Review – To Kill A Warlock


To Kill A Warlock


Dulcie O’Neil #1


H.P. Mallory


Urban Fantasy


The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.
Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.
Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.


2.5stars rating

I liked the world the author described: present-day, an urban fantasy setting and vampires called Bram, shifters, fairies and… well, pretty much everything fantasy, what’s not to like?! We’ve only just scratched the surface, though, as I’m sure we will be going to the Netherworld in the following books.
Scenes and environments were always clear and well detailed.

Character development:

Dulcie, our heroine, is a fairy and a Regulator (think police for supernaturals). When she’s the last person seen with a murder victim, all hell breaks loose, and she’s on the hunt for the murderer. She loves to write, is self-conscience about her ears, and, to be very honest, is pretty rude to people she then uses for her own purpose. I couldn’t like her enough… the way she treated people was downright not okay. And while some of you may be scratching their heads and not recalling any of this behaviour, just reread it and see how she treats Trey or Bram, for example.
So yeah, Dulcie was a no for me…
Then we have Knight, trying to be mysterious and just ending up confusing. I think this can be said for all the characters. The more I think of it, the more I’m like, never mind.

Pacing & Flow:

It was a smooth reading experience, not too much at once, nor did I get bored. There was a good balance between action and conversation.

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. It was clean, with no sex described (if that is important to you).
It has 210 pages, spread over 22 chapters and told from Dulcie’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

I’ve had this book on my list for a while now (2017, lol), but I never got to it. Now that I’ve read book 1, to be honest, I’m pretty sure I won’t be reading the rest of the series. It was superficial, the characters didn’t feel right, and I just couldn’t get into it.