Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Queer Magick
AUTHOR: L.C. Davis
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 212 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
An LGBT+ fantasy of apocalyptic proportions.
Twenty-something Holden Adams never asked to be the harbinger of the apocalypse, or for the seven lovers who come with the job. All he wanted in Stillwater, Vermont was a fresh start, but his past as a preacher’s kid turned witch threatens any hope he has of a normal life in the idyllic town. A fateful encounter with a strange cat on the brink of death earns Holden a new enemy and some unlikely friends, but as Stillwater reveals itself not to be as conventional as it appears, the line between the two becomes irreparably blurred.
Daniel St. James is getting too old for this crap. The love of his life turned out to be a cold-blooded killer and while Dennis got away with murder thirteen years earlier, Daniel and the rest of the town are still reeling from the tragedy. Now some kid who claims to be a witch waltzes into town and all of a sudden, Daniel’s unflinchingly straight best friend is head over heels for Holden. Chaos has a way of following Holden, revealing a web of supernatural secrets around Daniel that makes him question everything he believes about the town he’s lived in his entire life–and everything he doesn’t.
Welcome to Stillwater. Things are a little queer here.
This book is intended for mature audiences only.
This story was equal parts frustrating and enchanting. A modern day twist on a story of old that introduces many, many characters of the paranormal kind.
Holden Adams has spent the last few years moving from state to state and assuming a new name each time in the hope that he can keep outrunning his family and the curse that seems planned for his life. As a harbinger of the apocalypse it seems everyone wants a piece of Holden and there are no lengths they won’t go to ensure their plans work out. Spending a lot of his childhood locked away he has no plans to be tied to anyone or anything anytime soon!
Arriving in the sleepy town of Stillwater Holden is hopeful that he can stop running for a while. He probably couldn’t have picked a worse town as it seems every second person is a paranormal of some kind and the town is hiding some pretty big secrets. A cat is the first thing to trick Holden and introduces him to more people who are integral to the story. What with wolves, his soulmate, a demon, lurking angels and even the odd zombie the one thing you quickly know for sure is that Holden doesn’t stand a chance of staying under the radar and enjoying a quiet life!
From about three quarters of the way through I began to realise that this story wasn’t going to be resolved. There is a lot of world building, introduction of characters and various storylines laid out but 212 pages was never going to be enough for any sort of resolution. This book is definitely fantasy and paranormal and certainly isn’t romance. The biggest frustration was the way it finished, almost mid-sentence, and I can only presume the author has plans for another book and hope that it’s published pretty damn quickly! I would definitely recommend this book but if you are not a fan of incomplete stories then I would also recommend waiting for the next part too!