Charmingby Elliott James Series: Pax Arcana #1
Published by Orbit on September 24th 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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John Charming isn't your average Prince...
He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?
This is one of these instances where I love being a Book Blogger, or rather being a Book Blog Reader with Bloggers I trust deeply. When Tabs from “My Shelf Confessions” review “Charming” we ended up chatting on twitter about it and I knew I was going to read it!
Fantastical Urban Fantasy with a charming male hero!
I love Urban Fantasy and all things paranormal, so I don’t know why I haven’t picked “Charming” up earlier. I saw it on NetGalley but then didn’t give it a second glance! But, it does sound fantastic! A world full of paranormal creatures like werewolves, Vampires and magic and a knights! John Charming is a knight who is unique among his kind. Sadly, this makes him an outsider to be hunted and he’s left being lonely insetad of doing what he was always supposed to do: Saving humans from paranormal creatues. When a beautiful and super strong stranger Sig enters his life, be begins finally taking part among the living and helps her solve a case of some rouge Vampires.
Unique and highly entertaining narrative
John Charming tells us his story, and he directly speaks to us in this tale. I love these kind of narrative even though it not always works out, it most definitely works out highly entertaining in “Charming”. I loved John’s humor and way of seeing the world and explaining the world to us. And… there is a lot of backstory he tells us about and I believe this could be tiering for some readers. It wasn’t for me though. Just sometimes, maybe in the middle of a fight he halts and explains us where his sword comes from and why it#s so special. Again, I didn’t mind even though it sometimes disruppted the pace a little.
Still, I loved the funny way John spoke to us and .. he’s widely entertaining:)
Outstanding Heroine comes to rescue our charming Boy!
Not that John is not a hero and kick ass himself, but he’s lost due to some tragedy in his life and he’s been alone for so long, that he wasn’t used to be around people who know him and not just the facade he keeps. Sig is an amazing person. She’s a very special paranormal creature and she’s wonderful strong both in body and also her mind is strong! I loved her, she was kick ass and didn’t let John leave to be alone again. She fought him, she fought for him to be again part of a community.
“And I like you. Beneath all the anger and coping mechanism, you’re also brave. And loyal. And kind. And funny. And strong-willed” Sig to John
They were perfect for each other, the chemistry great – but their romance was very slow progressing and makes me excited for the next book!
“I know this because I come from a long line of dragon slayers, witch finders, and self-righteous asshats.”
“Popular young adult novels notwithstanding, vampires only sparkle when they burn.”
“You play with fire, you get burned. You play with intimacy, you get awkward”
Charming by Elliott James is an exciting debut and a kick ass addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. “Charming” is told in a unique and outstanding narrative that will hook you up and win you over completely (like me). It comes also with a vast and colorful cast of characters that I am looking forward exploring more in the upcoming books! This, is a wonderful strong debut and fans of this genre should definitely add this book to their list. It reminds me a little of The Iron Druid Chronicles and I hope it will become one of my favorite series!