I am surpassing my goal of 12 books with every extra book I read and I am so proud of myself. Last year I didn't read as much as I wanted to and so I made an active choice to start reading whatever the hell I wanted to stop me from getting readers block and falling back into a slump.
Meet Arthur "The Hat" Salzman. Gangster. Wizard. Screwed.
When I was killed for the fifth time, and before breakfast, I knew for sure I'd made a terrible mistake.
It was meant to be a simple job. Steal item, deliver said item to my posh broker, get paid. Easy peasy wizard squeezy.
Blame it on the insomnia, my own greed, or maybe just stupidity, but I swear on my wand I didn't know what was in the bag. If I had, I'd never have got involved.
Soon, every gangster, spook, and magic abuser in the city wanted what I had. But they went too far, broke the Code. Backed up by my faery godmother, and a Stepford mom who's main goal in life was to be my sidekick, the body count escalated as the truth was revealed. And they all forgot one important thing.
The Hat's a goddamn Wildcat Wizard!
I loved the cover for this book and I actually found this through the third book in the series on Amazon. I thought the premise was intriguing and picked it up immediately. It takes all my favourite things and puts them together in one story.
I really liked the way the story was written and the POV it was told from. It was easy to read and Arthur grew on me as a reader as we went through his journey. The main character was also a different one than I am used too. Being an avid reader of YA most of the characters I meet are in their teens or early 20's so reading about a 40 something wizard with a teenage daughter was nice.
The combinations included in this book were woven neatly together and made everything flow. We first meet Arthur as he is tied up and in a difficult situation and evading tribe of bad guys. This is a fast-paced story that doesn't let up for a second and always has you on the edge of your seat. Our protagonist is the definition of anti-hero, and a doting father who will do anything to protect his daughter.
Overall, this book was a great read and has sections whoch left me laughing.