Jon Blythe is sick of waiting for his Yoda. After years of hiding his magic, he’s ready to retire from his mortal life, drop out of college, and jump into the world of demon hunters. He just didn’t really expect a bleach blond bookstore clerk with light up toys for weapons. Unfortunately, Jordan is Jon’s only hope. When rogue magic users come to Rochester with a malicious plan, the odd couple strikes out to save the day. Jordan might not be what Jon expected, but between demons and Econ homework, the demons win every time. Wild nights drag Jon further from normal into the world where his father vanished. Maybe he’s becoming an addict. Maybe magic just comes with a price. Either way, he’s hooked.
Jon Blythe is a wizard’s son but without training. He doesn’t know anyone in the magical world until one day he sees someone fighting the demons Jon’s always seen but never confronted. Intrigued and energized about finding someone like him, Jon tracks the man down. Jordan Ostairius isn’t what Jon imagined a teacher would be but he’s desperate and will take any amount of attention and learning he can get. Being able to learn about magic isn’t the only thing that keeps pulling Jon back to Jordan. Jordan used to know Jon’s father.
There are things that worked and that didn’t work for this story. There were a few times that I was pulled out because there were words used that made me think, that doesn’t mean what you think it means. The prose was sometimes jumbled with long sentences which confused the explanations about magic. Jon was inconsistent in how he felt about his magic. One chapter he couldn’t live without his magic. It was like a limb and if it was taken away he would be dull and bereft. Then the next chapter it was “a great big pile of not good.” There were good amounts of info dumping in Jon’s “learning” that could’ve been cut. The explanations of magic and the history wasn’t shown but told which slowed the pace of the story considerably. Most of it could have been done away with because it didn’t impact or further the plot at all. I could tell the author had built this whole intricate world about how magic came about and wanted to give us all of it. We didn’t really need it and in some cases only confused me. I reread whole sections trying to understand what the purpose was which meant this took me longer to read than it should’ve. The plot hole the emerged toward the end where an in depth explanation of magic user’s population, voids demons, humans and the devil also threw me and had me taking the whole matter of magic and voids and throwing it in the back seat and ignoring it so I could finish the story.
There were things that worked. When not trying to understand the convoluted info on the fantasy portion of the story, Jon’s life was interesting. He was trying to balance being normal and being a magic user. He had good friends who were trying to look out for him. Jordan was just a confusing character who I was trying to figure out who he really was. I didn’t believe he was a friend of Jon’s father. There were too many similarities and Jon was too naïve to ask the right questions. There were moments of humor and pop culture that made me smile and was appropriate in anchoring Jon to his age. The hunts were great at showing the flip side of the coin when it came to demons and how they operated. The ending had many open issues that weren’t resolved but wrapped up in a way that I wasn’t clamoring to know the conclusion. In the end, it was a satisfying read but left me uninterested if there was more to come.