About The Curse Mandate
War is coming…how much hell will Dorian Lake unleash when the gloves come off?
Saddled with both a new pupil and a bar to run, Dorian has to pick his battles carefully if he is to find his soul. When the Dark Choir bargains with Dorian in exchange for his loyalty, the power they offer may be too valuable to refuse…for a new menace threatens the hermetic order in America.
Members of the Presidium are being outed in the press, and the formidable cabal’s response is swift and brutal. But Dorian has no time to hide from the Presidium’s fury, as the new Deputy Mayor taps him to investigate a string of occult crimes. Dorian soon uncovers an ancient enemy of the Presidium, which threatens to plunge America into a lawless era not seen since the Dark Ages.
To sway Dorian to their cause, the Presidium gives him free rein to practice Netherwork. But even if the man without a soul can survive this conflict, if he can protect his friends and allies, if he can mean the difference between order and chaos… will this mandate save Dorian Lake from the schemes of the Dark Choir?
Reviews for The Curse Mandate
4 of 5 stars. I was asked to review this, and it's been a while since I read the first. I did remember that I enjoyed the first, so I agreed. Characterization is vivid; the people aren't stereotyped. The protagonist is likeable, not perfect, & the sarcasm just enough. You get caught up in these folks and their relationships. Also, there are clear mechanisms for magic in this world; there are no quick cop-outs. Love Lake, & am up for reading more about him & friends..
Still searching for his own soul, Dorian Lake is also still locked in a battle against the Dark Choir. In this third book of the series, Lake also has a pupil to train and a bar to run while also trying to secure his own soul before evil itself does.
Soon after the departure of too many close to home, Lake is beckoned by certain members of the Presidium to out the enemy, and the new Deputy Mayor taps him to investigate a string of occult crimes. All of this seems to be on the verge of plunging America into a [...]
Alright, this proves it: Dorian Lake is a trouble magnet. All the man wants to do is train his new apprentice and find his dislocated soul, and maybe make a living from his job as a hex-maker and his new gig as a bar owner. But fate--or knowing Dorian, it's probably karma-- just refuses to cooperate. Instead, he finds himself promising to help out his apprentice's brother with a nasty curse and finds himself embroiled in a nasty string of mysterious jinxes that threatens to bring the Presidium-- the governing body of American magicians-- right down on his head. As [...]
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.
The Curse Mandate is book three in the ‘Dark Choir series’ and just as fantastic as the first two. Though, I do have to say I really should have re-read the first two before I read the third as there were moments I couldn’t quite remember who was who, who had done what, etc. But that was totally my fault and not a flaw in the author’s work! But, yeah, definitely not [...]