Author: James A. Hunter
Title: Cold Hearted
Series: Yancy Lazarus 2
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Yancy Lazarus just wants to be left alone. He wants to play his blues music, smoke a few cigarettes, and otherwise leave the supernatural world to fend for itself.
He especially wants to be left alone by the Guild of the Staff—the mage ruling body—where he used to work as a Fix-It man. But when a little kid gets nabbed by an ancient Fae creature from the nether regions of Winter and the Guild refuses to set things right, he just can’t seem to heed good sense and leave things be.
Nothing’s ever easy though. Turns out, the kidnapping is just the tip of one big ol’ iceberg of pain and trouble. It seems some nefarious force is working behind the scenes to try and unhinge the tenuous balance between the supernatural nations and usher in a new world order. So now, if Yancy ever hopes to see the bottom of another beer bottle, he’s gonna have to partner up with an FBI agent—an agent who’s been hunting him for years—in order to bring down a nigh-immortal, douchebag mage from a different era. And to top it off, Yancy’s gonna have to pull it off without his magical powers … Boy, some days just aren’t worth getting out of bed for.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yancy Lazarus has led a difficult life. From his time as a soldier in the Vietnam War, to having to abandon his family in order to keep them safe, and now having to fight and kill evil forces to keep the world alive, nothing in his life has ever gone easy for him. The newest evil force he's fighting is particularly gruesome, but that is only the tip of an iceberg that includes being arrested by the FBI, getting attacked by a harpy, and losing contact with his magic.
Yancy as a character is still just as interesting in this book as in the first. He's snarky, a bit of a bad-ass, but his heart is very much in the right place. I can't help really liking him and enjoying his actions and the thought process behind everything he does. He is the reason I read the second book in the series and the reason I am hoping to also read the third.
Unfortunately, I had a bit of trouble getting into this book. It wasn't a slow start as the book opens in the middle of an action scene, but I struggled to get past the first few chapters. This was most likely caused by a lengthy flash-back scene that was necessary to understand Yancy better and to give depth to the book, but cut me off from the exciting action scene too abruptly. Once I was past that section, I was hooked again.
Yancy's character is such an interesting one that I can't help really enjoying reading this book and this series. I had a bit of trouble getting into the beginning of this book because of the flashback scene, but overall I enjoyed it and I do recommend it.
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