The Curse Merchant

The Curse Merchant Dorian Lake spent years cornering the Balti hex crafting market using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed He keeps his magic clean and free of

  • Title: The Curse Merchant
  • Author: J.P. Sloan
  • ISBN: 9781620075517
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dorian Lake spent years cornering the Balti hex crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed He keeps his magic clean and free of soul corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the eDorian Lake spent years cornering the Balti hex crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed He keeps his magic clean and free of soul corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the esoteric arts in America However, when an unscrupulous Netherworker interferes with both his business and his personal life, Dorian s disarming charisma and hermetic savvy may not be enough to keep his soul out of jeopardy.His rival, a soul monger named Neil Osterhaus, wouldn t be such a problem were it not for Carmen, Dorian s captivating ex lover After two years absence Carmen arrives at Dorian s doorstep with a problem she sold her soul to Osterhaus, and has only two weeks to buy it back Hoping to win back Carmen s affections, Dorian must find a replacement soul without tainting his own As Dorian descends into the shadows of Balti s underworld, he must decide how low he is willing to stoop in order to save Carmen from eternal damnation with the Presidium watching, waiting for him to cross the line.

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    1. The Curse Merchant (The Dark Choir #1) by J.P. Sloan is a darn good read! Dorian works at a shop making hexes and charms, doesn't get into the black stuff, the Netherwork. He wants to keep his soul. His ex-girlfriend comes back into his life with a problem, claims only he can fix, his problems are just starting. He is too kind heartede sold her soul and she wants him to get her out of it. It is really an exciting book and full of twists and turns and great fantasy! Never dull!

    2. There’s nothing quite so clarifying as a gun to the head.After Dorian Lake manages to disarm his disgruntled ex-client, he takes a long, hard look at his life, and he doesn’t like what he sees. Ever since he broke up with the beautiful Carmen, it’s as though he’s been in a fog. He has lost touch with his friends, avoided his club, neglected his tenants, and let his main business--charms and hexes-- collapse into decay. Dorian is determined to reinvent his life, starting with a brand new [...]

    3. In Baltimore, Dorian Lake was once the man to see about charms and hexes. Previously unrivaled in his hermetic business, charm peddler Dorian snaps out of his fog to realize things have changed dramatically from what little he remembers. Dorian has spent the better part of the last two years in the equivalent of a fugue state -- he broke up with what he considered the love of his life, ruining her life in the process, and neglected both his remaining friends and clientele. Luckily, or unluckily, [...]

    4. The Curse Merchant by J P Sloan is a 2014 Curiosity Quills publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Once upon a time I read a lot of Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy novels. I had begun to collect the Dresden files novels here and there with the intention of reading them in order. However, I began to burn out on Urban Fantasy and as a result I never started that series. In fact, I rarely read Urban Fantasy anymore. Apparently there are enough similarities betwee [...]

    5. The Curse Merchant is the first book in this new series by J.P. Sloan. First I have to say that I absolutely loved it! The Story base is very interesting in some people live their life everyday practicing voodoo. The way J.P. describes everything is so accurate I am sure he did a lot of research into the arts. Dorian Lake has spent his time crafting justice using the arts but never ever crossing the line. He knows he is being watched by the council and the minute he steps out of line he knows th [...]

    6. See this and other reviews at To Each Their Own ReviewsThis cover is *spot on,* because Dorian has this worldweary thing going on, as though a weight is pressing down on him right from the start of the book - and it never lets up. A sense of impending doom oozes through each page - it's never entirely clear how Dorian is going to stumble through, well, everything.Mind, Dorian is fantastic. He knows his stuff, but his stuff is quickly established as the very tip of the iceberg. I loved this! I've [...]

    7. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes This book had one of the most refreshing acknowledgements I read for a long time: I'd like to the City of Baltimore for being creepy enough to inspire this series.Note: I've never been to Baltimore so I can't comment on that. Another thing I won't be doing is comparing this series to the Dresden Files. I've heard about it, of course, but I've never read the books (yet). Come to think about it, I haven't read that much urban fantasy all together. This [...]

    8. If you are looking for a book that manages to engage on every level, brings a different approach and attitude to the working of magic and ancient forces, and has a main character with heart and integrity – this is the book for you. Dorian is a practitioner who crafts charms and hexes in the city of Baltimore. His hexes and charms are fueled by karma – karma of the recipient of the charm, and can work for good or bad depending on the personal history of the charm recipient. Through a series o [...]

    9. I started off on this book wondering if it would hold my attention. First chapter felt a little sluggish, but I held on because it definitely wasn't bad. Oh, but I am glad I did. Little did I know that the next day I would be well into the second book in this series, and raving about it to anyone who would listen. My friend who swears by Jim Butcher? Hey, you HAVE to read this. My co-worker who loves Kim Harrison? Buy it now! It not only is on par with some of the more well recognized greats, I [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this urban fantasy novel! Dorian sells hexes and charms to select clients and avoids shady Netherwork, but is unavoidably dragged into it when he learns his ex-girlfriend's soul is in the hands of his rival.This is a page-turning read with great characters and an excellent series set-up - I thought the paranormal aspect was unique in the genre. Fans of the Dresden Files series are sure to enjoy The Curse Merchant!

    11. J.P. Sloan successfully created my favorite kind of magical story, one that could be real. Dorian's magic was so well thought out and grounded in reality, Dorian could actually exist out there somewhere. If I have any complaint it's that the guy on the cover makes me sad. He really needs a nap. :) Looking forward to the sequel!

    12. Fun new urban fantasy. Really enjoying the world building so far. Seems interesting and unique, with lots of room for depth and growth. The characters didn't start winning me over until about halfway through the book, but that's typical for series like this. Will definitely read the next one.Recommended for fans of Dresden, though I think The Dark Choir actually starts out stronger than the Files. Note: The version I have has different cover art, quite nice. The cover art on the version here is [...]

    13. The Curse Merchant, as far as I can tell, is the first published novel by J.P. Sloan, and it is the first part of the Dark Choir series, which promises to comprise of six parts, made up by two trilogies: The Curse trilogy and the Dark trilogy.The Dark Choir series follows the life of Dorian Lake, an hex and charms merchant who gets embroiled into the dark side of magic, despite his best efforts.The publishers describe the series as follows:"Down each dark alley, in the city basements, in the sha [...]

    14. The Curse Merchant, J.P. SloanReview from jeannie zelos book reviewsGenre: Sci-fi, fantasy, paranormalDorian, he has this kind of careworn, cynical front going on, but as we get to know the man behind the facade we see he’s really a genuinely nice guy, he’s ready to help people – not just because it’s his job and they’re paying him, but because he really wants to make their lives better. He stays on the side of “clean” magic, that which depends on the goodness or otherwise of the u [...]

    15. What I liked: Normally stories are seen from the eyes of the people with good intentions, and that's where this one differed originally. Dorian isn't all that much of a "good guy," he does some pretty nasty stuff that he believes is okay to do since what he does is "karmatic balance" to the people his clients want hexed. So that right there was something that made me much more interested in reading this book when I realized that though he may consider himself a "good guy" that he's really not. H [...]

    16. What’s a little magic and mayhem without some fun! I love that Dorian’s little charms are based on karma… That is, to be exact, the karma of the person buying them for use! So let me just say, if you have some seriously bad karma coming up on you, maybe you might want to steer clear! LOL I thought that this was so fresh and surprising. No one has really written that yet. I also love Dorian’s wit and quirky attitude. Dorian’s on a mission to help retrieve a soul of an “old friend”- [...]

    17. Hellbound Heart?•••NOT for the homophobic, transphobic, closedminded, or feint of heart!•••This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read The Curse Servant!Dorian is just lost. No matter what he does or where he looks his brain just refuses to focus It's like living in a fugue state, almost And on top of that are the crippling migraines he feels whenever he looks at something wrong or thinks just a little too hard. Suffice it to say he can't remember [...]

    18. *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.Dorian Lake has spent the last two years in a fog. Neglecting everything and everyone in his life seems really off to him, but he brushes it aside and attempts to get his life out of neutral. Things have been happening while he’s been lollygagging around and as he starts picking up clients for his hexes and charms again he begins to realize how much he’s missed. Why can’t he remember? When his ex-girlfriend comes to [...]

    19. review soon; Blog Tour Stop Jan. 1Review of The Curse Merchant by J. P. Sloan5 starsI almost am at a loss for words to describe this so excellent novel. Suspension of disbelief was immediate and unconscious: accepting “our” consensus reality as one in which magic is rather widely practiced, accepted, and utilized as a personal, professional, and politicial tool, was simple. I never had to stop to think “Hey, is this real?” because it just was REAL. The evolution and revelation of charact [...]

    20. I was gifted a copy of this book in return for my honest review, and as a part of the Curiosity Quills Tour. I have to say, fans of Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" will probably love this series!Dorian is a wise-cracking hexes and charms merchant (not curses!), who we meet whilst he has a gun to his head. Understandably, he has to explain just what it is he does, and his explanations for how his karmic justice works sold me. How cool would it be to help karma along when someone you know has wronge [...]

    21. Review also on jolasbookshelf.wordpress'The Curse Merchant' is an excellent urban fantasy novel, one with a compelling plot and the main character that I came to love within the first chapter. I enjoyed the writing style that made me kept turning the pages. Dorian's hex bussiness was very interesting and I'll wait eagerly to find out what will happen next. It's a shame that the second book in this series is not out yet!Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press for sending me an ebook in exchange for an h [...]

    22. Grabbed this while looking for something fun and fast. Turns out I couldn't read it fast enough! Action, humor, and all that magic, I'm more than pleased to have found this tale and am very anxious to read more of what Dorian will face next. A well told Urban Fantasy indeed and a prime example why this is one of my favorite genres.

    23. Interesting new take on the genrePicked this up out of curiousity. Glad I did. Dorian is a hex and charm slinger having a bad day. His day, hs week is about to get so much worse. Mr Sloan's take on the genre is fresh, fast paced and filled with enough esoterica to prove he did his research. A name to watch and a series to read.

    24. Mystical mystery in Baltimore I don't generally care for antiheroes, or would-be heroes who turn to evil means even for good purposes (the ends do NOT justify the means, guys!), but Dorian Lake is a peculiarly charming antihero, a strange mix of cynicism and naivete, brashness and cluelessness, and even though he makes some truly repulsive choices over the course of the novel, somehow one keeps rooting for him to get his act together and figure things out.The story moves along at a good pace, ne [...]

    25. It took awhile for me to get into this book. Dorian is not the kind of guy you want to like and that is part of the point of the book (I think) but it is still hard to read sometimes. In the end I did end up enjoying the story and most of the other characters. It definitely reminded me of Dresden but it is also very much NOT the Dresden stories. Dorian is an orphan, trained by an older practitioner who was knowledgeable in the dark arts but Dorian doesn't touch it. His mouth gets him into more t [...]

    26. Enjoyed RTC!Moderator Pick (Mine) for Group Read November 2017 with Fallen Into Tijan Books

    27. Dorian Lake was the prime mover in Baltimore’s hex and charm market. He was very much in demand for bringing his own version of karmic justice (for a fee, of course) and very careful to make sure that his magic never strays across the moral line for his own soul - and to make sure the Presidium doesn’t pay too close attentionBut that was 2 years ago. For the last 2 years he has let a lot go - and now he’s started paying attention again he roughly finds his position has been usurped. And he [...]

    28. eARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for fair reviewReview can be found on my blog: Fantasy FindingsCharacter counts.If it sounds like I've been harping on this concept for my past few reviews, it's because yet again, I have another book that proves just how important character development really is. When I started this book, it didn't quite grab me, the story wasn't quite there. I kept reading though, and then all of the sudden I was hooked. And I had Dorian to thank for it. Dorian is th [...]

    29. The Curse Merchant follows Dorian Lake, a 35 year old man with an unusual occupation. He creates hexes and charms for a living, preferably wielded through Karma.After a particular scare, he finds himself shaken out of his rut and decides to seek out old friends and pick up his life again. Then his ex Carmen comes to him for help of the Paranomal kind.She has managed to sell her soul and Dorian may be her only hope of getting it back. Not only that, but she sold it to a practitioner who is curren [...]

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