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White Trash Warlock by David R Slayton – Audiobook Review #TheWriteReads

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Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton. The first book in his urban fantasy series, Adam Binder. My thanks to David for the audiobook in exchange for my candid opinion of the story.

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Keep reading to see my review of White Trash Warlock. Don’t forget to use the purchase links today to start your adventure in the dangerous world of Spirit and the beings that call it home.

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Title: White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton
Series: Adam Binder #1
Published by Blackstone Publishing on 13 October, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance (PNR), New Adult (NA)
Narrator: Michael David Axtell
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes
No. of Pages: 260

Not all magicians go to schools of magic.

Adam Binder has the Sight. It’s a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam’s life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father’s rage.

Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward, Adam is ready to come to grips with who he is, to live his life on his terms, to find love, and maybe even use his magic to do some good. Hoping to track down his missing father, Adam follows a trail of cursed artifacts to Denver, only to discover that an ancient and horrifying spirit has taken possession of Bobby’s wife.

It isn’t long before Adam becomes the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, save his sister-in-law, and learn the truth about his father, Adam will have to risk bargaining with very dangerous beings...including his first love.

©2020 David R. Slayton (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*

What did I think about it?

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A Fantastic Start To This Unique Series

David R Slayton is an exciting debut author. I found White Trash Warlock very easy to get into, loving his writing style.

The plot kept me gripped with more than one fascinating story thread weaving through the tale. The world of Spirit David imagined was unique and how it overlays our own felt scarily credible. David also created a treasury of multifaceted characters to populate his novel, some human and some not, that felt totally believable. It’s a skilled wordsmith who gives me characters I can love to hate or situations I feel the injustice burning inside while not even considering DNFing the story. 😉

Michael David Axtell is a new-to-me narrator and I really enjoyed his performance.

I liked the pace at which Michael read White Trash Warlock. He conveyed all the appropriate emotions into each scene. His performance personified our protagonist, Adam Binder. I liked the voices he gave each character and felt no confusion during the dialogue or narrative. Michael didn’t fall back on any stereotypical accents but created realistic ones for each character.

While I’m talking about characters…

Those of you who have read my reviews before will know that I crave certain traits from my protagonists. I need them to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful and have plenty of gumption. Adam Binder ticked every box and more. He’s a damaged soul however Adam exhibited such strength and courage through the trials and dangers in this story that he quickly found a place in my heart. Adam Binder is a true hero.

I really enjoyed White Trash Warlock and the way David tied off many of the story threads.

The immediate threat dealt with deadly force. Although the ending made me growl in good-natured frustration. Adam Binder still has mysteries to solve and a happily ever after to find. I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the next book in this series, wondering where David will take us next.

Keep reading to find out more about this amazing debut author.

About David R. Slayton

Author - David R Slayton

I grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now I live in Denver, Colorado and write the books I always wanted to read.

My debut fantasy, WHITE TRASH WARLOCK, is available now from Blackstone Publishing in paperback, ebook, and audio.

In addition to writing, I have taught workshops and appeared on panels at Denver Pop Culture Con, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, the League of Utah Writers Quills Conference, and the Seymour Agency Winter Retreat.

By day I’m a software implementation consultant.

I love connecting with readers, librarians, and booksellers. If you’d like to contact me for a school visit or appearance, you can email me at author@davidrslayton.com.

And because I enjoyed the narration so much, here’s Michael’s bio too.

About Michael David Axtell

Narrator - Michael David Axtell - Photo by Kyle LeMaire Photography NYC

HELLO!

Let me tell you a bit about myself.  I come from Everywhere, USA (in order: Connecticut, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, New York). Too far back?  Okay, fine.  Currently I live in New York City with my wife and dog and work as an actor, singer, narrator and pianist.  I am a passionate performer and storyteller and am fascinated by communicating to audiences through different mediums.

For a time after college, I pursued music and toured with the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer.  However, I realized I craved a more theatrically based performance path, so I left Chanticleer to pursue my MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama ('17).  I also began recording audiobooks for ACX which opened up an entire industry of exciting possibility and opportunity!

I have around twenty credits to my name available, which you can explore over here.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my review. Now go add it to your TBR pile! 😉

Have you read White Trash Warlock? What did you think? Drop me a comment below and we can talk books.

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Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other new adult reads that I’ve featured on my blog.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(3) Comments

  1. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great review Flora, I’m so glad you enjoyed this book!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks, Ellie. I’ll be looking out for book 2 which is due to come out later this year in October.

      1. Ellie Rayner says:

        Me too! I can’t wait!

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