White Trash Warlock

, #1

Paperback, 320 pages

English language

Published Oct. 12, 2020 by Blackstone Publishing.

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4 stars (5 reviews)

Not all magicians go to schools of magic.

Adam Binder has the Sight. It's a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam's life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father's rage.

Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward, Adam is ready to come to grips with who he is, to live his life on his terms, to find love, and maybe even use his magic to do some good. Hoping to track down his missing father, Adam follows a trail of cursed artifacts to Denver, only to discover that an ancient and horrifying spirit has taken possession of Bobby's wife.

It isn't long before Adam becomes the spirit's …

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4 stars

This was damn fun.

Super bonus points for taking place in my city. And also for some reason not actually naming the landmarks. But it was fun recognizing Lakeside, the clocktower, and Casa Bonita among others. I wonder how much of my enjoyment was from this alone.

Bonus points for good queer representation.

Quick, fun read. Good enough that I immediately ordered the next in the series.

reviewed White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton (The Adam Binder Novels, #1)

Nice Queer Novel

4 stars

A mixed bag, but interesting enough for me to read the second installment.

What I liked:

  • Adam grew up poor, and it informs what he wears, the car that he drives, what he feels when he eats a cheap meal that he ate for months when he was a child... and how he feels about his brother who gets a better pay and whose life is very different on all these aspects. I don't remember reading an urban fantasy story where poverty colors everything around the main character, and it adds fantastic depth to his behavior and relationships. Which brings me to my second point:
  • The characters have a way to get on each other's nerves and I am HERE FOR THAT. Not because I like reading about characters who constantly snap at each other (I really don't), but because it makes me feel how much resentment has built up …
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