Faz Pound, aka Black Spark, has spent a year incarcerated—accused of killing a fae—before being brought before the Council of Hidden and condemned to die. Under Council protocols, he’s allowed his freedom during the three days leading up to his execution. Faz is determined during that brief spell of freedom to prove his innocence, but a powerful force, one able to control the minds and actions of others, is just as determined to see him die.
Guilty Spark by Al K. Line is book four in the Dark Magic Enforcer series, and it continues in the same vein as those that came before it. Blood-curdling action and biting humor (considering the number of vampires in these stories, that pun is intended) fly at you from page one like gnats in a barn. Despite his other-worldly origins, you can’t help but sympathize with Faz as he deals with one seemingly insurmountable problem after another: his vampire girlfriend, Kate, in his absence has gone to the dark side, and he has an invincible giant coming to kill him. Just another day in the life of an enforcer; except this could be his last day—ever.
Seldom do books about the supernatural manage to scare the crap out of you at the same time they have you laughing hard enough to wet your pants, but the author has managed to do it quite capably. He’s managed to make the non-human and inhuman characters that populate this story all too human. After reading this one, you’ll check your closets every night before you go to bed, just to be sure.
I received an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I have yet to read, New Spark, book 3 in the series, but the nice thing about this series is that each one can be read as a stand-alone story. I have that one teed up for the coming weekend, and I’m almost hoping for a thunderstorm to provide the sound effects as I read it.
Another five star offering from a master of the craft.