Dog Days by John Levitt
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Well, I’m not sure what to say about this book. It has good points. And it has bad points. I’m still pondering them to see which outweighs which.
1. Pretty solid, though not inspired, writing.
2. Interesting concepts, including Ifrits. (Books with Ifrits are always interesting, since each author seems to have a different take on exactly what they are, and you never know what you’ll get.)
3. Magic. Lots of it.
1. Plot with plenty of creepy-crawlies still never quite evoked even a shiver from me.
2. Though he was affable enough, I could not connect with the main character, Mason, on any meaningful level.
3. Inconsistencies in how magic works, how much power it takes, and how it affects Mason.
4. Secondary characters who were less than well-fleshed out. Villain evoked no emotion from me at all. Neither did either of the love interests.
Of course, the book has one major obstacle to overcome right from the start, and that would be the inevitable comparisons to The Dresden Files. It certainly does not live up to the action, the humor, or the drama of Jim Butcher’s blockbuster series. It’s more like Dresden Files Lite, with a hero who is sort of like Harry Dresden, only on downers. In decorating, there is a certain school of thought that embraces minimalism. In this case, I’m not sure “Less Is Better.”
Having said all of that, I do see potential in the book, and it was written well enough that I didn’t hate it. (More of a ho-hum feeling). Therefore, in keeping with my current intentions to give any potentially good series at least two chances to hook me, I do plan to read the second book. Many times, a moderately interesting first book can become a stepping stone for a really strong series. This one deserves a chance for that to happen, too. I’m giving it 3 stars for potential.
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