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Book #1 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a new contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective hunts a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona.Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste—a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to sBook #1 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a new contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective hunts a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona.Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste—a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon—which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims’ eyes with magic.  Now the victims are piling up, including the daughter of a senator, and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again. There’s only one clue he’s got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn’t watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics....

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Spell Blind Reviews

  • Bookwraiths
    2018-11-05 16:32

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsUrban fantasy is not a genre I’m well read in. Anyone who casually scans my usual book choices can ascertain as much. But in the last year, I’ve tried to change that by reading the first Harry Dresden novel Storm Front, as well as Hounded and a few short stories set in Hearne’s The Iron Druid Universe. I mention that so that you know I do have a couple Urban Fantasy books to compare Spell Blind to, and in my opinion, this first installment of the Justis Fearsson series really stacked up well against them.Spell Blind tells the story of Justis Fearsson, former investigator with the Phoenix, Arizona police force and current private investigator. But, naturally, there is more to Justis that it appears; in reality, he is a weremyste!In this world, weremystes are a unique form of werewolf. They appear perfectly normal, act perfectly normal, and don’t seem to turn all hairy on certain nights. What makes them extraordinary is their magical ability, which depends on the moon for its power. The only drawback to the magic is that when the moon becomes full weremystes basically go insane. All semblance of reality fleeing them even as they reach their maximum magical apex.Justis is no exception to this curse. But like his father before him, the magic means too much for him to take the drugs that would let him lead a normal life. The specter of its lose nearly as terrifying to him as the dementia and Alzheimer-like symptoms it finally inflicted upon his father. Plus, Justis really needs the magic to continue to do his job?But why does a P.I. need magic, you ask?Well, normally, Justis doesn’t – the insurance claims and adulterous spouse cases not requiring anything other than his law enforcement skills, but occasionally, he finds himself mixed up in crimes that defy explanation, called in as a consultant by his former partner, Kona Shaw, to aid Phoenix P.D. in their ongoing investigations. And since Kona is the only person other than his father who knows his secret – and because he really needs the money – Justis takes on these cases, utilizing his magical powers to aid his previous employer. And as Spell Blind begins that is exactly what is transpiring. You see, before his termination from the force, Justis and Kona were investigators on the worst serial killer case in Phoenix history. An especially nasty murderer who preyed on troubled teens and college students, burned out their eyes while torturing them, and always dumped their bodies in the desert. The gruesome nature of the deaths caused the local media to dub the assailant the Blind Angel Killer. And though Justis never got close to apprehending this psycho, he always suspected the killings had something to do with magic but could never prove it.Fast forward to now. There has been another Blind Angel murder. This time the daughter of an immensely powerful state politician has been found tortured, blinded, and dead in the desert. The Feds have been called in to find the killer and do it fast. But Phoenix P.D. wants to apprehend him first, so that they will not be labeled incompetent, and soon Justis finds his phone ringing. But even as he agrees to help Kona Shaw out, he wonders if his weremyste powers are strong enough to deal with exactly what he is stepping into?Overall, Spell Blind was a really solid Urban Fantasy story. It had all the requisite elements: urban setting, supernatural creatures, magic, romantic entanglements, and mysterious plots. And David B. Coe weaves all of them together into a seamlessly entertaining novel that is never dull, constantly develops its characters, deftly reveals its mysteries, and wraps things up with a nice, realistic ending. Without a doubt, it is pure Urban Fantasy fun. Really.The only criticism I could cast on the book is that it isn’t brimming with originality. I mean, even I (a UF newbie) have read and seen UF characters similar to those presented here, plots close to this one, and magical creatures related to weremystes, so none of the elements themselves surprised me. So if a perspective reader comes to Spell Blind searching for some re-invention of the Urban Fantasy formula, I could see them being sorely disappointed by this novel.With that negative aside, however, I really enjoyed this first installment of the Justis Fearsson series. As I mentioned earlier, it was pure page turning fun, and I fully intend to pick up the next book to see what adventures have been sprung upon my favorite weremyste P.I..Baen Publishing and Netgalley provided this book to me for free in return for an honest review. The review above was not paid for or influenced in any way by any person, entity or organization, but is my own personal opinions.

  • Jim
    2018-11-12 18:32

    I know Coe as a fantasy author, but found this urban fantasy pretty good, a 3.5 star read that I'll bump since it's the first of a series & my wife liked the second book even more. The system of magic is interesting, if rather obscure. The murder mystery was pretty good, too. The characters were well done.I had a little trouble suspending my belief over the way the other characters handle magic. They're a bit too dense too often, but that was my biggest complaint. On the plus side, the way magic's mental anguish was aligned with the moon cycle & compared to alcoholism was very good. It's quite a quandary. Excellent.I'll definitely read more in this series.

  • Jeffrey
    2018-11-04 21:29

    David Coe's latest novel is Spellblind, another murder mystery set in a urban fantasy setting. Justis Fearsson is a weremyste, a wizard who suffers psychosis attacks during the three days of the full moon. Fearson used to be a cop, before his episodic breakdowns forced him from the police force. Fearsson is still learning about his powers and his runecrafting or spellcasting. His teacher is Namid, an otherworldly and ghostly runemyste, from the counsel of weremystes. Now he makes his living as a private investigator finding lost kids, but he still has friends on the force, like his ex-partner Kona Shaw. The fact that Fearsson has episodic breaks with reality is an interesting built in conceit, but seems added to the story to make being a weremyste that much harder. It forms a central element of the story hindering Fearsson's relationships, life and taking a toll on his father as well. After finding a missing girl, Fearsson receives a call from Shaw. A serial killer who killed 30 people that Shaw and Fearsson had been tracking before Fearsson was forced off the force has struck again. Shaw, who knows about Fearsson's powers wants him to examine the murder scene to see if it bears the killer's magical signature. Unlike most of the victims of the killer, this victim is important because her father is a powerful Senator.Fearsson gets hired by an aide to the Senator to investigate the case from the outside. The killer, another weremyste seems to be getting stronger as he kills. Fearsson uncovers clues to the mysterious killer by tracking down other magic users. Namid also helps because the killer seems to be targeting Fearsson, so Coe gets to show how Fearsson trains to use his magic.While investigating, he gets involved with a pretty blogger. Is she the one, or just using him for a story.The story has a few red herrings as the cops capture someone, who they want to believe is the killer, but is not.Soon the killer is after Fearsson, who will have the battle of his life to stop him. He will have to harness his growing power to battle the much stronger wizard.While Fearsson is an interesting character, battling the demons of his weremyste life, some of the plot twists did not work for me. The killer toys with Fearsson in one scene, and a woman dies in another. More importantly the end confrontation did not ring true.Spellblind is a good start to this urban fantasy story, but in this over-saturated field, Coe will need to up his game to hook more readers to his latest series.

  • BookLoversLife
    2018-10-26 18:24

    This was such an awesome book!! I absolutely flew through the pages and didn't want it to end. Justis is an amazing character. He is strong, smart but also flawed. He is an ex cop turned private eye. He is also a weremyste. He is called by his ex partner one night to come and help with a high profile case. When he gets there he realises that it's another Blind Angel kill because he can see the magical signature left behind. He was working the case before he was fired and they have been looking for the culprit for nearly 3 years now. Every month at the same time he strikes, Justis knows, he hasn't long left before the killer will strike again.What I loved most about the book was the lore. The author has created a unique and fantastic world and one I loved being in. The whole idea of the weremystes was fascinating. Weremystes are magic users but with a difference. They can do magic all the time but when the moon is full they turn crazy for those 3 days. The moon changes them into something unreliable and dangerous. They loose their mind even though they are at their strongest, magic wise, for those 3 days. That was the reason Justis lost his job, because for 3 nights out of a month, he was gone. I also loved Namid. He trains Justis in the use of magic, but he is a kind of ghost!! See, fascinating ;)The plot was really fast paced as well. The Blind Angel killer has been killing for years but they never had a lead, until now. The killer kills with magic and the victims are left with their eyes burnt out. How can you stop a killer when, with every kill, he gets stronger??Anyway, overall I loved Spell Blind. It's one of those gems that, when you start you don't expect much, but as you read it just blows you away! I flew through the book, which at over 350 pages is a feat, and loved every word. I can not wait for more from this world and Justis!! Roll on book 2.

  • MsBDiamondDiva1
    2018-11-08 16:26

    I am not going to lie, I feel like I should have been paid to have read this. Not that it was totally bad, but it should never be compared to the Dresden Files! I do believe that the author mirrored some of the key "jewels" of the Dresden Files. The story was like a middle school read. You know how you use to take lunch outside on the steps reading a book and you have the "cheese sandwich" smell wafting out of the school! Yep, this is a cheesy read! Justis didn't whine as much as a lot of reviews said but he was too one dimensional to make me even like or listen to him. I kept find myself wonder what I would cook for dinner or which class I was going to do at the gym! That is how boring he is. The supporting characters are just as bad and lack any kind of emotion at all! Well, maybe his ex-partner; what’s her name….yep….nope. See that is how I feel about all the characters, they are forgettable and lacking layers! And the falling in love part was werid also, they fall in love very quick and even that was dry!!! The plot was will predictable and again missing something. The only really good thing about this book was mist part (or however you spell it). I might give this series another try, but haven’t decided yet

  • Diana Francis
    2018-10-31 16:33

    I love David's books anyhow, but this was truly different for him. It's a mystery and urban fantasy and a bit of a police procedural. I like the characters, the fact that they were well-developed, likeable and flawed. I am looking forward to learning more of how the magic works, about Justis' dad, about weremystes in general, and I'm looking forward to Justis making progress in his life, now that's he's embraced certain things, and also see how he manages as he grows stronger.

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    2018-11-07 22:48


  • Chris
    2018-10-25 16:28

    Good urban fantasy about a former cop turned PI whose magical abilities come with a price - a price that cost him his job as a cop.

  • T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
    2018-10-20 16:49

    I knew I was going to enjoy this book within the first couple of pages; with a hiatus for doing work, I stayed up late to finish it.Justis (Jay) Fearsson is an ex-cop turned PI, and his ability to do magic is not only an advantage in his line of work, but also the reason why he's ex-, rather than just cop. Magic has a pretty steep price, but Fearsson is willing to pay it, and keep paying.A serial killer who is also a powerful weremyste (sorcerer) is on the loose, killing a person every moon. Fearsson worked the case while he was a cop; his ex-partner, still on the case, needs his input when there is a new murder. The action plays out over a few days, with much excitement and danger, and an increasing awareness that Fearsson is in way over his head (of course, it wouldn't be a very exciting novel if he wasn't). Fearsson's love interest, I liked. Other reviewer(s) didn't, but I found her to be exactly the sort of woman who would do well with him: smart, driven, honourable, and not willing to take any crap from him or anyone else, but also capable of having fun. She's got her own priorities, and (thank you, David B. Coe) she doesn't gratuitously interfere in Fearsson's investigation or put herself or him in danger through being an idiot. (view spoiler)[I really hope they manage to stay together. (hide spoiler)]For that matter, Fearsson's ex-partner, Kona (nicknamed after the coffee, because that's what she always drinks) Shaw, was another great character. One thing I particularly appreciated was that Coe has a gay black policewoman without waving a big flag saying "Hey! Diversity credentials!" Kona is who she is, and the most important thing about her is that she's a really good policewoman and a really good friend to Fearsson - not her race or her sexuality, which are very much in the background. She's in the book to do her job, not to be a representative character.Coe also managed the ending very well. I was wondering how he would do it, given how deep the doo-doo was in which Fearsson was swimming/drowning. (view spoiler)[Since there's a second book in the series, it's obvious that he must survive - but how? The way Coe did it, in the end, I found was very satisfying - no massive stroke of luck, no sudden wild inspiration, "It's a million-to-one chance but it might just work..." Just... a good way of doing it. (hide spoiler)]So, all in all, an excellent start to a series. I'm going to start reading the second book, His Father's Eyes, which just came out recently. I want to know what happens next...

  • Mayda
    2018-11-09 14:30

    Justis Fearsson always wanted to be cop, but because of circumstances beyond his control, he is kicked off the force and becomes a private investigator. What he can’t control is his actions for a three-day period around the time of the full moon. He is a weremyste, a person who can do magic, but magic with a price. He goes a bit insane around the time of the full moon, and indeed, some day, it may become a permanent thing. He has a teacher, a superior being who can help him hone his craft. But he has a long way to go and he is short on time. A serial killer, who also is magical, is loose in Phoenix, and Justis wants to stop him before he kills again. This gripping tale is well crafted with fascinating characters in an intricate plot. This novel has it all – suspense, mystery, romance, and intrigue, and they are all blended and balanced together. It’s like magic.

  • Robert
    2018-11-05 15:32

    I liked this book a great deal. I'm still relatively new to Mr. Coe and his work, but I'll definitely be reading more of it.The book didn't slow down with too much description of the magic system, but it did explain things nicely.Justis Fearsson is a likeable protagonist. You root for him from the very beginning.I'm looking forward to the next book to see what new supporting characters he introduces.

  • Amy Hoodock
    2018-11-05 15:41

    This is the first book in a new series by an excellent author. The protagonist is a weremyste (a werewolf who is also a sorcerer) private investigator. I was a little leery at first because I'm not real into werewolves and the gore that usually follows, but this had a compelling plot that kept me going even when some gore showed up. Another interesting and fun read by David Coe.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-24 21:39

    A fun urban fantasy with an interesting protagonist (a weremyste, whose magical powers wax and wane with the moon, with some unpleasant side effects). I particularly liked Justis's interactions with his friends and family--the sense of him being grounded in the milieu gave the story an added energy. I look forward to reading more in the series.

  • LN
    2018-11-09 20:44

    I've been reading this book in between working on my own editing, so have picked it up and put it down over the last several weeks. Things I liked: the pacing, how the backstory and info about the characters was revealed, the premise/storyline (I really like the premise). I liked also that - although this is a series - this was a stand-alone book, not a cliff-hanger. Even so, it set everything up so that when you start the second book you'll have an idea of things that could happen without knowing for sure how it'll end up. And I'm really looking forward to reading the second book, His Father's Eyes.

  • Tina Myers
    2018-10-18 14:50

    For fans of Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid series and Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. David B. Coe’s protagonist Justis Fearsson is the best of a long line of Private Detectives stretching back to MacDonald and Hammett with just enough of a magical twist to keep the world interesting and just enough flawed humanity to make you wish he was your friend.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-29 15:28

    David B. Coe is an author who never disappoints when it comes to telling stories. His blend of magic, detective work, and the mythos of the were- is wonderful. I'm not usually one for political or police genre, but he did a very good job and I cannot wait for the next installment.

  • Alston Antony
    2018-10-14 19:41

    This was solid book and the pages passed very quickly for me. This series consist a great set of characters & also excellent story line too.Definitely interested in seeing where will the story goes from book 1 and will defintely continue to read the series.Simply 5/5.

  • Alana McCool
    2018-10-30 14:43

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. It have a lot of interesting characters, really interesting magic system, and good writing. I started and I did not stop until I finished.

  • Patrick
    2018-10-17 21:33

    Not bad. It got better toward the end. Sort of similar to the Dresden Files series, but I enjoy the limitations of this world a bit better. It makes it harder to jump the shark.

  • Erin Penn
    2018-11-11 19:53

    Would you use magic if it slowly drove you mad? How about if the-brink-of insanity was your constant companion once a month, like really bad PMS, but pills could control the pain and damage - although you lose your magic? Would you take the medicine or magic with the monthly lunacy?This question faces ex-cop Justis Fearsson constantly, even when a serial murderer returns and ups the stakes. Spell Blind is an urban fantasy with solid storytelling and character development from David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson.The beginning third of the book has some editing issues (discussed in the goodread version of this review), but then things clear up and the power of the narrative takes over.****Editing issues (for those who care): Repeats. A. Close repeat of word usage - example p.12 "mostly" and p.13 "Mostly" - back-to-back paragraphs. I remember another annoyed me last night - I completed p. 93 of 307 before going to bed. So not bad, but not good.b. Repeat world-info - things like "most people know magic exists, but aren't comfortable with it" (at least three times); "each magus has a unique color code" p. 9 and p. 37; "magic lingers in reverse of power" ... etc. While I can see repeating it once or twice in a book to remind people who put the book down, three repeats are not needed in the first third of the book. Tighter content editing would have resolved this. The repeats slowed down the pace.c. Tell-Show - The reason why "b. Repeat world-info" is worse than first glance is it is a "tell vs. show" issue. I can see doing the first telling, letting us know how the world works - but thereafter having the reminder happen through showing would work just fine. For example the first instance of looking for the unique color signature and finding the tan/beige and in his head explaining what he was looking for is okay. The second instance should have just been "the crimson signature I came to know so well during the case, but fading faster than ever", and moved on., like Mr. Coe did with the third instance of discovering the yellow tinge on the blade during training. Yep - three times in the first third of the book. Important info making his world unique, but three repeats removes all the fizz from the urban fantasy, making it flat.The editing issues brought down the book a star and the flatness another star.2nd part - finished reading the book and I had no issues with the other 2/3 of the manuscript.****Side thought - Women with mental issues face the "pill or insanity" question a lot while pregnant, as many pills which can control their depression/manic/whatever also can cause birth defects or medicine-induced abortions. Do they want to be a insane mother with a healthy child or a sane human with a dead fetus? Not an easy question or answer for them. I really liked seeing this question addressed with due consideration and respect in Spell Blind.

  • Peter
    2018-10-16 16:53

    Spell Blind is the first in a new series by David B. Coe entitled The Case Files of Justis Fearsson. I’ve first came across Coe’s epic fantasy series, The Lon Tobyn Chronicles, Winds of the Forelands, and Blood of the Southlands. The titles do not do justice (pun intended) to these series. Each is well-crafted, but imaginative. A few years ago, Coe departed from that genre to write a historical fantasy series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. Written under the pen name D.B. Jackson, The Thieftaker Chronicles reflects solid research into the time and the city while introducing an element of magic that offers his protagonist the ability to solve mysteries, but always at a price.The Case Files of Justis Fearsson is yet another departure. Set in modern day Phoenix, the protagonist in this series is a weremyste––a man whose blood enables him to cast spells, but again at a high price. Fearsson not only becomes incapacitated during full moons, but is in danger of going completely mad.The challenge to any author launching a fantasy series is to explain the critical elements of the world he has imagined while telling a rip-roaring story so that readers want to come back for books two and three. Coe does a very nice job spacing the discriptive, but necessary backstory throughout the book, while building towards the inevitable conflict that pits him against an extremely evil and powerful opponent.I loved that Coe set this series in Phoenix, a city that seems to offer so many opportunities a writer can exploit from the desert setting to high society to neighborhoods where the police fear to tread. My only quibble with Coe is his choice of Fearsson’s love interest, a woman whose backstory seemed cliched and whose station in life suggests she’d have little interest in a ex-cop with “psychological” problems.Volume two of this series, His Father’s Eyes, came out this summer as did volume three of The Thieftaker series. I look forward to both.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-31 17:49

    I had this one for a while before I started reading it, because there were a bunch of other approved ARCs I had to read, etc. Then I finally opened it, and...I wasn't blown away, but I kept reading. The author presents us with our world, just a little removed--magic is real, though most people don't give it much thought. Our protagonist is a weremyste--a wizard all the time, but a crazy, hallucinogenic, more powerful wizard during the three days of the full moon. I felt like this aspect of magic wasn't dealt with all that well--essentially weremystes turn into hermits during the full moon, or they might hurt someone (or themselves). Obviously this isn't good for a career or a relationship, but we really only see one example of how the moon affects Justis. It's a good example, with plenty of magic and peril, but I feel like it could have been explored more. The writing is punchy and the story flows well. The characters aren't terribly well described, but each one does have a personality and represent a diverse swath of humanity. Some squeamish types will note a few gruesome deaths. There's some fun dialogue and a few bits about mental health and medication.There are plenty of private investigator-types in urban fantasy, and Justis isn't all that different from, say, Harry Dresden in that series' first book. I enjoyed reading this one, but I didn't find it hard to put it down in favor of another game of Spellfall. I do want to know what happens next for Justis and his just-magic-of-normal world, though the author will have to give us another whopper of an antagonist to bring this series up to Dresden's level. If you're craving similar urban fantasy-mystery, give this a shot.Received as a free digital ARC via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Koeur
    2018-11-02 14:44 BaenPublishing Date: January 2015ISBN: 9781476780245 Genre: FantasyRating: 2.7/5Publisher Description: Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste—a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon—which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again.Review: I am at a loss as to how to rate this. I had a good time reading it but was never enthralled or riveted to the pages. The writing is good but the story line didn’t really leap off the pages. Douche (Justis) is really speshul. You know why? His ghost teacher Namid tells him all the time. “You are more powerful than you think…..BOO!” or some such shjt. This novel also embraces the current cliché’s that writers quickly utilize in hopes of garnering praise from progressive shit wits. Lesbian cop, hottie (liberal) love interest, crazy but lovable Dad and evil sorcerer(s). The story line and plot were pretty good and some of the characters were interesting and believable. The magic is unique coupled with the issues (psychosis) that is part of the gift. Hopefully the next novels in the series embrace a gut wrenching and gritty story-line that embraces movement over dialogue wallowing. One can only hope that Billie gets eaten by a werebeastie in the next novel and a new love interest rises out of the glop.

  • Brian Palmer
    2018-10-25 15:26

    This was a really good urban fantasy; my only qualms were around some of the world building. It focuses on Justis Fearsson, ex cop and current private investigator, who has to deal with being a weremyste -- magicians who go through psychotic breaks in the days right around a full moon. This association between magic and mental illness leads to magic being a somewhat stigmatized belief; while it's kind of acknowledged, none of it is in the open, and nobody admits to being a practitioner. Indeed, many take drugs that block both the psychosis and the magic. Justis is not willing to do that, so instead he deals with a monthly visitor that eventually drove him off the force and into working for himself.This story is focused around a serial killer whom Justis had been trying to track down before leaving the force -- the killer leaves no clues besides burned out eyes and (invisible to non-magic users) signs of magic. Really powerful magic. At least when he quit, it was somebody else's job as the killer continues ... but then the killer killed the daughter of a very rich and powerful man, and Justis got pulled back in.The book felt like a very competent procedural ... Justis and his ex-partner ran around, investigating and talking to suspects, and it felt mostly satisfying. However, the world felt a little undeveloped; in some ways, people acknowledge magic and in other ways, they're exactly as skeptical as in our world. There seems to be no real reason for magic to be so little public ; the mental illness stigma doesn't ring true to me, given the numbers of magic users and the reliability of what they can do. And 'weremyste' , 'runemyste', blood of the 'runeclave' ... I couldn't help but snicker every time I saw the words used.

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-24 17:41

    A great introduction to a series and an engaging main character and support staff. If you enjoy the Dresden Files and would like something along the same lines (private investigator, uses magic to get things done, has a friend in the police force, is despised by some in the same police force, is something of a loose cannon, and he saves the day, and even has a peculiar magical sidekick/teacher), this is a series for you. What's different is that where some of Butcher's characters take multiple books to round out, with Spell Blind, you're given a few very important and complex characters that do some heavy lifting in the story. It's not all about Justis Fearsson, and he isn't a superhero. His support staff is more than just window dressing and cheerleaders for his heroism. This is important to me, as a reader.I enjoyed this as an audiobook -- the narrator, Bronson Pinchot, should be familiar to fans of this format who are also into urban fantasy. He does an incredible job delivering incredibly believable characters with a lot of depth, and he's got a fantastic way of bringing them to life.One thing I found deeply moving is Justis' relationship with his dad, a former cop. Coe deftly handles the character's mental illness with sensitivity, and, somehow, he imbues it with a realism that's at times both humorous and tragic in its depths. Some of the most engaging scenes in the novel involved the interactions between the two characters and I appreciated the deftness with which he addressed it. It was not heavy-handed, nor did it pander to stereotypes.Looking forward to the next installment in the series.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-10 18:48

    The story was told competently enough. There wasn't a whole that was new, but then that is a challenge in the urban fantasy genre these days. That it is the magic users that are "weres" and go crazy around the full moon, rather than werewolves, was an interesting twist. The mystery was fairly straightforward but hung together well enough. The reason for my less than enthusiastic rating was the main character. He clearly bitterly regrets being forced to resign from the police force, as being a cop is a key part of his identity. However, the reason he had to resign is that he won't take the drugs to suppress his magical powers, because that is also a key part of his identity. Then, having decided to give up being a cop so he can keep his magic, he refuses to work as hard as he can to develop his magical skills. Instead, he spends a lot of time feeling sorry for himself as he can't have everything he wants. I just wanted to grab him by the scruff of the neck and tell him to make a choice, either way - I don't care, just make a choice, commit fully to it and quit whining.He also is haunted by the case of the Blind Angel killer that he couldn't solve while still on the force. This serial killer is still at large, and is now after him. However, he has no trouble putting the investigation on hold while he goes out on a date. The love interest is supposed to be smart, which makes me wonder what on earth she is doing dating him.

  • Maxine
    2018-11-04 19:45

    Justis Fearsson is a private investigator. He is also a weremyste with some fairly formidable magical abilities. Unfortunately, these abilities come with some fairly nasty side effects like he tends to lose his mind during a full moon, a problem which led to him having to leave the police force and which will likely become permanent. When he is hired to look into the death of the daughter of a prominent politician, he begins to see similarities to an unsolved case from his time on the force, the Blind Angel murders. But the deeper he digs, it becomes apparent that the perpetrator has his own magical abilities and they put Justis’ to shame. Worse, the perp always seems to be one step ahead and is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way and that includes Justis. Spell Blind by author David Coe is a pretty decent urban fantasy. It starts out a bit slow and I found the romance part somewhat distracting– I mean, will someone explain to me the whole ‘we just met so I think I love you’ thing because it seems to be a requisite part of way too many urban fantasies – but that’s just me and I tend to be a bit of a curmudgeon. Anyway, put that aside and once I got into the book, I quite enjoyed it. It has a good storyline, an interesting magic system, and Justis is a likeable character. If you’re a fan of Jim Butcher or if you like Coe’s other fantasy books, this one should be right up your alley.

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-29 19:42

    I listened to an audio version of this book and enjoyed it. If you could give partial stars this book would have actually gotten 3.5 stars. Good but not great. What put it to 4 stars was that it was good enough for me to purchase the next in the series. I am not sure I can articulate why the lower rating because I did enjoy the book and the narrator's performance was really good, but there wasn't times that I drove longer to just finish listening or put in ear buds to listen outside of my car instead of just during my commute. I think this is more common with audible books because it is harder for a reader to pinpoint exactly what reverberated with them. The only thing I can state is although I liked the main character, I didn't really feel empathy for him. He made many 'bad' decisions based on faulty logic and since he wasn't really portrayed as an overly emotional person throughout the book, the reliance on emotions in making the decisions rang false for me. There didn't seem to be much attempt to fully flesh out Red either. He was just a cardboard cut-out of a bad guy.

  • Peter Kalin
    2018-11-06 17:31

    Good urban fantasy is difficult to find, or so that's been my experience as I wait for the Dresden files to continue. Much of what I've been to find is romance in disguise and just not my cup of tea, or else just not that well written.Coe is a competent craftsman at prose, so that puts him a very big leg up on his 'competition' and that is very important to me. To much of what I've seen in the last decade of all fantasy is poorly written and has turned me away from it as my primary reading genre. Coe adds nothing particularly new here - we have a private detective, former cop, who is trying to manage the side effects of his magical abilities as he hunts down a sorcerous villain while dating a nosy reporter with daddy issues. It all works though. The protagonist is likable, if a bit slow on the uptake and the reporter begins to take shape as a human being as the novel progresses.Not Shakespeare, not even Jim Butcher, but definitely recommended.

  • Will
    2018-11-14 20:39

    Loved it.Urban Fantasy at its best. I mean, I've only read a half dozen series, and this is only ONE book, but it was a great one. Coe brings the same kind of...feel to magic in this that he does with the Thieftaker books, albeit to a modern setting. Don't get me wrong, there are parts of the plot that seemed a bit short-sighted, characters that were stubborn, things that worked out almost magically (pun intended), but it all blended together very nicely in the end. For the most part, everything that needed explained (magic, terms, magical terms, etc) was. There was an exception or two to this, but minor, and really unimportant to the plot.And if there really aren't any more Thieftaker books coming, it seems this could be a viable successor. And least, I hope.Looking forward to the next one. Which... is out. And will be read. By me. Soon.As usual, I picked it up used. Though in excellent condition.4.5-4.7 stars.