White Trash Warlock (Adam Binder #1) by David R. Slayton | Book Review

White Trash Warlock (The Adam Binder Novels #1) by David R. Slayton published 13 October 2020

Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam.

Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local magicians dead.

It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart.

The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it.

How was it?

This book could almost be a mental health story within a family. There are a lot of real down-to-earth elements that make it grounded enough that the fantasy elements could be believed to be dreamt or imagined by the main character, Adam. In fact, removing all the paranormal aspects of the story would have still made it an interesting one. The family history and the fraught relationships are just as interesting as the fantasy world that Adam can see.
But do fantasy and reality mix together well? Kind of, for a good chunk of the story, I was ready for it to be the musings of a mentally ill patient. It’s a testament to how this world and its none believer characters feel like everyday people like your average Joe would react to someone discussing magic and such. I liked the book, it’s a good start to the Adam Binder Novels but I expect a smoother ride next time.

White Trash Warlock gets more intriguing the more you read it. Adam’s back story is tragic but captivating in its complexity.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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