Review: The Curse Merchant by: J.P. Sloan

The Curse Merchant

Author: J.P. Sloan

Release Date: September 14, 2014

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Format: E-Book via Publisher (thank you curiosity quills)

Rating: 1 star


Dorian Lake spent years cornering the Baltimore hex-crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed.

He keeps his magic clean and free of soul-corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow-back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the esoteric arts in America. However, when an unscrupulous Netherworker interferes with both his business and his personal life, Dorian’s disarming charisma and hermetic savvy may not be enough to keep his soul out of jeopardy.

His rival, a soul monger named Neil Osterhaus, wouldn’t be such a problem were it not for Carmen, Dorian’s captivating ex-lover. After two years’ absence Carmen arrives at Dorian’s doorstep with a problem: she sold her soul to Osterhaus, and has only two weeks to buy it back. Hoping to win back Carmen’s affections, Dorian must find a replacement soul without tainting his own.

As Dorian descends into the shadows of Baltimore’s underworld, he must decide how low he is willing to stoop in order to save Carmen from eternal damnation… with the Presidium watching, waiting for him to cross the line.

~My Thoughts~

I did not like this book. I actually didn’t finish reading this book and the biggest reason for both is simply this…. After 143 pages all I knew was that Dorian dealt in hexs and gems but not in Netherwork which is just a big word for black magic, the evil kind that can easily take your life. I knew that and that his ex who he was still clearly not over sold her soul and he was trying to find a way to get her soul back. That is it. No more detail no more then that. For 143 pages into the book I feel like I should have known quite a bit more then that. Do you agree? Needless to say if that is all I knew in those long pages then it was pretty slow and boring and every time I put the book down I did not want to pick it back up so obviously as previously stated I decided not to pick it back up.

~Final Thoughts~

This book would have been better had it given more detail. It was vague, very vague on the magic end of it. No specific hexs or what the uses were. Oh yeah he worked off of their already existent karma… so was it really magic. I wasn’t sure the author was sure of what he was writing. It just needed more. More of everything. I don’t like giving bad reviews in fact I’d rather not give a bad review but at the same time I have to be honest. This book just didn’t do it for me.

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