Magic Monday: The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz

Welcome back to another Magic Monday book review! Today, I have an awesome fairy tale-inspired story to share.
I love the cover, and the blurb is even better:

Private eye Nick Beasley lives in a world where fairy tales ended a long time ago – where zeppelins now soar the skies instead of dragons, and where the first automobiles have taken the place of flying carpets. He’s made a name for himself across the Afterlands by debunking fake magicians and exposing fraudulent monsters. This is the modern age, after all. Magic and monsters are long gone.

At least, that’s what Nick believes. Until he gets magically transformed into a monster, that is.

The only person who may be able to help Nick is Lady Cordelia Beaumont, one of the last enchantresses in the Afterlands. But in order for her to cure him, they’ll have to retrieve a powerful artifact from a ruthless crime lord – who is also Cordelia’s father.

The fate of the Afterlands lies in the hands of a runaway enchantress and a monstrous ex-detective. What could possibly go wrong?

Set in a world similar to our own, but where fairy tales really did happen once upon a time, affecting history forever, this story stars a snarky detective who finds out quite suddenly that magic really does exist…and it just turned him into a monster.

Nick is my favorite, but his brother and Cordelia are awesome as well. The story plays out in a snappy pace, and it is as tightly woven as a freshly made magic carpet.

 

The flavor of the world and writing is also quite amazing…almost like an old detective movie, but it isn’t a detective story. It’s a fresh spin on the Beauty and the Beast tale, with the beast being a former detective who is quite disgruntled about his sudden change of looks and the fact the world might be coming to an end. However, I could totally see this being made into a movie…that would be awesome, in fact. I’d buy it in BluRay and get Kyle to sign the cover!

If you love fantasy, fairy tales, and snark, definitely check this out. It’s a quick read–I read in one sitting because it was so. very. good.

The Beast of Talesend is available on Amazon.

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