How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can't remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he's a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren't done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. But with his enemies closing in and the barrier holding back his memories beginning to crumble, Nate is forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can't remember. Crimes Against Magic is a dark, fast-paced urban fantasy torn between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France.
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Interesting story, good narrator.
Thrilling, fastpaced, fun.
There were two characters I really liked. Nate, the protagonist, naturally. It was interesting to see how he struggels to regain his memory and fights to keep on top of all the things that are happening around him and to him without really knowing what this is all about. And all that without that constant refection and talking one gets in so many urban fantasy novels by female authors.
The other one would be Dani. I liked her, liked how she was weak and strong at the same time. How she had her whole world break appart and discover many scary things about her life and herself and how she, while being scared about this refused to let that fear rule her.
Nate, since it was a first person narrative. I was sceptical at first if he could pull that of because I knew him previously form his naration of the "Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica" series which are young adult if not childrens books and it took a few chapters of getting used to. But by now I well in the thirs book of this series and wouldn't want to miss him as Nate.
Yes and no. One the one hand, the story is fastpaced and thrilling and you always want to know what's happening next, so yes I really wanted to listen to this audiobook in one go. On the other hand it's over ten hours long and set in two different time periods telling two storylines that only really flow together in the very end. So it was good, to take a break sometimes and recap the story to really get it. I sometimes even took the ebook and read along what I was listening to.
Two things I guess: First, you should not expect some worldshaking brilliant story, adressing all the problems of the world in an urban fantasy fable or something. Its more like a James Bond movie with magic: Fastpaced, not always logical to the core but fun to watch nonetheless.
Secondly, if you are a non-native speaker like me, this audiobook is faily easy to listen and understand, since Langdon has a nice British accent. But you should know a little bit about the figures of Graeco-Roman Myth and Athurian legend and how they are called in English to understand whom they are talking about. I had a fairly hard time with "Achilles", always understanding "Hercules" - which sound pretty similar - until I read a chapter or two while listening and finally getting who's who.