How to Hunt a Menacing Magical Shadow, a review by Lissa

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How to Hunt a Menacing Magical Shadow
Christine Schulz

Urban Fantasy
338 Pages

Published by Christine Schulz
June 16, 2020


This was my first time reading an urban fantasy novel, and I have to say I was a little unsure about it at first. But I was most definitely surprised. It was so good and I was hooked within the first chapter, I just had to learn more about the characters and the plot.

Magic rules society and magical items are now an everyday thing and are extremely commonplace. Pretty much anyone can use magic. Except for Adrian Cotter, he seems to be the only person who cannot use magical items. They typically tend to malfunction when he tries to use them, often ending up being super dangerous. He’s a cop and looked down upon by others in the precinct because of his inability to use magical items. He loves cupcakes, absolutely love ‘em, and only has one friend who also works at the precinct, Nolan. Adrian wants nothing more than to be a hero, but then weird things start to happen around him and then things take a turn for the absolute worst. Adrian’s once quiet life is anything but now.

There are some great fight scenes in this book that I was definitely impressed with. One of the main things I loved about this book was the amount of different magical items and powers that the author came up with. It wasn’t just the stereotypical (but still extremely awesome) telekinesis and pyrokinesis. No, there were fun magical abilities. The author definitely put some creativity and thought into these powers. I thought they were amazing.

I did think the book got a little bit too complicated going on at one point, and there was definitely more stuff going on than there should have been. I think there could’ve been more details about certain aspects of the book and what Adrian was going through and his feelings in regards to the situations he was in. But overall, I was most definitely impressed with this. I highly recommend.




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