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To Kill a Sorcerer

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A really rich, really old, and probably really bored guy helping out the police gets involved in a series of ritualistic killings in LA. That's a simplified version of the plot of To Kill a Sorcerer. Sebastian Montero is immortal and has chosen to use his vast wealth to assist law enforcement with investigations. But the latest string of murders haven't been committed by your garden variety psycho. Sebastian may have just met his match, and his very long life may hang in the balance. I thought this was a fun book. It was almost like a hybrid police procedural/paranormal mystery. There are some instances of clever humor, and I didn't mind the flashbacks used to explain Sebastian's backstory and motivation. I wasn't sure the romance really added anything to the story, but it wasn't a deal breaker.
3 stars
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This happens to be a fun read! An immortal and a vampire are dating. Yep, sounds like the start of a joke. The funny thing about that, it has a good bit of humor in places. So, our 700-year-old non-dying Sebastion helps the police when possible. What else is he going to do to help the world be a better place? Sebastion's girl is a vampire. Their relationship has been going on for about 100 years, so that's one thing happening. The story is told in flashbacks, which I didn't have a problem following. I think it's kinda neat that it's part paranormal, part detective and part, well I'm not sure what, but it's a fun read. You do have a good bit of noir stereotyping, but I don't mind that. I would read another book in this series. 

My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free volition.
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If you love paranormal stories with a strong male lead wrapped in a murder mystery then this is the book for you.  The main character draws you in with his charisma , charm and vulnerability.  I really enjoyed the journey with him and look forward to the next installment.
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Vampires, Immortals,  a sorcerer, a serial killer, intrigue, and suspense. Add to that a touch of romance and you come up with this book!
Absolutely brilliant and I will be tracking down the next book in this Immortal Montero series.
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Reminiscent of the American TV show called Forever, Immortal Sebastian Montero starts his debut in this novel as a 700 year old immortal living in the rich suburbs of Malibu California. Due to his long tenure in the world, he has managed to amass an incredible amount of wealth so much so that in modern day California, he owns a forensics and research facility providing resources to police investigations. However, when he becomes involved in the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer the centuries of expertise comes in handy.  But has Sebastian finally met his match with this Voodoo killer also referred to as the Thief of Souls?
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Really enjoyed this book. Had the feel of a tv series called Forever. Will definitely look for more books by this author and the next instalment.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect based on the reviews of this book as they varied quite widely. What I got was a very well-written book with some extremely intriguing characters. Sebastian is an immortal being who likes to help the police solve murders, but they feel he has bought himself a place on the team. This series of murders is a little different than normal as it contains many elements of the supernatural, something Sebastian can handle better than those not in the know. I just loved the characters in this book. They were unique and fun, and sometimes had hidden qualities until it was time to bring them out. However, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Sebastian’s love interest, but by the end, she was one of my favorite characters even if she irritates me with some of her interests. I found the plot interesting, and I liked that the bad guy wasn’t weak and gave them a run for their money. Added to that, I was engrossed almost from the very first sentence. I’ve already added the next two books to my list, and I’m hope I can get to them ASAP. I want to see what he will get up to next. Highly recommend!
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I found this book hard to get into.  It's written in the first person which is not my favorite and the writing seemed a little off in the beginning, but got better as it went on.  The book starts with a really graphic scene, subsequent scenes are less so.  We learn about Sebastian's life in bits and pieces, but his early life wasn't terribly interesting despite giving us his motivation.  A lot of potential secondary characters are brought up, but not well used.  He's worked with a team of two cops in the past and appears to team up with them again, but one just disappears from the story line.  His dealings with the other one are a bit haphazard and don't ring true.  Another thing that doesn't ring true is his relationship with Alinea.  Supposedly, they love each other but she holds his leash like he's a puppy.  He gets nothing out of the relationship except bad experiences at her "club".  He accepts the horrible things she does, but why given his memories of his youth? He also needs to stay low profile yet he drives a Maserati (which no one seems to have noticed when he peels out after a confrontation with the bad guy) and chugs a couple bottles of booze in front of witnesses in a public event where his peculiarities get noticed. ?!?

The character and world have potential, but the author needs to work on developing the characters and making them  and their relationships more realistic.  I was interested enough in finishing the book (it was listed as 217 pages, but they were short pages) and I would consider starting book 2 (if I got it for free like this one from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review) to see if the story telling gets better.

2.5 out of 5 stars
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Teenage girls are being ritualistically murdered in LA. One after another, the murders are same in every detail. The police have no clues whatsoever about who might be removing human lives in such an inhumane way ; and that is where Sebastian Montero steps in. 

Rich, successful, and devoted to making the world a better place, Sebastian has a great knowledge of the occult, and a very deep secret: he is 700 years old, and unable to die. Having that great and peculiar advantage to his side, he is sure catching the killer is a matter of time. But when he comes face to face with the man's incredible powers, he realizes that even he might not be as safe as he had thought.

To Kill a Sorcerer was a surprisingly interesting mix of mystery and thriller. It was fast paced and filled with interesting, in-depth characters. There were flashbacks to Sebastian's past, which were very refreshing for the plot. The author managed to mix the detective story with supernatural elements in a very resourceful and thrilling way, resulting in a compelling story that left no room for boredom. 

All in all, it was a very good book as a first in a series, explaining everything the reader needs to know about the main characters, and laying the ground for some exciting stories ahead. Strongly recommended for fans of thrillers.
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I really enjoyed to Kill a Sorcerer.  I'm a huge fan of thrillers, mysteries and the supernatural so this book hit the spot.

I'm not sure that I need to find any later books for the series, this book worked as a stand alone for me but I'm sure future books will be devoured by many.
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Started off interesting and then got really weird. It's a good storyline behind it though. This book is definitely an acquired taste so it won't be for everyone. However, I really enjoyed reading this one and look forward to reading the next one.
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Mongrain did a fantastic job of keeping the reader on their toes as he feed clues to both the current mystery and the odds circumstances surrounding the main character Montero. I loved the styling and the supernatural side of this mystery- thriller and can't wait for the next installment.
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I really really really wanted to like this book. I love urban fantasy and I am always on the hunt for new authors to read. "To Kill a Sorcerer" started out strong: we are introduced to the villain immediately and it is made abundantly clear just how awful he truly is. I also liked the protagonist, Montero. Unfortunately, the story dragged with long segments of exposition: Montero explaining his status as an immortal, the intricacies of vampire society, et cetera. The flashbacks to Montero's childhood in medieval England didn't really serve a purpose in driving the narrative forward. Plus, I absolutely hated the character of Aliena; I was completely baffled by Montero's attraction to her; even the author seemed at a loss, as he repeatedly returned to describing her physical attributes (I get it, she's beautiful, let's move on). Things finally got interesting when Montero and the villain came face to face, but, by then, I was so tired of all the info dumping and flashbacks that I gave up. I hate not finishing a book. [Review based on a netgalley copy.]
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Billionaire Sebastian Montero can’t forget the murder of his younger brother.  He has been hunting killers for seven hundred years.  He joins the Los Angeles Police Department.  He works more as a consultant that an actual “policeman.”  Why?  He becomes involved in a case when a young teenage girl is ritually killed.  After the second ritual murder of a teenage girl, something reminds him of an ancient myth.  As Sebastian looks into this myth he remembers, he realizes it isn’t a myth.  As he visits a friend, he learns more about protecting himself from the sorcerer who wants to be the world’s dictator or god.  Will it happen?  Can Sebastian stop the sorcerer?

The novel has Sebastian as the immortal, vampires, a sorcerer who is also a serial killer, police and other characters that all add to the story.  There is so much action, intrigue, and suspense in this paranormal mystery that I never found the story lacking in anyway.  Now that it has ended, I want the next volume to read now!
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To Kill a Sorcerer is the first in the Immortal Montero series. I really wanted to like this book, but couldn’t get into it. Interesting characters and a plot that sort of fell flat. Sebastian’s flashbacks were sometimes confusing. Possibly the editing was what made it feel disjointed. I found myself having a hard time following in quite a few places. Not a bad start for a first in series, but not one that I will be hurrying to get the next installment. 


*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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4..5 stars-This was such a unique story. I was so fascinated with the way it was put together. Mystery, suspense thrills, chills, twists and turns are found on page after page of this book. I am so excited to read more by this author. Thank you for allowing me to read and write about it.
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"To Kill a Sorcerer" written by Greg Mongrain is the first book in the Immortal Montero series and I really have to admit that I loved it from start to finish. I am a huge fan of mystery, thriller and crime books and I am a big fan of fantasy and paranormal fiction. This book combines those two genres and I enjoyed this mix a lot. 

Montero is an Immortal and lives for seven hundred years. Now he investigates in murdercases with the police. This time he has to solve a case where young women get killed. It seems to have a giant paranormal backround which the police officers don't want to see at all - they do not believe in paranormal beings. Montero does. He is one and he loves one - a truely hot lady vampire. 

This book is not only dark but often enough funny, full of humor (which I really did not expect but it was great) and it is really sensitive too. I really like that.

 I really like the paranormal world and the characters as well. The story is very well written and I am definitely reading the other books in this series. This was a great read.
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I'm not sure what the genre truly is on this book. It started as crime noir, then it read more as a mystery, then the character turns out to be immortal and his would-be girlfriend is a vampire. The plot is really jerky and hard to figure out in beginning although it does smooth out around the middle. I think it definitely needs more work to be a pleasurable read. #ToKillASorcerer #NetGalley
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A very good and entertaining fantasy book I liked it and it kept me hooked till the end.
Recommended.
Many thanks to lack & White Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC
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On the whole, I found To Kill A Sorcerer to be an engaging read. I enjoyed Montero as a character, with his charm and humour, and I liked that he also had his flaws, as so many paranormal heroes are made out to be too perfect for belief. I also appreciated the fact that we got to see his budding friendship with his fellow detective, alongside the romance with Aliena. The book's plot was gripping, with good pacing between action scenes and more thoughtful, quiet moments. Certainly, I was always keen to turn the page and discover what would happen next. The only weak point for me was the ending which, after all the build up, felt as if it came perhaps a little too easily and quickly. However, the book's finale left several questions open regarding the possible disclosure of Montero's secret, which makes me interested to read on in the series. Overall, it was a pleasant paranormal thriller, and I give it four stars.
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