Narrator: Neil Hellegers
Series: Black Magic Outlaw #5
on 3 April 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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I'm Cisco Suarez and this is the end of the line.
I've been beaten, shackled, killed once or twice, but hey, who's counting? I put my foot down at being lit up like a candle at my daughter's tenth birthday party. Some things you take personal.
Revenge won't be easy. The Miami voodoo underground turned on me. An uppity wizard cartel is creeping into my business. If that's not enough, I keep seeing the same damn black cat everywhere I go. Talk about crummy luck.
None of it matters. I've got laser focus on my archenemy, a jinn with a knack for fire. News flash: I'm done being burned. Connor Hatch is going down for good, even if I have to drag him to hell myself.
©2017 Domino Finn (P)2017 Domino Finn
Note: This is Book 5 in the series and really needs to be read as part of that series, not as a stand-alone.
In Book 4, we learned a few big things by the end of the book. First, Cisco has more family than he knew he did. Turns out the Spaniard from the Horn of Subjugation is an ancient relative. Then he also has a 10-year-old daughter, Fran. Emily (Cisco’s ex-girlfriend) married Evan (Cisco’s best friend back in the day) and Evan has been raising Fran as his own, giving her some protection from Cisco’s enemies. So that was a lot for Cisco to absorb and digest.
Last book he was in a bit of funk, feeling pretty sorry for himself. But now he has to pull himself out of that well of self-pity and get his life in gear. Of course, the attack on Fran’s birthday party is a pretty sharp spur to get him motivated! Once again, there’s plenty of action being tossed around – yay! It’s never a dull moment.
Cisco’s sense of humor has been a big draw for me in this series. He’s got a bit of machismo going and plenty of snark. That’s still there in this story, but some of the humor got a little tiring with all the references to other fantasy series. I felt it detracted a little from this story which I have so enjoyed.
Connor Hatch continues to be the big baddie and he is devilishly deadly. I really enjoyed hating him but I also felt for Cisco. His jinn powers give Connor a definite edge and I really wasn’t sure Cisco would be victorious. He managed a truce of sorts at the end of the last book but not a victory. With Finn, I couldn’t be sure how things would end with Cisco.
So let’s talk a little about that ending. First, it was very satisfying in action and people getting what they deserved. However, there are tons of loose ends. I didn’t really feel like this was a series ending. There are all these side characters that don’t get an ending in this book. Then there’s Cisco and his relationship with Fran, Emily, Evan, and even Milena. Things aren’t tied off there either. I’m really hoping for another book in this series or at least another series in this world that answers some of these questions. If this was just another installment in the series, I would give it 5/5 stars but since it’s supposed to be the series’s finale, I feel a little cheated. 4/5 stars.
The Narration: Neil Hellegers makes a great necromancer full of snark and anger. His little kid voice is also believable and his female voices are believable. All the characters have distinct voices. I felt that Hellegers really enjoyed narrating this story. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.
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