Book Review: Pride’s Spell by Matt Wallace

28595871Sin du Jour goes Hollywood. The elite culinary team that caters events for the supernatural is tasked with preparing an exquisite feast for the ultimate Hollywood event: a movie premiere. Meanwhile an elite squad of assassins is targeting Ritter and his team back in New York City. There’s nothing like agents from hell showing up in your apartment to get the blood pumping.

Pride’s Spell is the third novella in Matt Wallace’s Sin du Jour series. This is my first time reading through a novella series, and it reads to me more of a TV show than a series of books. Each novella is episodic with each one building on the foundation of the one before it. That’s not a bad thing. It just means that when I reread them when all seven have been published, I’ll read them all back-to-back.

The flashbacks took a bit to figure out. Firstly I struggled to realize that they were flashbacks and then how they fit chronologically into the story. (It’s more than likely I had a harder time than normal because I had to put down the book more than a few times for real life.) But once I pieced everything together, I really liked how the flashbacks revealed Bronko’s past while leaving behind just as many questions as they answered.

There’s plenty that could be said about the assassins who go after Ritter and his team along with the culinary team’s adventures in Hollywood. But since I don’t want to spoil anything, I’ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed everything. Wallace does a fantastic job of creating characters with compelling backstories. He also writes some very funny stuff.

If you haven’t started the Sin du Jour series yet and you’re a fan of urban fantasy, what are you waiting for? Pride’s Spell absolutely shines as a worthy part of the series.


Pride’s Spell by Matt Wallace is available as an eBook and in paperback from Tor Publishing.

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