The Thrice Cursed Mage Book #1
By: J.A. Cipriano
Published: 8th Feb 2016
My name is Mac Brennan and that’s the only thing I can remember about myself. Not why I woke up in a dumpster. Not why my right arm is as black as pitch and covered in glowing red tattoos, and certainly not why a vicious death cult is after me.
Actually, that last part isn’t true. I know why the death cult is after me. It’s because I saved that damned girl from them. I didn’t know who she was at the time, but I’d have done it anyway. I just don’t like it when girls get beat up, call me old fashioned.
Still, I can tell she’s hiding something behind those devilish eyes, and if I want to find out what it is, I’ll have to help her.
My name is Mac Brennan. I have no memory, and I’m a werewolf-hunting, hellfire-flinging version of Faust himself.
(I received this ARC free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. )
I had so much fun reading this book. Right out of the gate I was capture by the stunning detail and the snarky, witty, inner dialogue of our main character. I never imagined reading about a man almost being crushed to death would be so entertaining. The fun doesn't stop there, poor man has to memory and the process of him realizing this was done well. One of my fav line was when he was sure he was in a major city because of the sociopathic behavior of the drivers.
I was impressed with how the story was laid out and the flow. Everything flow seamlessly, every but of detail was connected and nothing was out of place, no awkwardness or sudden WFT moments. I loved all the twists and turns and the journey that our mine was forced to go on to found out not only who he was, but what.
I will say that I wasn't too keen on the love interest, not at first, heck we didn't even get her name right away, and that was to me a little annoying. Not so much for the story itself, I was annoyed because Mac simply didn't ask, even after she offered help. Tisk, tisk. There was also the mystery around her and how she was holding back. I don't get it myself, but I didn't trust her.
I highly recommend this book. It's an original story chalk full of action, mystery and witty banter. Mac (if that is your real name) is by far on my top ten favourite characters list, he made this story. I was hooked from the start, and I can't wait for the next instillment.
When J. A. Cipriano was in second grade, his teacher gave everyone in class a journal to write down whatever they wanted. Their first subject was to write about something they didn't like. J. A. chose to write about why he didn't like writing. His reasoning was simple. He had bad handwriting. Even then, he was destined to be an engineer due to his messy scrawl.
Unfortunately, he found through the course of this little adventure that he actually liked writing. That year was sort of the high point for his writing career because he won a writing contest for the state. He got to go to a big dinner and his teacher was all dressed up.
He kept writing little stories, year after year, and in sixth grade, won another contest. In seventh grade, he broke his arm and got the cast signed by both Dean Koontz and Stan Lee. It is, by far, the coolest cast he's owned. That was about the time he found video games and anime. His writing turned mostly toward fanfiction until about ninth grade when he wrote his first novel, a small book about twenty thousand words called Revelations. In sophomore year, he wrote two more books to complete the trilogy because he saw Star Wars that year and learned trilogies were the cool thing to do.
He rewrote Revelations during his senior year, and his wife swears it is the best thing he's written. J.A. is not so sure. Every time he reads it, he cringes, but then again, he hates everything he writes, so there is that.
It was about that time, he got heavily involved in a fanfiction writing group, but that isn't one hundred percent accurate. It was a world based on a popular anime but everything was created especially for this world. It made it so that every story someone wrote was unique.
Imagine writing a Star Wars novel set 1,000 years after A New Hope, where everything that happened was a distant memory and you get the idea. You have the force, some distant memories of the past, and that's pretty much it.
He wrote about a million words (863K to be exact) for them before he decided to do his own thing. He wrote another novel. He put it in a drawer. He wrote another one that eventually became the basis for The Hatter is Mad. His next novel was Kill It With Magic, his first real novel. It's not bad, but it's bumpy. This is unfortunate because the books get loads better as the series progresses.
Since then, he's written six more novels, four of which are in the Lillim Callina Series, and one in theAbby Banks series. The other is stuck in a drawer for time undetermined. He's writing his next book now which is about werewolves fighting mummies in Ancient Egypt. After that, he will move ontoAbby Banks 2. The Spy Within will come out in June or July.
J.A. also has three chinchillas. Two of them are grey, and because of this, they are named Slate and Cadmium. The third is named Jet because he's black, and Jet is old English for black. See, creative. He also has a cat named Turtle. This does pose problems for his two-year-old from time to time.