Suicide Kings by Stephen Blackmoore: Thrilling Action

The seventh book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Family is murder.

 When Eric Carter helps a friend with a deadly ritual that could determine the fate of the most powerful mage family in Los Angeles he steps into the middle of centuries-long feuds with people who make the Borgias look like the Brady Bunch.

 Eric’s just fine with the murder, soul eaters, and death magic. He’s just having trouble adjusting to being brought back from the grave.

 If he’s not careful, somebody’s going to put him right back.

One of the first things you notice as you begin reading, is Stephen Blackmoore doesn’t waste time. The story and plot pick up right away, the action exploding off the page. There is not a wasted moment or page in the novel and Eric Carter gets swept up into the machinations and political maneuvering of others. On top of the politics, he’s still struggling with having been brought back from the grave. The two are both important to the character and the story.

One of the things I love the most is how much the character stays consistent to his core personality even through death but still continues to grow. We still get snappy dialogue, humor dripping out of Eric’s mouth at every interaction, but he does have moments of introspection. His tendency to be a jerk wars with his desire to help others but helping defines the character far more which makes him far more relatable to readers. And his desire to stay out of trouble even when he is being dragged once more into the middle of danger. 

Stephen Blackmoore’s ability to write thrilling action and mystery, political intrigue, and a main character that is completely engrossing is why this book is so good. If you like action, paranormal intrigue with political overtones, and family drama, this book is for you. I find I can follow the story easily. I think readers who haven’t read the series will like it but I do recommend the entire series. 

Rating: 5 out 5 family deaths

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