Book Review: The Time-Marked Warlock, Shami Stovall

Book Review: The Time-Marked Warlock, Shami Stovall

The Time-Marked Warlock, Shami Stovall

Fantasy: The Time-Marked Warlock, Shami Stovall

I am quickly falling in love with books by Shami Stovall. The latest one that has come to my attention is The Time-Marked Warlock. Adair Finch is that time-marked warlock. He is able to reset time back to a specific moment that he noted. In this book, that is 4:34 a.m. when he is awakened by a young girl pounding on his door and hysterically crying. Bree’s mother had told her that if she were ever in great trouble, Bree should look up the Finch brothers. They were extremely powerful warlocks, excellent private detectives, and Adair was an old personal friend of Bree’s mother. So, when Bree sees her mother killed and her father taken, and when the culprits try to capture her, she does what her mother said and finds Adair Finch.

 

Finch, though, no longer takes cases. In fact, he seldom leaves his apartment for any reason at all. The last case the Finch brothers took led directly to Adair’s brother being killed. Adair blames himself for the death. For some time now, he has sat in his apartment, grieving his brother and withdrawing from the world.

 

Even in his misery, though, Finch cannot turn away the daughter of his friend. Nor can he ignore that his friend had been murdered in her own home. He reluctantly brings Bree along and begins searching for the culprit. He assumes that Bree’s father was behind the crime. The clues, though, take him in very unexpected directions and shatter his initial assumptions.

 

Stovall writes fun and entertaining plots. As Finch goes through the day again and again and again, he continues to pick up more information. That kind of repetition could be very boring, but it is not. Every time Adair and Bree (and later a trickster spirit named Kull) relive the same day, they use the information previously learned and get step by step closer to the killers and to rescuing Bree’s father.

 

All three of the main characters are distinct and fascinating. Adair begins the book as a total mess. As he spends more time with Bree, though, he gradually is able to move through his grief and find his old mojo. Bree is a talented, albeit untrained, magic user. She is also driven to make the world better. She can’t help her mom, but she can find her dad–and she can move Adair to rescue a dog, save a petty criminal, and sundry other acts of goodwill that Adair would not have considered doing on his own. Bree’s heart sparks something in Adair’s spirit, and Adair’s magic and investigative skills bring Bree ever closer to her goal.

 

This is a fun book, excellent for both teens and adults. Cleverly plotted, with warm characters and sharp writing, I wholeheartedly recommend The Time-Marked Warlock to any fans of the fantasy genre.

 

Our thanks to The Write Reads and author Shami Stovall for our copy of The Time-Marked Warlock, provided so we could give an honest review as part of this blog tour. The opinions here are solely those of Scintilla. For other perspectives on this novel, check out the other bloggers on this tour.

 

The Time-Marked Warlock, Shami Stovall

Book Review: The Time-Marked Warlock, Shami Stovall

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