Fire Sorcerer by David Normoyle
“My name is Rune, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s not to play with fire. Magical or otherwise.
The first time I used my power, I ended up burning down a mansion. The second time, an inter-dimensional elemental possessed my friend Jo. Now, with a sorcerer and a gang of werebeasts helping the elemental which is consuming Jo’s soul, I’ll have to use my magic once more.
Third time’s the charm, right?
Fire Sorcerer is the first book in The Sentinels, a thrilling new urban fantasy series. Mixing mystery, magic, humor, and heart-pounding action, it’s sure to delight fans of The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles who may just find a new favorite hero in Rune Russell.” – From Amazon
There is a lot of good here, and some, well, not good. Fire Sorcerer takes place over the course of a week and it is a bit of a head spinning week for Rune. The chapters are presented in a choppy, frenetic manner, most lasting only a few ‘minutes’. As well, pop culture references abound, as if there sole purpose was to fill space where teenage angst would not do. While this sounds scathing thus far, it is as bad as it gets. Mister Normoyle’s writing is solid, he presents an engaging and entertaining world that we want to see more of in the future.
Rune will not make a theoretical list of favorite characters we have, but he does his job well. Every character in the novel is well constructed and presented, Mister Normoyle does not miss a beat. It isn’t the longest story, perhaps because it takes place over the course of a week, but a lot happens when the action is on stage, keeping the pace up and giving the reader a heck of a ride.
The Rating: B+
A great read by any measure, Mister Normoyle has given us a strong start to what is sure to be an amazing series. While urban fantasies are becoming more main-stream and perhaps even a bit overdone, Fire Sorcerer embraces its heritage while showing us that the genre still has new places to go. We are excited to see what the future holds for the series, as well as Mister Normoyle.