Book Review: Black Magic by Russell James

Posted October 5, 2017 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Horror, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Black Magic by Russell JamesBlack Magic by Russell James
Narrator: David Stifel
Published by Russell James on 08-10-17
Genres: Horror
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

In this magic shop the magic is real.  And the trick is on you.

Citrus Glade is a dying town that needs new businesses, but the one that just opened is doing much more harm than good. Stranger Lyle Miller’s magic shop seems to only stock what its select customers desire. When four outcast boys buy common party tricks, only Lyle knows what those tricks can really do. As subtle changes occur around town, a few residents realize that something is amiss…and getting worse. But it may already be too late. Lyle’s black magic has empowered more townspeople to help him execute his Grand Adventure, a plan that will reduce the town, and half the state, to rubble.

Citrus Glade is a little small town with a great past but a bleak present and future. Lyle Miller arrives in town and opens a mysterious magic shop, which appears to be almost empty, but just has the necessary item on display when the right visitor arrives. Four boys purchase there different items, without knowing that they are getting much more than what they think, since they will be part of an evil plan crafted by Lyle.

I have to say that I expected more from this book. The premises were interesting enough but the lack of character development and background stories made me lose interest. It is clear that Lyle is a very old evil being, since we get a couple of glimpses about his past hear and there, but not really enough to make him a solid character. The most developed characters were the four boys, victims of Lyle, but even like that they were two dimensional. The rest of characters were likable but mere drafts. Their actions were expected.

All in all, despite these minor issues, it was an enjoyable story, a bit long winded for my liking, but an easy and entertaining listen. David Stifel, its narrator was the best part of this audiobook. More than just reading, he is a great story teller, creating a special atmosphere and unique character interpretations. Just only because of the narration, this audiobook is worth the listen.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars