Title: It Happened One Doomsday
Author: Laurence McNaughton
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
I received a copy from the publisher Pyr for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
Can her magic save the world — before his curse destroys it?
Magic is real. Only a handful of natural-born sorcerers can wield its arcane power against demons, foul creatures, and the forces of darkness. These protectors of the powerless are descendants of an elite order. The best magic-users in the world.
Unfortunately, Dru isn’t one of them.
Sure, she’s got a smidge of magical potential. She can use crystals to see enchantments or brew up an occasional potion. And she can research practically anything in the library of dusty leather-bound tomes she keeps stacked in the back of her little store. There, sandwiched between a pawn shop and a 24-hour liquor mart, she sells enough crystals, incense, and magic charms to scrape by. But everything changes the day a handsome mechanic pulls up in a possessed black muscle car, his eyes glowing red.
Just being near Greyson raises Dru’s magical powers to dizzying heights. But he’s been cursed to transform into a demonic creature that could bring about the end of the world.
Then she discovers that the Harbingers, seven fallen sorcerers, want to wipe the planet clean of humans and install themselves as new lords of an unfettered magical realm. And when they unearth the Apocalypse Scroll, the possibility of a fiery cosmic do-over suddenly becomes very real.
There’s only one chance to break Greyson’s curse and save the world from a fiery Doomsday – and it’s about to fall into Dru’s magically inexperienced hands…
Once I read the premise of this book, I just knew it was going to a lot of funtoread and it was. This is urban fantasy with the elements I like the most; a reluctant and unlikely heroine. her kick-ass, tough as nails, ride-or-die girlfriend and the handsome hunk about to learn the hard way that the supernatural world exists, and his only hope of battling it, is the afore-mentioned unlikely heroine. Cool right?
Dru Jasper is the bookish somewhat nerdy and insecure owner of The Crystal Connection, a shop that sells potions, charms, and enchanted crystals to the powerful sorcerers who fight against evil. T he “real” sorcerers don’t give Dru any respect – but all that is about to change when her crystal powers become the key to saving the world. Even her doubtful boyfriend will have to see her in another light.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I could easily have read it in one sitting if it weren’t for life’s obligations. I liked that Dru is not some special person with the most powerful magic or sorcery. Instead, she is smart, more than a little bit unsure of her abilities but determined to help others. The guy is the one who needs saving in this and it is at times hilarious the things they go through to halt Doomsday.
The plot is in no way mind-blowing but it is fun. I especially loved the incorporation of hot rods, muscle cars and souped up rides to act as the ‘steeds’ for the horsemen. That was creative and totally awesome, giving it an originality which is hard to find within this genre. The pacing is fast and filled with hair-raising, nail-biting action and dry humor. It is made unique with the main protagonist’s ability to use Crystals to heal magical afflictions, something I don’t recall coming across being used in this way in any urban fantasy books I’ve read. This was amazing and the details regarding which crystals can be used for what shows in-depth research by the author which I really appreciate as it adds that necessary authenticity to the story.
I really had a lot of fun immersing myself in this story and I hope there is a sequel because I can’t wait to see what happens next. My only qualm was that the heroine seems to have a case of she doth protest too much; even after seeing what she’s capable of, she continues to doubt herself and it became somewhat irritating over time.
Overall, a really fun read with lots of action-packed, hairy moments that will have you on the edge of your seat, filled with anxiety to see how it all plays out. It Happened One Doomsday is a captivating , unique addition to the genre that lovers of urban fantasy will gobble up.
About The Author
I grew up in a creaky old colonial house in Connecticut that I was pretty sure was haunted. As a kid, I was a choirboy in a church that was built in 1754. I also pounded out stories on a black manual typewriter until I sold my first magazine article at age 19. Over the years, I’ve been a bookseller, typesetter, printer, copywriter and (somewhat randomly) a prototype vehicle test driver. When I’m not writing, I bike and hike the Colorado Rockies, explore ghost towns and wrench on old cars. But the whole time, I’m usually thinking about the book I’m going to write next. I love connecting with readers, so click here to contact me.