Book Review: Firstborn by: Ryan Attard


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Aec Stellar Publishing, Inc.

Publication Date: December 13, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: There's a war raging between the forces of Heaven and Hell; and, as if he didn't have enough to deal with from his own issues, his sister has chosen the wrong side. And now he's got angels, demons, talking pets and a Japanese monster to contend with. Begin following the misadventures of Eric Ashendale in this first full length novel of "The Legacy Series".

Series: Firstborn (1)

Review: Erik Ashendale decided not to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Warlock. Instead, he’s a powerful wizard turned detective who helps others, for a fee of course – a wizard has to eat, you know. He also has a demon/familiar, Amaymon, who takes the form of a cat most times. After taking down some Lizardmen who were holding a school hostage, he’s been hired to protect a young college girl from forces out to take her for themselves. Erik realizes pretty quickly that this girl isn’t what she seems. His sister is also after the girl, but he doesn’t know why the larger forces of good and evil are involved. He’s got to find out the truth, fight the mother of all evil, and save the girl from the forces who want to use her.

In FIRSTBORN we meet Erik Ashendale, his demon/familiar Amaymon, and Erik’s sister Gil. The Forces of Heaven and Hell have come out to play and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want – the fledgling succubus Abigale. I love Amaymon, a snarky demon who takes the form of a cat. I think we all know if cats could talk, they’d be super-snarky. The characters are well-written and the mythology is very interesting. I enjoyed FIRSTBORN and I am looking forward to the further adventures of Erik Ashendale and Amaymon. I think readers who enjoy magical noir and who are fans of The Dresden Files, The Occult Crimes Unit Investigation series, and The Nightside series.

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