Geek Lit: Fire Season (Eric Carter Book Four)

How did I miss it when the new Eric Carter book came out last spring?  I was looking forward to it and everything!  I must have been busier than I thought when it first came out to read it.

Regardless, I have now read the fourth book, Fire Season.  Will Carter, necromancer and jackass, get out of his next scrape?

In book three, Carter managed to get out of a marriage to an Aztec death goddess that would not have gone well for him.  Or so he thinks.  He isn’t exactly sure what the status of his marriage to Santa Muerte is, largely because he doesn’t know what her actual status is, and he doesn’t want to find out.  However, Carter made a deal with Aztec wind god Quetzalcoatl, and he didn’t keep his end of the bargain.  Now, Carter had a very good reason not to keep that promise.  While Eric is a major league asshole who pushes just about everyone away from him, uses people, and pops pills and booze like they’re candy, even he has standards.  Following through on Quetzalcoatl’s demands would have gone a bit beyond those standards.

That said, don’t make the god of wind and fire angry.  That will come back to cause problems in one of the hottest summers Los Angeles has seen in years.  Quetzalcoatl may not strike at Eric directly, but he does have an agent in the form of a pyromaniac cartel hitwoman.  And since mages in general don’t trust each other, to say nothing of how little they trust Eric at all, it doesn’t take much to get most of the magical community of LA after Eric.  He does have a few allies.  Ex-girlfriend Vivian would just assume he go away, but she does offer medical services.  A former classmate is now a cop, and a good one at that.  And there’s still the young head of a crime syndicate/care group for supernaturals for added muscle.

Plus, a candidate for mayor with magic of his own may be helpful.  Or not.  Eric doesn’t trust easily.

As an author, Stephen Blackmoore isn’t afraid to really change the status quo.  For starters, Eric has resources from his parents he didn’t know about before.  But his environment really changes by the end of this book in a manner I rarely see in Urban Fantasy.  Eric may end this book in victory, but he also may be at his lowest.  Plus, Blackmoore ends the book with what can only be described as a cliffhanger.  After what I felt was a somewhat disappointing third book, this one bounced back nicely.  It’s not as good as my personal favorite in the series, book two, but it was a step in that direction.  Eric Carter’s adventures work best when they come across as barely contained chaos with a lot of different people after him for different reasons.

This new book pleased me quite a bit, and I look forward to the eventual fifth book.  9.5 out of 10 mystery bottles.

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