Fasten your seat belts and hold on. Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh is a fast-paced, in your face, urban fantasy that grabs you on the first page, and doesn’t let go even after you’ve finished. You’ll want that second book, now.
Set in modern day London, with flashbacks to 15th century France, Crimes Against Magic is told through the eyes of Nathan Garrett, a 1600 year old sorcerer who woke up ten years prior with no memory of who — or what — he is. While trying to sort out an elusive past, Nate has been using his talents as a professional thief. On the heels of a seemingly innocuous job, he finds himself plunged headlong into a life or death mystery that unfolds — like his memories — piece by surprising piece. Borrowing from myth and legend, and adding his own unique twists, McHugh takes the reader on a whirlwind ride that will leave you totally breathless. This author definitely knows how to build suspense and intrigue, with a well-formed plot and characters that launch off the page and grab you — and each other — by the throat.
If you like action and mystery with a supernatural bent, you’ll want to get a copy of Crimes Against Magic for yourself. Be warned, the book contains strong language and violence; if you’re squeamish, you may want to hide your head under the covers, but then you’ll miss the good stuff. And good stuff is pretty much what this book offers from cover to cover.