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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Review: Fearless (Pax Arcana #3) by Elliott James + giveaway

Fearless (Pax Arcana #3)
by Elliott James
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Date of Publication: August 11, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0316253444
Number of pages: 448
When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory -- even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.

Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.

The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn't just a victim, he's a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John's following? It's really a fuse...

FEARLESS is the third novel in an urban fantasy series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first two novels are Charming & Daring.

This can be read as a standalone.

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Seems I've been missing out on a fun urban fantasy series! Fearless is the first book in this series I've read and yes, it works well as a stand alone. But I will be grabbing the other books because I love this not so charming character! I don't like to compare books and characters to others, but the best way to describe John Charming is to mash Kate Daniels and Curran into one male character. He has the same sense of humor has Kate/Curran and dealing with some of the same issues of trying to play nice with others and beat back that alpha instinct. Other than the character quirks the two series are not alike. But if you are a fan of Daniels you'll probably love this one too.

Male and female authors write urban fantasy different. I like both but female authors tend to focus more on the feelings and male authors focus on step by step analysis and story telling. Elliott James has tapped into both sides of his muse. The story is told from a male POV (John Charming) written by a male author...but has enough emotional inner dialogue to make him more real. If that makes sense. Love him! John that is, but Elliott is a great guy too <G> I met him at Coastal Magic 2015.

Anyway, the story moves at a fast pace most of the time. There is a lot of step by step explanation going on (I see this in lots of male written uf) sometimes I wanted to skim to get to the parts where John was interacting directly with people and we are hearing his inner thoughts cause that is where this character shines. The plot is awesome though. So many different monsters from legends with unique spins on them. The author has done his homework. The female lead is strong and I loved watching them try to navigate their minefield of a relationship.

Definitely check out this series. 

4.25 "not so charming" Sheep


About the Author:
An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that's what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores. Irrationally convinced that cellphone technology was inserted into human culture by aliens who want to turn us into easily tracked herd beasts, Elliott has one anyhow but keeps it in a locked tinfoil covered box which he will sometimes sit and stare at mistrustfully for hours. Okay, that was a lie. Elliott lies a lot; in fact, he decided to become a writer so that he could get paid for it.

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  1. I had no idea what to suspect from this series, I did see this book on lots of lists lately. But I do like your review. Adding it to my wishlist.

  2. Wow, how did I miss this review?! I read his first book quite some time ago (1-2+ years) and loved it. Then it got lost in the shuffle so to speak. I will definitely put these on my reminders list! Thanks.