5-star reads,  M/M,  Paranormal

White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton

This book was a surprise of the very best kind and I’m in absolute awe of the world-building. It’s hands down the most original story I’ve read in a long time. It’s gritty and harsh, but at the same time it’s all magic and limitless possibilities.

It’s not often I get the feeling of stepping into a whole new universe when immersing myself in a story. Sure, each book is a small world of its own, but the imperative word there is small. And there’s nothing small about White Trash Warlock.

Synopsis: Years earlier, Adam Binder’s brother locked him up in a psych ward because of his visions. But now he’s out, he’s learned to handle his magical abilities – however humble – and he’s determined to use them to help others. However, he’s not prepared for a call from his brother requesting help to save his possessed wife. Adam has no wish to see Bobby again, but he will do his best to free his sister-in-law. But the goings on in Denver is a bit more than he bargained for. There’s an evil entity hovering above the city, all human practitioners are gone and his former boyfriend – an elf  – who abandoned him years ago, turns up again.

White Trash Warlock is hard to describe. Maybe because it’s such an original story within such an original world. There are all these parallel worlds/planes inhabited by different (magical) beings. And Adam, with his limited ability, can pass through to one of them. This setting pretty much makes anything possible which is awesome. There’s simply no way of knowing what will happen next and I love it.

The story is very plot-driven. Even though there’s this angst-filled backdrop with Adam having been betrayed by both his family and his lover, the emotional drama is mostly pushed aside by back-to-back action. Usually, I prefer character-driven stories, but I still fell completely in love with this read.

This isn’t a romance set in a supernatural universe (unfortunately since I’m all about the love). This is a fantasy with a small side order of romance. I would have liked more focus on Adam’s romantic relationship(s) – past and present. But I’ll take what I can get and I’ll be more than happy with it. But the fact that nothing was really concluded in this book left me a bit itchy. It’s not a cliff-hanger per se, the direct plot with the possession was resolved, but all the good stuff, the relationship between the brothers, the former lover and the present prospect, it was all left hanging in the air.

Buuut… This is the start of a series so I guess it’s par for the course. And I can tell from this first installment that this series will be an epic one.

So, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s just brilliant.

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I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).