HEXOMANCY hits all my sweet spots for good crunchy urban fantasy fiction, with laugh out loud snark-studded dialogue, just the right amount of nostalgic callbacks to things geeks of all genre-spheres will love, and crisply paced prose that moves the story forward at downhill-on-black-ice-slope’s pace. Action in good measure, humor throughout the book and a hell of a genre-shaking gut punch twist at the end that literally left me in tears. Very very few really good books can make me laugh, yell, and cry out loud anymore and Michael R. Underwood’s HEXOMANCY does all of that in a tightly tailored read that epitomizes compelling page-turner.
If there are any flaws in the book, there are only three I can think of that stand out, none egregious. I wish in certain places there were more dialogue-tag identifiers to see who is speaking. Other than that, my complaints are silly; I want the book to be longer so I can really sink my teeth into the lives of the supporting characters, and 2.) I wish wish wish this book was available in print so I could share it with my technophobic friends.
Michael R. Underwood’s HEXOMANCY is a clever spin on the world of geek-infused urban fantasy, a fun thrill ride to the end, even as it toys with my emotions. I hated characters, I loved characters, I loved characters that I hated minutes prior. This book is an excellent choice for any reader who wants a snappy story with a cheerfully smart protagonist and her party of adventurers.
I highly recommend you buy this book STAT and read it with your favorite cup of coffee, magical D20, and pizza at the ready.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll go pester the author for more books like this.