Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Review of Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

Black Dust Mambo is something new set in the sexy, supernatural city of New Orleans. Voodoo, hoodoo and magic abound in this crazy tale about hexes and curses, nomads, vessels, and root doctors.

I love to read just about anything set in New Orleans- this is a city that calls my name. The city itself has such a dark and gritty feel to it sometimes and a story set in this magical place automatically sucks me in.

Magic, sex, mystery, murder, and hot guys abound in this book. One hot guy in particular- and he's one sexy nomad. Too bad is ex-wife is always hanging around.

Anyway the book focuses on Kallie Rivier a cajun hoodoo apprentice with a knack for getting itno trouble and trying to punch her way out. She wakes up one morning in New Orleans in the middle of the magic carnival with a dead guy in her bed. He's been hexed...and the hex was meant for her.

Trouble keeps following her around because someone is determined to kill her. It's a wild ride that keeps you turning the page wanting- needing to know more.

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book however a few things got on my nerves:

I didn't feel the world building was entirely there- I was not sure if the humans understood that real magic existed among them and I never understood exactly who or what the "squatters" were.

Basil Augustine- this guy was a mystery it mentions centuries of existence but then he's downed by a bullet. If he was immortal how did a simple bullet take him down. Odd and not really explained well.

beaucoup- the overuse of this word was starting to jar my nerves

McKenna- she's always referred to as a leprechaun but she talks with a brogue. From the use of the word brogue right down to how the words are pronounced (as written) that tells me she's Scottish- yet leprechauns are Irish. That got on my nerves big time.

But other than those little things that tweaked my bitchometer I zipped fast through this book because I just had to know what was going on and what was going to happen next- and I really wanted to find out if Kallie and a certain sexy nomad were ever going to hook up.

Nope not telling - go read the book.


Jessica said...

Awesome! This is on my TBR list of books I need to buy. Was wondering what other people thought of it too. Glad to hear it was good despite those few little things!

Roxanne Rhoads said...

yes, it was good- a fast paced page turner.

dante2040 said...

Thanks so much for the awesome review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

You're absolutely right about McKenna being Scottish. Most people seemed to think she was Irish, and I couldn't figure out why. But maybe the 'leprechaun' comments are the reason why.

I only had Kallie referring to McKenna as a leprechaun because of her small size, not because of her heritage. Same with referring to her as a pixie. Kallie really had no idea if McKenna was Scottish or Irish and honestly didn't care. LOL.

As for 'squatter', that's a nomad term for city-dwellers or non-nomads.

Most people in Kallie's world don't know any more about magic than the people in our world, which is why they were referred to as the 'switched-off' and why it was stated that the Hecatean Alliance kept magic practitioners safe and the switched-off in the dark. I'll make that more clear in book two. :)

More on Augustine in book two also. He isn't immortal, just long-lived because of magic, so no problem with a bullet bringing him down if he's caught off-guard, but that will be explored more in book two, Black Heart Loa.

Again, great review and great site! Thanks so much!