About the book:
- by Elliott James
- Series: Pax Arcana #1
- Category: Fantasy / Paranormal
- Pages: 400
- Expected Publication: September 24, 2013
- Received From: Orbit for an honest review
- Rating: 4/5
First Sentence: There’s a reason that we refer to being in love as being enchanted.
John Charming isn’t your average Prince…
He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn’t change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar… Right?
I was enchanted from word ONE! I just love the feeling of this book, the feeling that the main character, John, gives off. He IS a prince charming, but then again, he’s so not!
I wore non-reflective Kevlar instead of shining armor and carried a sawed-off shotgun as well as a sword; I didn’t light a candle against the dark, I wielded a flamethrower… right up until the day I discovered that I had been infected by one of the monsters I used to hunt. My name is Charming by the way, John Charming. And I am not living happily ever after.
THAT little ditty was in the prelude, and I immediately fell in love with his voice. I knew from that small chapter that I was going to love this book! The way Elliott James gets into your mind is amazing. I love that I didn’t want to put this book down. And although it is a bit longer than the average book that I read I flew through this.
The only thing I didn’t like was that there was a lot of info and it felt like it was being thrown at me. In those moments I felt distracted by the information instead of it really adding to the story. However, the characters were brilliant, the dialogue was so much fun! Totally loved this and I can not wait to read more of Elliottt’s work. Plus it’s nice to see that MALE pov!! YAY! Oh and this ending! Ohhh… this definitely ended on a cliff hanger! Can’t wait for book two.
About Elliott James: