White Trash Warlock
Author: David R. Slayton
Genre: Fantasy | LGBTQ
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: 13th October 2020
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK
Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone’s week has started off well! It’s my stop on the blog tour for White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton, hosted by The Write Reads. Thank you so much for a copy of the book and a place on the blog tour in exchange for an honest review!
Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam.
Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local magicians dead.
It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart.
The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it.
What I Loved
I have read so many great books already this year and this one is definitely one of them! Despite having a bit of a slow start, I got dragged into the magical/supernatural world and found myself gripped to Adam’s story through to the end. There is a bit of everything in this book: Action, Adventure, Romance, Diverse Characters and Magic. But the author is not afraid to take a dark turn. At times I felt very on edge and I got an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. It’s very rare that a book does that to me.
There is so much to love about this book and I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I did!
We are thrown into the fantasy world straight away, learning that there are other worlds that exist beyond the mortal realm. We see a lot of this through Adam. From Elves, Dragons and Gnomes to possessive spirits and spirit walking, there is plenty to keep you invested and keep turning the pages. Even though he doesn’t have the strongest magical ability, I was surprised by how much he could do and just rooted for him to succeed in this life. Especially after his brother, Robert or Bobby as Adam calls him, had him locked up in a psychiatric facility, with no argument from his Mother.
As well as the massive problem at bay which is Roberts possessed wife, Annie. We get to see Adam spend time with his brother again and you can definitely see the strain on that relationship. I know I dislike Robert and I felt angry at him myself, mainly because of the pain he caused Adam, but I wanted nothing more for them to get along.
Family and relationships play a big part in this book, even touching on the subject of domestic and parental abuse. My heart shattered when reading about the two brother’s past. The descriptions were very detailed and really pulled you into the writing. I just want to make you aware of this if this is a topic that is hard for you to read about.
Adam Binder is an amazing character, he is funny, brave and a lot smarter than he thinks. I couldn’t help but feel the weight he carried on his shoulders. It’s can’t be easy living in an area that is against or not supportive of his sexual orientation. He also thinks that everyone is against him and that he isn’t a good person. But there are countless times he is selfless and kind to his new friends and family.
Robert Binder definitely has a lot of pressure on him to do well and succeed. The more I got to know his character and his back story, the more I started to like him. I’m very excited to see how his character develops in the next book.
Two of my favourite characters were Argent and Silver! We learn a lot about the other realms through these two and I just love how straight forward and blunt they were sometimes. I don’t want to say too much but they bring a lot to the story and I love how important they become to Adam.
I absolutely loved Vicente’s character when he came into it and hoped he would stick around. Luckily he did! It was so lovely to see his relationship with Adam grow and could tell how much happier they both were after meeting. Despite the Supernatural circumstances. I didn’t really know where his character would go and I was in complete shock when I found out! But you will just have to read it and see for yourself!
One thing I loved about some of the main characters is that they were in their 20s. I felt more invested in the characters as they were similar to my own age and it made it really enjoyable as it’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy book with characters this age.
Overall, this is an amazing book filled with magic and mayhem, sure to keep you gripped until the very last page. I couldn’t believe how caught up I got in the spirit world, it was incredibly easy to visualise. I am beyond excited for book two, which is out in October! If you’re looking for a fast-paced fantasy with a dark twist, then I definitely recommend this!
About the Author – David R. Slayton
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK
David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver, Colorado and writes the books he always wanted to read.