I hope you are all well in your area of the world.
This week has already been an incredibly busy week – I have a presentation next week that I need to pass to continue my PhD and I am lowkey stressed.
Anyway, today I come to you with a review for White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton for another one of TheWriteReads blog tours! White Trash Warlock narrates the tale of our resident magician, Adam Binder, on the path attempting to find the identity of the Warlock who has been doing nasty deeds in the magical world. Whilst also trying to figure out whether this Warlock could be his father.
Guthrie was a good place to be from, but it wasn’t a great place to live, not when you were like Adam, in all the ways Adam was like Adam.
Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to ask for his little brother’s help. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local magicians dead.
It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart.
The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it.
I found this book to be incredibly unique, offering a fresh type of story with interesting characters (and relationships). I don’t think I could properly articulate the setting of this book – I think it is the stype of setting/world that the readers need to be introduced to only through actually reading the book. It was strange and weird but ultimately magical and made sense.
The first half of the novel was my favourite. I adored Adam’s character and his personality, especially his relationships with this brother and mother. I found his character to be so authentic and someone I could relate to – minus the magic, unfortunately. But he was the reason I wanted to continue reading on! Adam is a really fantastic protagonist and the way that this book creates the magical system is quite interesting. Adam has magic and the ability to see the ‘other’ magical world (kind of like an alternate universe that is happening in tandem with the now), but his magical is supposedly weak in comparison to other magical practicioners. That doesn’t stop him from trying to save the world from literally a giant octupus type entity that is possessing people and killing magicians.
I also LOVED the LGBTQIA+ representation – HELL YES. I also think it is important to highlight the disparity between Adam and his brother, Robert. Adam is a young man who lives paycheck to paycheck and food insecurity was a theme that kept on being brought up. Especially in comparsion to the opulance of Robert. Such themes are so important in yound adult fiction and we need more of it.
There are also Fae. And Death herself.
It was great.
But I felt that the second half of the book fell flat. ‘Twists’ that were supposed to be important didn’t really get the attention they deserved. There was also a weird love triangle situation with the Fae Prince and a police officer that Adam saves. I felt it was unnecessary. I also thought that the ending felt too short – I really think that this book would have been all the more better if it was a little bit longer. Although I know this book is part one in a series, this book didn’t feel finished.
I think many people will enjoy this book and I recommend it for fantasy lovers.
Until next time, happy reading!
All the love,