Saturday, October 25, 2008

Review - New Tricks by John Levitt

New Tricks
Dog Days, Book 2
John Levitt
November 25, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01656-3

Book blurb:
Former enforcer Mason would normally be concerned with finding ghosts and vampires stalking the Castro section of San Francisco. Fortunately, Halloween provides the perfect explanation for the abundance of ghouls. But someone is trying to possess his old flame, Sarah. Now, with the help of his magical dog Louie, Mason must uncover the black magician responsible.

My thoughts:
Mason is a magic practitioner who’s still learning and exploring his abilities. He’s also a talented musician with an Ifrit named Lou by his side. When local practitioners start showing up mentally vacant he’s eager to get to the bottom of this disturbing mystery.

Rolando and Josephine have been called to San Francisco to help track down the cause of the damaged practitioners. They experienced the same trouble in Portland and seem to have more of an idea of what they’re looking for. They’d like to pin it on Byron, a dark practitioner who has recently left Portland, but Mason’s not so sure he’s responsible.

This is the second installment in the Dog Days series, and Mason continues to learn new ways to utilize his magic by combining it with his creativity as a musician. Mr. Levitt weaves a suspenseful tale that’s supported by strong characters and a delightful infusion of magic and mystery. New Tricks is well-detailed, and easy to follow. The storyline progresses at a steady pace giving readers a chance to absorb all that takes place. New Tricks is easy enough to follow if you’ve missed Dog Days, but as with most books in a series it’s best to read them in order.

To learn more about New Tricks, please visit Mr. Levitt’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


SciFiGuy said...

Sounds a little different. Guess I will have to track down Book 1 too.

Kimberly Swan said...

You can start with New Tricks, but there are comments made about 'trouble' that Mason got himself into previously. It made me curious to know more thoroughly what it was about. :)

Anonymous said...

I loved DOG DAYS and am so looking forward to NEW TRICKS! Thanks for the info.

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Karen - Hope you'll enjoy it as much as you did Dog Days! :)

samantha.1020 said...

I think this sounds interesting so I'll have to give the 1st one a try. I love finding new series :)

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Samantha - It definitely kept my interest. Hope you'll enjoy them. :)

Unknown said...

I finally have a copy of book 1!! So now I can see what all the fuss is about. It is really high up on my tbr pile but all these new releases keep appearing in the post...

Kimberly Swan said...

Awesome, I hope it's as good as New Tricks! :)