Original Title: The Curse Servant
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)
Number of Pages: 287
First Sentence: “I knew this wasn’t going to be the typical meeting with Julian Bright when, instead of the usual political organ-grinders at the campaing headquarters, I found a soccer mom duct taped to a chair, foaming at the mouth.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
The one person standing between Hell… and an innocent girl… is a man without a soul.
A regular life isn’t in the cards for Dorian Lake, but with his charm-crafting business invigorated, and the prospect of a serious relationship within his grasp, life is closer to normal than Dorian could ever expect. In the heat of the Baltimore mayoral campaign, Dorian has managed to balance his arrangements with Deputy Mayor Julian Bright with his search to find his lost soul. Dorian soon learns of a Netherworker, the head of a dangerous West Coast cabal, who might be able to find and return his soul. The price? Just one curse.
Sounds easy… but nothing ever is for Dorian. A dark presence arrives in the city, hell-bent on finding Dorian’s soul first. Innocents are caught in the crossfire, and Dorian finds it harder to keep his commitments to Bright. When the fight gets personal, and the entity hits too close to home, Dorian must rely on those he trusts the least to save the ones he loves. As he tests the limits of his hermetic skills to defeat this new enemy, will Dorian lose his one chance to avoid damnation?
OK, so I haven’t read the first book and thought this would be a problem. It wasn’t. There are some things that are most likely connected to the first book, but you don’t need to know them to enjoy this book.
Dorian is a good main character. He is a likable and an enjoyable protagonist. A little bit messed up but always striving to do good. Although trying to find his missing soul should be his main concern, he refuses to put is own needs before other people in need. A proper good guy, although he might not agree with that label himself.
The plot itself is also very enjoyable. It took me a little time to figure out what the main plot was (I forgot to read the blurb, how stupid is that?) because there are several sub-plots. They are however nicely weaved together and are very easy to pick up and follow along with. There is enough mystery to really get you hooked, and although I figured out who one of the main antagonists was long before Dorian did, it did not lessen the reading experience at all. In fact, it was really exciting to see if I was right and why the antagonist had done what they did.
Definitely a nice read with a good splash of mystery, magic, romance and real-world problems that created a very nice overall reading experience.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. I would like to point out that you should probably read book 1 as well. I surely will.