Author: James A. Hunter
Title: Savage Prophet
Series: Yancy Lazarus 4
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's website:
Legions of murderous undead, Haitian voodoo, and a five-thousand-year old serpent god.
Yeah, ’cause that’s exactly what Yancy Lazarus needs in his life: more complications. As if being the Hand of Fate and the newly appointed guardian over one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse wasn’t headache enough.
All Yancy wants is an easy life on the open road—chock-full of ribs, beer, cigarettes, and smoky bars blaring with gritty blues music—but that just isn’t in the cards. Nope, not anymore. He’s been charged to save the world and now that he’s got a no-shit demon riding shotgun in his head, he’s sorta committed to the cause.
If Yancy can’t sort through this colossal heap of bullshit, he’s coffin bound. But, he’s not dead yet. In fact, he even has a lead.
Turns out one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse—the pale Rider, Death—is slumming around in one of Yancy’s old haunts. In order to corner this new threat, though, Yancy’s gonna have to face some deadly supernatural nightmares from his distant past. And, to make matters worse, he’s not the only one trailing the Pale Rider. A powerful new mage with some serious magical chops, is also aiming to find the Fourth Seal and he’ll do whatever it takes to win. Even if it means hurting those closest to Yancy … Like F.B.I. Agent Nicole Ferraro.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yancy is up to his old tricks: trying to save the world without dying in the process. This time he's fighting against another mage, some old enemies, and has some new friends at his side, but Yancy isn't certain anything he does will end well.
I remember being so impressed with Yancy's character in the first book. His snarky attitude combined with his big heart was so interesting to read and I really enjoyed that book because of it. I wouldn't expect Yancy to completely change his personality, but after four books I expected to see some sort of growth in him and that hasn't happened. He is completely interchangeable from how he was in the first book to this one, which, given how much he's gone through in the last few books, isn't realistic at all. Other characters show growth, so I know the author is capable of writing it, but for some reason Yancy is above something so human as change.
The plot is interesting, but it felt repetitive. While everything Yancy has to fight and experience is completely new, somehow the way he goes about it and his thought process as he goes into battle was unchanged. It got boring very quickly.
This series has been steadily going downhill for me. Yancy's unchanging characterization is the biggest issue, and it leaks into every other aspect of the story. What should have been an exciting plot quickly became boring, and that is why I cannot recommend this book.
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