"I've awakened in a stone box about the size of a large coffin.... I'm filthy, everything aches, and, by the various so-called gods, I smell awful. I've woken up in worse places. Hmm. What does that say about my life choices?" (Eric, amateur magician, part-time vampire, and accidental king)
It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home. Luckily for Eric, he has the world's fastest pet rock, a smart-mouthed sword, and a horse that not only understands him but likes him anyway.
©2015 Garon Whited (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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3 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 04-04-17

Continuity issues, lots of padding, still jaunty

I really struggled with continuity issues in this book. It still has the same jaunty tone of the first book, but I was so irritated by the continuity issues, that I was distracted for at least the first half of the book -hence the low 3 star rating.

Eric wakes after 80ish years, tho' for him it feels like yesterday that he had the big battle ....but instead of rushing off to find out how the love of his life and children are, he decides to train some new knights and invent things? And we're almost 3 hours into listening before he starts to ask how his family is /decides to visit etc? Come on.... Eric might be a vampire, but the whole plotline centres around him being a good bloke, despite being a dastardly fiend of the night. His complete disregard for those people who meant so much to him before he "fell asleep" feels completely wrong. He also never bothers to find out about his friends' descendants and whether they're all doing ok.

Also, he is suddenly able to do magic at night again? No explanation for it. Not even a "gee wow, I can do magic again" reference. This was a serious continuity issue for me. Either Garon Whited simply forgot about this plot inconvenience, or his editor made a hash of things.

Did I miss something? Did I zone out and miss these explanations?? I like my stories to stack , and these issues undermined everything for me. And that's aside from any morality issues with Tort who was his ward just "yesterday".

Once I eventually managed to put the above irritants aside, I still enjoyed it. Yes, there is loads of padding in the story, and there were plenty of times when I would zone out,(perhaps I simply missed the "magic again" explanation?) but Sean Runnette's reading is easy on the ear, the story retains its light tone and it's a pleasant enough escapist listen.

The ending is sudden, and crafted to get the listener to need book #3. I probably will download book 3, but I need something pacier first, and if book 3 ends as suddenly as book 1 and 2, it may well be my last of the series.

Other reviewers haven't commented on the issues that have irritated me, so if you enjoyed the first book, and are not as pedantic as I clearly am, then you will probably enjoy this one too. (the ending is a cliff-hanger, but it won't bother you if you're happy to download #3)

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By glyn on 29-01-16


this is a brilliant audio book and its a brilliant storyline and funny and best book ever I can't wait for the third book to come out it's going to be awesome heads up to the author you've done a brilliant job keep up the good work hope this 3rd book comes out really soon

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob-o on 16-02-16

OH NO!!! I have to wait for book 3. :(

I loved listening to this novel! The story grabbed my attention immediately and it held it through to the end. I love the magic system, it makes sense to me, and I love how the protagonist works through the problems he encounters by using magic and his vampire powers. This is a truly unique vampire story and it's truly epic. There is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end, which leaves me chomping at the bit wanting to know what happens in Book 3. I hope it's not a long wait. I think the narrator is a perfect match too. I can't imagine any one else narrating it. Sean Runnette was excellant!

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17 of 20 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Rubin Mainor on 25-02-16


This book rocks. The only problem that I have with it, is that I really want the sequel to this one and its not out yet so I'm frustrated.

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12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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