Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: To Kill a Warlock

Book Details
Title: To Kill A Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil Series 
Author: H.P. Mallory
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 208
Publishing Info: Createspace, August 25, 2010

My Review 
Why I read it: was asked by the author to read and review it 
The Plot: 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. 
The Characters: Dulcie was a fun character.  Probably the most interesting thing about her is her creative swearing.  Okay, there are plenty of other interesting things.  She's a fairy.  She doesn't have wings, but she does use fairy dust to create pretty much whatever she wants.  The secondary characters are interesting, and you could definitely feel the chemistry between her and Knight. 
The Setting: The setting is nothing special.  There are some interesting places Dulcie visits, for sure, but I can't even remember the town it was set in.  What is interesting is the Netherworld, and that it's like another dimension.  I would like to read some story set there, like maybe Dulcie visits the Netherworld. 
Who Should Read This? Fans of light, fun urban fantasy--those who don't like their stories to take themselves too seriously.
Final Thoughts: This was really a fun, quick read, and I'm glad the author introduced herself and her books to me.  I will definitely read more by this author.  I'd like to continue on with the Dulcie O'Neal series, and I've got another one by her waiting on my e-reader. 
Grade: B
Cover Thoughts: I think the cover is really cute--I like it.  It's different from a lot of other urban fantasy covers, in that there are no half naked women (or men) on the front.


  1. thanks for the review - I saw this the other day on's "e-book deals" section and was debating whether or not to buy it