Praised by the Guardian for stories that are “exhilarating . . . powerful and entertaining,” Jeff Somers returns with a darkly original urban fantasy series featuring a cadre of mages operating just under the radar of human society. Magic uses blood—a lot of it. The more that’s used, the more... show more
Praised by the Guardian for stories that are “exhilarating . . . powerful and entertaining,” Jeff Somers returns with a darkly original urban fantasy series featuring a cadre of mages operating just under the radar of human society. Magic uses blood—a lot of it. The more that’s used, the more powerful the effect, so mages find “volunteers” to fuel their spells. Lem, however, is different. Long ago he set up a rule that lets him sleep at night: never use anyone’s blood but your own. He’s grifting through life as a Trickster, performing only small Glamours like turning one-dollar bills into twenties. He and his sidekick, Mags, aren’t doing well, but they’re getting by. That is, until they find young Claire Mannice— bound and gagged, imprisoned in a car’s trunk, and covered with invisible rune tattoos. Lem turns to his estranged mentor for help, but what they’ve uncovered is more terrifying than anybody could have imagined. Mika Renar, the most dangerous Archmage in the world, is preparing to use an ocean of blood to cast her dreams into reality— and Lem just got in her way.
Publish date: February 26th 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Ustari Cycle (#1)
Blood, Words, and PowerIn it lies power.A power untold.Words do wonders.Which ones are wove?With a blade or knife I nick.Extinguishing life in a flick.More blood bled, stronger indeed.More bodies will fall before I succeed.There is power, then there is greed.I need. I need.To Bleed.by NikkiThese cha...
The down and dirty blood magic used in Trickster is not a new one but the ways in which Lem, Mags, Hiram, Amir and the rest implement the magic are beyond the scope of anything I have ever read so far.The entire book becomes centered on one thing stopping Archmage Mika Renar from destroying almost ...
I would give this 0 stars if that were possible. This novel was described as gritty - which turned out to be quite true if gritty means filled with blood, grime and bad smells - but sadly lacked in anything to make me care about the characters or their plight. The main character seemed immune to goo...
Lem is a trickster, which means that he uses his own blood to perform magic. This usually amounts to conning the non magical around him. He is always looking for the next big score but when he follows up on a tip, Lem ends up on the magical radar of an archmage, who is far more powerful than him. Su...
For a book that promises lots of action and is full of this much bloodshed the first half was surprisingly slow going! I found it really hard to get into the book actually. The second half- once it was all set up and the action was unraveling was more fun to read. This is one of these books that lef...