Book Review – Night Tricks by Richard Amos

Midnight Magic #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 200
Characters: Clay/Tae
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Series

Blurb:
They say warlocks are lesser beings. I’m about to prove them wrong.

The streets have been my home for as long as I can remember. To get by, I use my magic tricks, bringing smiles to the faces of adults and children alike.

As a warlock, my powers are limited. Nothing like a witch’s magical skills. Basically, I’m a glorified magician as well as a second-class citizen. Fine. It doesn’t get me down. I have my cat Fizz and Kylie Minogue’s music to keep me going as I dream big.

I know there’s a better life out there for me.

When I accidentally summon the lost magic of arcana, something not even a powerful witch can do, my world is turned upside down.

Enter Tae Frost. Mysterious billionaire vampire. Deliciously handsome and brooding. Able to set my pulse racing with just one look. A man who offers to change my life for the better. I just have to move into his penthouse and help him hunt demons first.

Hmmm. I have a big decision to make. Do I take this Cinderella-like opportunity? Especially with the dangerous secret I’m hiding from the world. And if the witches discover I’ve summoned arcana… Well, it won’t be fun to be me if they do.

There’s a demon making a big impression—a creepy, button-eyed man spilling blood across London. Seemingly uncatchable, as well as unhinged. The city is trembling in the wake of his shadow.

With my new powers, I’m the only one to stop him.

Damn.

Night Tricks is the first book in an Urban Fantasy Romance series packed with magic, demons, action, and steamy moments. Step into the world of a warlock who always tries to see the sunny side of life, and the sexy vampire who makes his knees go weak.

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Review

I’m loving this new series so far. The characters are interesting, complicated, and flawed, and the worldbuilding, as I would expect from this author, is rich and layered. The plot kept me guessing. I’m already hanging out for book two! The cute cat is an added bonus.

Clay is an interesting guy. I love how he’s optimistic, and loves his music. The scenes with him and Fizz are sweet. I kept wondering when Clay’s secret is going to come out, and how that’s going to impact not only his life, but his growing relationship with Tae. He needs to come clean before someone else does it for him.

I love Tae, and how he’s struggling between what he wants and what he should be doing. The worldbuilding around vampires is interesting and different. I like how those details are revealed as they’re needed, rather than a huge info dump. I love the glimpses of his sweet side, which he quickly covers up. Fizz likes him. Cats have good people sense.

The magic system is well thought out and original. I love the idea of Trace, and the history of this world. I also like the social commentary with the division between witches and warlocks, with demons and fairies in the mix. And Arcana. I want to see how that pans out over time, and why Clay can summon it.

I’m still trying to figure out aspects of the plot, and who Clay really is as I’m sure his history isn’t what he thinks it is. The action scenes are tense, the sex hot, and I like that Clay and Tae don’t always come away unscathed.

Great start to a new series. More please.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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