So, this is a fun one.
If you don’t recall, a while back I reviewed Dan Humphreys first Paxton Locke novel, Fade. It was a fun variant of everything you love about Harry Dresden. Magic used in inventive ways. Much snark. Solid fight scenes. It’s all in the review.
And now, we have the sequel, Night’s Black Agents. It came out last year. Though I genuinely waited for book three to be near completion before I reviewed it.
Why? We’ll get to that.
Paxton got the crap kicked out of him foiling his mother’s plans.
Even that isn’t enough to keep him in one place. Mother is still on the loose after all, and there’s no telling what that evil witch is up to. With his new partner (don’t call her a sidekick!) Cassie, Paxton heads to Arizona to help an old police friend with a supernatural murder problem.
But Mother isn’t content to lay low now that she’s out of jail. She’s got a brand new coven, and she wants her grimoire back. Now. Nothing will stop her from getting her spellbook back, not even her son. Or the ancient stirring in its sleep in the Valley of the Sun.
Paxton’s faced witches, ghosts, and shadow demons, but can he handle an ancient god? With the lives of two young boys hanging in the balance, he can’t back down.
(If the author is reading this review, I just got to this exchange
Now here comes the boom.
So, why did I wait so long to review this? Because this ends on a cliffhanger.
Imagine the first time you ever saw The Empire Strikes Back. Now imagine if it stopped with Luke dangling in mid-air in Cloud city, Han is still frozen in carbonite, and the last we saw of the Millennium Falcon, it was being chased by TIE-fighters into the clouds.
That’s what the end of this book felt like. My last note on the book is two words, and they are often favored by Samuel L. Jackson.
Don’t worry. Book three is around the corner. It’s coming out the last weekend in June. So if you haven’t read Night’s Black Agents yet, you needn’t worry, you won’t have to wait a year for the awesome conclusion. And yes, I’ve read the ARC for the novel already, and I have notes for that review as well.
Some days, it’s good to be the writer. Free books happen.
Until then, if you haven’t yet, you can buy Fade and Night’s Black Agents here, and by the time you get to the cliffhanger, book 3 should be out. I’ll update this post with the link for book 3 when it drops.
If you have gotten them, then I can also suggest Saint Tommy NYPD, which has also garnered a comparison or two to the Dresden files.
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