Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: Charming (Pax Arcana #1) by Elliott James

Charming (Pax Arcana #1)
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?

Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: September 24, 2013



Kat's Review

I'm always a bit wary when fairy tales are reimagined for the modern world, but when they're done well, I really enjoy them.

This one is done well.

Charming is snarky, sarcastic, funny, exciting, and just an all-round good time. John Charming has been exiled from his ancestral line of dragon slayers and is now trying to stay alive by living incognito as a bar owner. All that is shattered when a gorgeous and not-quite human blonde walks into his bar and he finds himself pulled into a mystery that he can't turn his back on.

There is a lot of mythology here, some of it from ancient tales and some of it made up from the author, but it all blends seamlessly into the novel so the reader doesn't know where one ends and the other begins. The characters are all modern day misfits with a mythological twist, making this a cross between a murder mystery and a supernatural thriller. With a ton of sarcasm thrown in for good measure.

It's fun, with a quick pace and strong plot. There's a lot of backstory thrown in to help make sense of everything, but I didn't find it distracting. It kind of reminded me of a YA Paranormal book written with adults as the main characters, and that's not a bad thing.

Rating: A Good Read

I had a good time with this one, and I'm looking forward to the sequel. A book that doesn't take itself too seriously but isn't sloppy with the plot. A good read.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.


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