Spell Blind is a new book in a new series by David B. Coe. I totally recommend it. I’ll be honest, it took me a bit to get hooked, so if you start it, stick with it. You’ll get into it, I promise. It takes Coe a little while to explain the characters and the magic system and that slowed things down. But once the story gets going, it gets going good.
Justis is a private investigator and a former cop. He’s also a weremyste, which is essentially a person with magical powers who is also affected by the moon’s phases. As with every magical system, there are rules and limits, pros and cons, and choices. Justis, so far, chooses to continue to use his craft, and thus knows that in the future he could lose his mind.
The murder story is a great mix of traditional cop “who done it” and magical storytelling. The Big Bad is indeed Big and Bad, which was one point that sort of worried me for a while. The bad guy doesn’t show up in person for at least the first third of the story, and I was concerned that when he finally did directly interact with our hero, he wouldn’t be all that scary. No worries there, Coe is at his best when he is writing the evil guy.
Good read. Waiting for the next one. I bet it is even better.