*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
I feel terrible for Cal. This poor man has been kidnapped multiple times, tortured, assaulted with mind magic, and injured more times than I can count. He has PTSD and anxiety/panic attacks, and it’s no wonder. He’s constantly ending up in no-win situations with tough decisions to make that leave him wracked with guilt, and although he has had some good things to help him through (like his teammates/friends/partner), the problems, secrets, and dangers in his life just seem to be piling up. And he doesn’t deserve any of it because he’s a genuine, caring person who tries to be the best he can be, even if he does take it too far sometimes by taking on things that aren’t his responsibility or his fault. I just want to give him a hug and then wave a magic wand to make things all better for him.
Anyway… This was another great book in the series. Another action-packed story with twists and turns and mysteries and magic. Each book is fast-paced with great characters, diversity, and oftentimes relevance to the real world. I don’t know whether there’s an overarching plot goal beyond stopping the various bad supernatural groups that Cal and the DSI have uncovered or what the end game might be, but there was a pretty big change at the end of this book that might shake things up quite a bit for the foreseeable future. I missed Cooper and Erica again, but I understand why they still weren’t around, and I think both of them will be back in the story eventually, if not very soon.
We also got to learn more about how magic works in this world, how the witches, wizards, and magic practitioners use it, and that was cool. It was really interesting and detailed and clearly thought-out.
Overall, another great addition to this urban fantasy series, even if it did leave my heart breaking for poor Cal!
Fans of Books 1-5 in Clara Coulson's City of Crows Series. Anyone who likes action-packed urban fantasy, supernatural creatures, a hilariously snarky but also realistic and compassionate protag, and touching friendships/team dynamics.
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Cal Kinsey’s back on the beat, but nothing is the same.
After discovering a startling secret about his own history, Cal’s been forced to split his time between honing new skills and healing old wounds. So when what appears to be a routine supernatural murder drags him out of the DSI office and onto the streets once again, Cal is initially overjoyed at the prospect of returning to some sense of “normal.”
His hopes are dashed, however, when the seemingly simple crime suddenly morphs into a violent murder spree that leaves bloody bodies scattered across Aurora. With scant clues to the perpetrator’s motives and identity, Cal and his teammates find themselves in a race against time to stop a magic practitioner hellbent on killing anyone related to a man that everyone at DSI was hoping they’d be allowed to forget.
But in the supernatural community, old wounds always reopen and old enemies always rear their heads again in the ugliest of ways. And while Cal now has more power at his disposal than ever before, the adversary pitted against him this time around may just be unstoppable.
Spell Caster is the sixth book in the action-packed City of Crows urban fantasy series.
LGBT+ Rep: Bisexual (Main Character)
Disability Rep: Mental Illness, Panic Attacks, PTSD
POC Rep: Hispanic/Latinx, Mexican, POC
Non-Human Type: Other Supernatural
Relationships/Sex: M/M Established Relationship, No Explicit Sex, No Romance
Extra Love: Favorite Book/Series, Favorite Male Character