Review – Sinister Magic


Sinister Magic


Death Before Dragons #1


Lindsay Buroker


Urban Fantasy


I’m Val Thorvald, and I’m an assassin.

When magical bad guys hurt people, I take care of them. Permanently.
This doesn’t make me popular with the rest of the magical community—as you can tell from the numerous break-ins and assassination attempts I’ve endured over the years. But thanks to my half-elven blood, a powerful sword named Chopper, and a telepathic tiger with an attitude, I’ve always been able to handle my problems with aplomb. Maybe some cursing and swearing, too, but definitely aplomb.
That changes when my boss is afflicted with a mysterious disease, a government agent starts investigating me, and a godforsaken dragon shows up in the middle of my latest job.
I’ve taken down vampires, zombies, and ogres, but dragons are way, way more powerful. And it doesn’t look like this one is going to like me.
Worse than that, he wants to use his magic to compel me to do his bidding, as if I’m some weak-minded minion.
That’s not going to happen. I’d die before being some dragon’s slave.
But if I can’t figure out a way to avoid him, save my boss, and get rid of the government spook, I’m screwed. Or dead. Or screwed and dead. And that’s never comfortable.


3stars rating

A very short review from me today 🙂
I have to admit… I had some issues getting into the book, but it gradually began to grow on me, ish…

Character development:

Val is a half-elven assassin, she’s 40 years old (hell yeah!), and she takes out all the supernatural trash that’s preying on humans. She uses magical weapons, is decked out in charms (hello Sindari, her tiger familiar, pet, service animal, ally?) and really knows how to kick ass 😀 She’s also very closed off, as she makes a lot of enemies, and she doesn’t want to endanger her family and friends, so she’s in therapy for that.
I really like Val, she has great humour, has a good head on her shoulders and is no damsel in distress.
Things take a bit of a turn when she meets a dragon, Lord Zav, and her boss gets sick.
While Zav is a dragon, and apparently everyone should defer to them, Val loves to needle him every chance she gets 😀
This is, in my opinion, the best bit of the book 😀 Well, that and Sindari.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, though, I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series, as I think there are better books out there.
But still, it was a fun read 🙂