Review: Bottle Demon by Stephen Blackmoore

Bottle Demon by Stephen Blackmoore

Synopsis and Details:

The Necromancer is dead. Long live the Necromancer.

After being attacked by a demon in the one place he thought he was safe, Eric Carter has been killed, his soul sent to take its place as a stand-in for the Aztec god of death Mictlantecuhtli. But somebody on Earth isn’t done with him, yet. Somebody with the power to bring him back from the dead. He doesn’t know who, and worse he doesn’t know why.

Between an angry death goddess, family secrets steeped in blood, a Djinn who’s biding his time, and a killer mage who can create copy after copy of himself, Eric’s new life looks to be just as violent as his last one. But if he doesn’t get to the bottom of why he’s back, it’s going to be a hell of a lot shorter.

Series: Eric Carter #6 |  Genres: Urban Fantasy  |  Release Date: May 04, 2021  |  Publisher: DAW  |  Length:   |  ISBN: 978-0756412982  |  ASIN: B08F4KPPGL  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After reading the prequel to Bottle Demon, Ghost Money, I was so curious as to what, if anything, was going to happen next to Eric Carter?! Not every plot can successfully bring a character back to life after an extended period of death but Bottle Demon nailed it. I was just as much in the dark as Eric about what was taking place with him after he had been awakened and I loved speculating right alongside him. I felt that his confusion and his process for finding out what was taking place was realistically done and added a great mystery element to the story. With each scene another puzzle piece dropped into place and pretty soon I had a clear picture of what was truly happening and it was intriguing.

Also, I found that I had such compassion for Eric because he never seems to get a break. When he finally had a measure of peace it was taken from him and I liked that he understood it and, in his way, mourned that loss. Of course, he is not the kind of guy to just sit around feeling bad for himself, especially not when there are others who really need his help. So, expect that in his way he kicked butt and took names in this story. There was plenty of action, magic, and the kind of paranormal activity that I have come to expect with the Eric Carter series. It was good to see some of the characters that I have come to know in this series but not all were actively a part of Bottle Demon. There was a distinctive feeling that if this series continues, this book will be the one that changed the direction of what we can expect in future books. I, for one, cannot wait to see what is next!

*Thank you to DAW & NetGalley for this eARC of Bottle Demon*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

About the Author:

Author Stephen Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to no renown who once thought lighting things on fire was one of the best things a kid could do with his time. Until he discovered that eyebrows don’t grow back very quickly.

He is the author of the urban fantasy novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS and BROKEN SOULS.

His short stories and poetry have appeared in Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, Demolition, Clean Sheets , Flashing In The Gutters and a couple of anthologies with authors far better than he is.

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