Publisher: Gift Horse Productions
Series: Alexi Sokolsky Series
"One of the first things every new mage learns about magic is that—despite your newly discovered powers over the universe—you are forever a struggling speck of krill in a very large, very cold, very dangerous ocean."
My name is Alexi Sokolsky: blood mage, occult scholar, and hired killer. Three things that should convey me some immunity in the dog-eat-dog world of the Russian mafia.
I think too much, drink too little, and if there's one thing the underworld teaches you, it's that there's always a shark bigger and hungrier than you are.
Life gets tough after a man turns up dead in our territory, his mutilated body scrawled with demonic sigils. It gets tougher again when a key ally of my Organizatsiya is kidnapped by a secretive death cult... and I'm sent like an errand boy to hunt them down and bring him back.
Then I get captured, nearly killed, and am immersed in a sea of cosmic horror the likes of which I've never known. The stakes are nothing less than the life of GOD Itself... and it's calling to me for help.
My name is Alexi Sokolsky: blood mage, occult scholar, hired killer... and hapless pawn in the great game between Everything and the NO-thing trying to destroy it.
I did like the action scenes in this book. They weren't every chapter, thank goodness, and were gritty with some great description. That's another thing, I liked about this book. The vivid descriptions, especially in some of the nightmares that Alexi had were haunting.
The mafia aspect, and the cultural clashing of American, Ukrainian, Russian etc, was actually fun to read. I liked how the author clarified the perception, especially that of individuality, to the reader, and how Alexi began to understand how it affected him throughout his life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
My early life was genuinely dreadful and it makes a lot of people very sad when I talk about it, so I won’t. I am now a happy, healthy baby biker who rides a sweet-ass red VTR250 and thinks he’s just hilarious.
While growing up, I devoured books by Ed Greenwood, Frank Herbert, Mercades Lackey, Robert T. Bakker, Alan Moore, Eiji Yoshikawa, Margaret Weiss, Anne McCaffery and Neil Gaiman. I avidly read every D&D Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance novel, most of the science fiction shelf, and a lot of non-fiction books. I had, and still do have, a passion for dinosaurs (specifically) and paleontology (in general). I like The Dresden Files and have a love-hate relationship with Constantine.
As an adult, I have lived in 8 different countries, finished three manuscripts, and am self-publishing LILIUM, a multimedia science fiction project, and BLOOD HOUND, the first book in the Hound of Eden urban fantasy/occult detective novel series.
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