This over-the-top urban fantasy packs enough action to keep pages turning as billionaire wizard Nate Temple hunts for his parents’ killer while trying to figure out what is so darn special about a rare book that someone is willing to kill innocent, mundane antiquarians in the attempt to find it. Temple and his friends hardly get a chance to take a deep breath as they tangle with the Minotaur, numerous dragons (both friendly and decidedly not so), and the shadowy Grimm while tossing money, cars, magic, and double-entendres about with abandon.
Obsidian Son: A Novel in The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series by Shayne Silvers (The Temple Chronicles #1)
Published by Argento Publishing on October 8, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 311 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…
It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…
Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…
Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.
If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.
- Dragons. Technically, were-dragons. The protrayal of the dragons is complex and interesting, giving them a separate, hidden culture and motivations that differ from those of humans. And apparently, complex genetics determines their coloration and abilities. Diving into this series is worth the time if only for the dragons.
- Nate Temple is one of those protagonists who I sorta like despite myself, waffling between annoyance and amusement at his crazy antics and irreverent view of the world. Like Bruce Wayne, he tries to put up the facade of a womanizing playboy, but the only people who seem to buy the act are in the press. Even Temple, who initially objectifies the women around him, gradually comes to appreciate and rely upon their other qualities as the level of danger increases. Since he is the last of his magical lineage, one hopes that he will gradually mature and grow into the vast wealth and power he has inherited.
- Typos and grammatical mistakes, at least in the Kindle edition, were very annoying!! They are especially ironic given that Nate Temple takes people to task, early in the novel, for using words incorrectly.
- The number of naked, nubile young women running around this book is similarly annoying, especially since even intelligent, strong women end up being snared by Temple’s power or money. In some cases, this ends up taking an interesting twist, but as a female reader, I found myself rolling my eyes way too often.
- The fantasy element reaches its height as Temple publicly gifts friends in law-enforcement with items that no internal review board could possibly overlook and essentially takes over an investigation without argument from his FBI friends. I honestly longed for Butcher’s Detective Murphy to drive down from Chicago to shake some sense into Temple’s sidekicks.
Obsidian Son is an entertaining and quick novel that pulls together the billionaire playboy superhero and urban fantasy genres with a healthy dose of irreverent humor and a remixing of some of the classic fairy tales. But, I don’t think that Shayne Silver is in the same league as Jim Butcher or Patrick Rothfuss …. yet.
See for yourself!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
OBSIDIAN SON by SHAYNE SILVERS
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