Audiobook Review - Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor @NazriNoor

Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: Darkling Mage #1
Publisher: Nazri Noor
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Date Read: March 6, 2019
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes
Source: Author
★★★★☆
The gods are dying. But for one man, death is only the beginning.

Murdered as a ritual sacrifice, amateur thief and professional charmer Dustin Graves mysteriously survives, finding himself gifted with strange, dark magic. Then more dead bodies turn up. Some are human, but one is a god of the old world, slain at his own doorstep.

Mortal or divine, the bloodshed must end, and Dust is the mage for the job. But first he must contend with a succubus, a talking sword, a spider queen, a goddess of magic, and eldritch abominations from beyond the stars. No big deal...right?

If you like snarky heroes, snappy dialogue, and a bit of grit and gore, you'll love the first standalone audiobook in Nazri Noor's series of urban fantasy novels. Explore the Darkling Mage universe and discover a taste of Shadow Magic today.
My Review

This was really good!  When I first saw this book, I had a feeling that it was my kind of story.  Then I saw that the narrator was Luke Daniels and I had to give this book a try.  Once I started listening to the book, I didn't want to stop and was very eager to see how things would work out.  I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.

Dustin is a Hound for an organization.  He has a pretty handy ability in that he is able to shadow walk, which means he can step from one shadowy space to another.  He also has already died once.  This book had a whole lot going for it from the very beginning.  I thought that the main character, Dustin, was incredibly interesting and wanted to know more about what he could do and how he had apparently died before even though he seemed to be very much alive.

Dustin works for the Lorica which was also a very interesting group filled with a variety of unique characters.  There is plenty of things going on to keep Dustin and his co-workers busy and before long Dustin finds himself in danger.  This book was exciting from the start and I loved the fact that I never knew what might happen next because really anything seemed possible.

Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with the narration.  The story is told from Dustin's point of view and I thought that he was able to bring Dustin to life.  I really liked Dustin's sense of humor and I thought that the performance made it even more enjoyable.  I liked the variety of voices used in this story and thought that everything flowed very nicely.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is a very solid start to a promising urban fantasy series.  I really liked the characters and found the story to be exciting.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of this series in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from the author via Audiobook Boom.
About the Author - Nazri Noor
(From Author's Website)

Hi, I'm Nazri, a Filipino-Malaysian author based in California. I’m trilingual, but I really only write in English. I can also speak just enough Sindarin and Valyrian to impress absolutely no one. My urban fantasy novels focus on heroes who use wits, style, and their wildly unpredictable magic to save the day. Think sass and class, while kicking ass.

My influences come from horror and fantasy: HP Lovecraft, Anne Rice, George R.R. Martin, Chuck Palahniuk, Terry Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman. Growing up I was shaped by the Blood Sword, Fighting Fantasy, Lone Wolf, and Grey Star game book universes. I'm also inspired by video games, specifically the Castlevania, Final Fantasy, and Persona series.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Comments

  1. i am intrigued, did the author make the talking sword based on mary poppins' umbrella. Gotta say Malaysians loved that movie

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  2. Nice, you found an enjoyable new series. I am glad the first book started out strong.

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  3. A Filipino-Malaysian author? That's a WorldReads tick for me! Looks like a strong start to the series and worth a try. Thanks for the tip :-)

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  4. This sounds like a really solid urban fantasy. I might just check it out!

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  5. Oh I love UF and I didn't know about this one so now I want to try!

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  6. I do love snarky heroes and snappy dialogue. Sounds great to me.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  7. Shadow walking sounds fun. This sounds like a book I might like.

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  8. Luke Daniels is the narrator :D give me! I'll be picking this up once I get my audiable back

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  9. A new series and new author for me. I'm very curious!

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  10. Excellent review! This sounds amazing and Luke Daniels is another plus. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  11. Neat how your hunch to try this one turned out just right. I'm curious about Dustin dying once already, too.

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  12. I've struggled to find new urban fantasy that sounded a bit different but this does sound good! I'm keen on seeing unique work colleagues!

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  13. This sounds like something I would really like as well. Anything involving magic. Haha. I will be adding this to my wish list.

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