it’s more a fight between good and evil aka an adult version of Harry Potter than any kind of horror vibe:).

  3. Not related to this book, but did you finish N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky? I remember you highlighting it for a Teaser Tuesday not too long ago. Maybe I’ve missed the review…?

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