In the Books, featuring Black Market (The Wizard hall Chronicles Volume 2) by Sheryl Steines

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Black Market (The Wizard hall Chronicles Volume 2) by Sheryl Steines.

Sheryl

About the Book: Annie Pearce thought she heard the last of Special Agent Jack Ramsey, until he called her; there was another bizarre death. This time it was outside the magical black market. In the course of the investigation in the black market, Annie and the Wizard Guard learn that the protection spell surrounding the market is failing and if it’s not stopped, magic will be exposed. Is it related to the murder? As Annie races to discover who murdered the victim, she stumbles into a strange secret society that leads her down a path to discovering the truth about her father’s death. Is it all related?

My review: This is my favorite book of the series so far. I really enjoyed the way ancient stories, religion, and mythos were tied together in a modern day treasure hunt. The story itself was faced paced and entertaining, keeping me guessing and turning the pages. The world was richly described, but more than that, I could feel the dirt and grime of the black market. The scenes there were my favorites, just because of the description put into it.

My only issue with the story was a brief moment where there was an awesome opportunity to cash in on the building suspense, and it was easily resolved by the next scene. I understand the reason behind how it was done, and it was explained well. I just wanted more action, so take this critism with a grain of salt.

The characters were well developed and fun. Annie reminds me of myself in that no matter how I’m feeling, I’m not a good patient and refuse to take things easy. She really drove the story and I chuckled every time she had to deal with the elf in her house. It was a classic odd couple moment where I felt her pain, but wanted it to keep going.

Like the first book, this is an awesome combination of various mythos and a great story. It also has me jonesing for the next book. I can’t wait to read it.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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