Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
JT was a perfectly happy orc building cars in the Arizona desert until his old friend and sometimes lover Austin showed up and talked him into one last crime. Now “one last crime” has snowballed. With a new team of thieves—a supersoldier, a hacker, a driver, a graffiti artist, and a seafaring wizard—JT and Austin are determined to free an artificial intelligence from the dungeon of the Burning Magus.
For JT, this job is more than a prison break; it’s a do-over of The Job That Went Bad two years ago, the catastrophe in which JT lost his closest friend and then chose to abandon everything, even Austin. Maybe this time no one will die. Maybe this time JT can return to Arizona and bury his old life for good.
Except Austin won’t be buried. After two years alone, Austin knows he wants JT—not just as a partner in crime, but as the lover he always should have been. Maybe this time they won’t make the same mistakes, especially when it comes to each other.
With The Burning Magus, Don Allmon brings The Blue Unicorn trilogy to a close and does so in a manner I’ve come to expect from this wildly imaginative author.
I’ve loved and been intrigued by the warped, bleak landscape of the universe that is the setting for this series. The land and people contorted, twisted, and transformed into “otherness”…orcs, trolls, elves, and more. History become fabricated, molded, and then worshiped along various lines as was self created religions. Techno driven cultures, implants, wastelands of the environments and of the soul….nothing that Don Allmon forgot or left uncreated.
That included a trilogy arc of incredible cruelty, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, and love. All done amidst cars, trucks, gadgetry,magic, and carnage.
Oh, and sex, lots and lots of sex.
All that continues here.
At the end I had to think. It was as if the author, in his plotting of the final book, started picking up the proverbial narrative grab bag. “I want that over there, and that, and that.” You, there, honking big thing!, I want you!” And Allmon goes for the gusto with every nutso item the writer gets his hand on. And then brings order to it There’s an skillfully written suspenseful breakin scene! Talk about action adventure right down to the techno spider thingy. And a mad getaway. Heroes in peril multiple times. Bike chases, stolen cars, boats, AI’s who might be alive, and even Godzilla!
Did I mention tentacle sex? And dragons?
And for all this wonderful wild weirdness, Don Allmon doesn’t forget that what we as readers crave is the connectivity. One character to another, the reader to the characters. It’s all about the emotions, the heart, the love. That we also get. Just when we need it the most.
If, at the end of the book, we’re left a little spent, exhausted. Well, that’s to be expected. Look at the path we’ve trodden together. We’ve been shot at, abducted, lied to, wounded, lost our hope and found it again. Along with love. That’s a trip well spent. A journey well taken and one I highly recommend.
Cover By: Simoné. I love these covers by Simoné, they remain some of my favorite. Perfect for the characters and storyline. Fantastic!
ebook, 219 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
Original Title The Burning Magus
Edition Language English
Series Blue Unicorn