My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.
A Young Adult humor story wouldn’t normally be at the top of my to-read list, but it’s short, it was on sale at the time and I needed a palate cleanser after the dark and difficult read that was Flesh Cartel. This seemed like the perfect antidote at first, but there are only so many jokes about pizza pockets I can take in any given story. The humor seemed to wear out on me after the first few laughs and what made me laugh at the beginning seemed to make me roll my eyes by the end. I get the feeling that the humor will either come across to most readers as hilarious or juvenile depending on your tastes, and that will define whether you love or hate this story.
The plot itself isn’t that deep. Blake St. Blake finds he’s not the only Chosen One, and finds himself falling for the wizard Shadow as they hunt demons together. As awkward teenagers, they find coming to terms with their mutual attraction is much harder than fighting evil. It’s a good light-hearted look at romance without getting bogged down in deep feelings, which is perfect for this type of story.
If you like campy horror and one-liners, this will probably be your cup of tea. It would also be a good first read for a young adult getting into the gay romance genre. For me, it was all right, but it didn’t seem to hit my funny bone like Andrea Speed’s Josh of the Damned stories did.