Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Thorn Of Dentonhiil-Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Thorn Of Dentonhill
Marshall Ryan Maresca
DAW, Feb 3 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780756410261

Veranix Calbert majors in magic at the University of Maradaine.  However, instead of studying or partying at night, the student targets destroying his father’s murderer, Dentonhill crime king Willem Fenmere.

Up until now Veranix has been less than a gnat in his feeble assaults against his formidable foe; but tonight his luck changes when he hijacks a shipment containing two magical artifacts that Fenmere's thugs were delivering to the Blue Hand Circle mages.  Deploying his loot, Veranix turns from helpless wannabe into the powerful disruptive Thorn.  Not long afterward, at the same time Veranix faces expulsion issues at college; Fenmere, the Blue Hand Circle and other mages and other lethal foes compete for the honor of assassinating The Thorn.

The first Maradaine crime fantasy is an enjoyable thriller starring an obsessed avenging lead and an equally fascinating villain.  The electrifying storyline is fast-paced and filled with action, but lacks depth re the physics of magic in the intriguing world of Marshall Ryan Maresca.  Still The Thorn of Dentonhill is a rousing opening act with more to follow.

Harriet Klausner

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