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Deadbeat Druid

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I love love LOVE this series and this sequel was absolutely everything I was hoping it would be!
Funny and adventurous, and the action kept me hooked from beginning to end.
I can't recommend these books, enough, for any romance readers looking for a new favorite.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this trilogy and it has been an incredible ride watching this story unfold and these characters develop and grow. Urban fantasy is my favorite subgenre of fantasy and I think this series adds something new and unique to the genre. It has a captivating plot, interesting world-building, messy and complicated yet lovable characters and so much more! I also had the privilege of meeting this author and he is genuinely kind, humble, and funny. It made me enjoy reading them so much more.
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I discovered this serie by chance and fell in love reading the first book and looking forward to the others.
The author did an excellent job in developing an intriguing magic system/world building and a great cast of characters.
There's humour, there's romance and there's a lot of fun plus some food for thought.
This the excellent final book in this excellent series.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
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I am so sad that this series is over. I had been seeing it splattered throughout Bookstagram and that title really drug me in. once I learned it was a trilogy, Like a good pokemon trainer I had to catch them all. 

As the finale of the trilogy, it was so perfect. The magic system, the world building and them characters man, 10/10. The way that it played out by the end was perfect, and tied up any loose ends perfectly. 

I really don't know what else to say. there is ZERO things that I need more out of this trilogy... aside from there being more books to read. I also appreciated the not cringey romance.
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There were so many things about this series and this book that I loved. The mythology and world-building of it all was so fascinating. The unique take on the afterlife in this story really stood out to me, and it felt like a mix of purgatory and Dante's rings of hell. The personification of Death in this series has always been interesting, and I enjoyed how everything came together to reveal her endgame and the threads she weaved to get all the characters lined up to do her bidding. The magic was filled with rich descriptions and had a nebulous quality to it that kept me guessing at how it might be used next. However, I don't think I ever quite figured out how it all worked, and I'm not convinced the author did either. lol.

The characters and their relationships are honestly the highlight of all three of the books in this series. The author captured the loneliness, fear, and anger associated with growing up queer in deep rural America. Adam was an excellent avatar for that experience, and I loved that the story didn't shy away from the awful parts of his childhood and the impacts on him as an adult. Likewise, I also appreciated that Adam continued to grow and learn that he was someone deserving and capable of love while accepting that his past was a part of him but didn't have to define him. His strained relationships with his family members were moving, and I liked seeing him repair them over time despite how rocky the process continued to be. Just like real families, their dynamic was super messy and felt authentic.

Vic was probably my favorite character. His story featured a great bi awakening, and I appreciated the time spent in this story processing his feelings and thoughts about coming to terms with his queerness. It felt like we got to know him so much better in this installment. Unfortunately, it came at the cost of some pretty awful things happening to him, but I liked getting into his head a little more. This book doubled down on the thing I hated most about the previous book in the series. It kept Vic and Adam apart for almost the entire story. That was a huge mistake, in my opinion. I get that the ending of book two necessitated they be apart for at least some of this story, but it went on far too long. I missed their dynamic that was at the heart of book one, and I hated that this (supposedly) last chance to see more of them together got wasted. Many of the other central characters from previous books felt sidelined, as well, which was disappointing.

The plot of this story was probably the weakest of the three books. It was largely just a roadtrip through hell from two different perspectives filled with redundant conversations and internal monologue. Adam seemed to constantly rehash his problems with his brother even though it felt like that was largely resolved in book two. He also felt incredibly inconsistent dependent upon what the plot called for at the moment. Don't even get me started on his Elvish friend because I have no idea what was going on with him. It seemed fascinating at first glance, but there was absolutely no background or explanation for how he was able to do the things he did. The hell dimension was interesting, but it got old after a while, and I don't really think 60% of the book should have been devoted to the trip. Personally, I'm not a fan of the quest trope. So, I guess it isn't super surprising I was a bit let down by it. I think the story would have been more interesting with a third perspective from Silver to see all the stuff going on in the Elvish court, which largely happened off the page and seemed really intriguing. The end wrapped things up well, though, and I was mostly satisfied with the answers and where all the characters ended up.

I enjoyed the overall themes of this story quite a bit. It focused a lot on learning from the past so that you don't repeat the same mistakes, especially in regard to breaking traumatic family cycles. I also really loved how this story illustrated that the people we see as villains are often driven by very human motivations that everyone can relate to, such as fear, anger, and/or ignorance. Despite making them relatable, the narrative never made excuses for them and instead used the main characters to show how one can overcome/harness those same motivating factors to do good. Finally, some time was spent reflecting on dreams and 'paths not taken' in life. It highlighted the importance of the choices we make and the constraints those choices place on the limited nature of the time we have left to live.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. It wasn't my favorite outing of the trilogy (that would be book 2), but the quality of the writing did consistently improve with each book. I've never read anything quite like this, and I loved the way it captured the essence of being queer in a rural area. Therefore, I rate this book (and series) 4 out of 5 stars.
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Endings are hard....but David R. Slayton wraps up our adventures with Adam and Vic in a way fitting for our favorite Warlock and Reaper. Five stars and hope for more from these characters at a later time. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Adam would go to hell to get Vic back....which is exactly what he now has no choice but to do. Given a task by death, Adam jumps at the opportunity to dive headfirst into the underworld to get his Reaper back; all while trying to find and deal with his Druid Great Grandfather who is tearing the underworld apart.

This series is such a reader's delight. A treasure just waiting to be discovered by readers of all race, sexual orientation, and creed. White Trash Warlock is a break neck speed ride and Trailer Park Trickster just takes that momentum and bashes through every obstacle. Deadbeat Druid has it's stagnant moments, but overall it was just as enjoyable as the first two, making a well rounded trilogy with characters you don't want to let go of. Let's be real, if the worst criticism I can come up with over the entire series is that the ending felt a bit stagnant at times while still enjoyable.....hand Slayton some kind of reward already! I can't wait to see what he brings us in the future, though I'll miss Adam, Vic, Argent, and even Silver.

Five stars and the heaviest of recommendations for fantasy readers. These books are magic woven into pages, the kind of magic that seeps into your very soul and stays with you forever. Age recommended for readers 15+ for adult themes and some violence. What are you waiting for? Go begin your adventure with Adam today!
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I'm absolutely in love with this series and I don't understand why it's not more popular.

This one is quite different from the first two, with a different setting due to the major cliffhanger of the last book. It was a great idea on Slayton's part as it makes this 'finale' feel fresh and new.

Adam and Vic are an adorable couple, I'm so impressed that throughout the series they don't actually spend THAT much time together but still have amazing chemistry. 

It's for fans of urban fantasy and queer reads.
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4.5 stars.
Stuck the landing. 
A great third book and end to the series.
The only issue that I had was that it felt a little rushed toward the end. 
I hope the author plans to write more in general but also specifically in this world because I enjoy the "everyday" nature of the magical world.
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This book starts right where the last one left off. Adam and Vran visit Sara. Adam needs to fetch Vic (and a few others) from hell because "the living cannot be allowed to infect the dead."

What follows is an epic road trip through hell. 

I kind of hope that there will be more books in this series. I love Adam and Vic's vibe, the weirdness of the spirit realms, and how the characters are complicated. Also, this book reckons with copaganda.
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The conclusion to this trilogy was everything I wanted for this series. The stakes were so incredibly high for both Adam and Vic. Both of them are racing against time to save each other, and I swear my heart was palpitating in the last 20% of the book.

So much of Deadbeat Druid deals with unpacking all of the complicated relationships and emotions that both Adam and Vic have for each other and their respective families. There was so much raw emotion. I was definitely in my feelings.

While I’m sad to see this trilogy end, I can’t wait to see what Slayton has next for his readers!
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Again such a good book and what an ending for this series. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases from Slayton
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Thank you so much, NetGalley, Blackstone Publishing for the chance to read this book in exchange of an honest review.

After learning the true identity of the warlock preying on his family, Adam should have confronted with him, but a trap did sent his love Vicente into the undead realm. Adam is ready to do anything in order to get him back, even going to the Underworld, but between demons, ghosts and other creatures, maybe Adam isn't so prepared to face Hell. Besides, other than finding Vicente and getting back, facing and defeating the warlock, Adam has also find the lost heart of Death herself. Easy, right?

Deadbeat Druid is the third book in the Adam Binder series and, as the previous ones, it's charming, eerie, scary and so well written. I love David R. Slayton's writing style and creativity and this book is truly magnificent. Adam going to hell to save his beloved Vicente? I'm absolutely in. After the devastating ending of the second book, I was so anxious to read the third and so worried about my favourite characters. The story is, like always, peculiar, filled with twists, magic, demons, ghosts, the Hell itself and it was a rollercoaster journey. I loved everything and everyone in it and I can't wait to get my physical copy.
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What a ride! Adam Binder has really been through it in this series -- chasing an evil druid to Denver, getting involved in deadly plots with powerful enemies, falling in love, confronting his family and trauma, reconnecting with a lost love, losing loved ones, and traveling the spirit lands and to the underworld. His journey is filled with heartbreak and suffering, but also with healing and love. I think one of my favorite things about this series is how Adam is forced to face the pain in his past and get tangled up again with his estranged family. He struggles but he never shies away from what he believes to be right. Vic also has quite a journey, one that makes him ask difficult questions about his beliefs, his job, and his future path. 

Deadbeat Druid in particular digs deep into the inner lives of the characters, with intense flashbacks of pivotal moments, reunions with ghosts, and major revelations. Vic and Adam, on their quest to find each other, find themselves time and again thrown into peril and facing impossible decisions. All of this is set against an interesting take on the underworld, one populated by hungry demons in many forms and restless cowboys who herd ghosts. As always, Slayton excels at weaving together rural Oklahoma and trippy fantasy landscapes, creating a world that feels both wearyingly known and yet infinitely magical. 

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to the series! It answers questions, brings everything home, and displays how much the characters have changed and grown, with promises that they'll continue to come into their own. Highly recommend to readers looking for a dark, rural fantasy with relatable characters and unique worldbuilding.
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Deadbeat Druid by David R. Slayton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reapers, psychopomps, druids, and a roadtrip to hell. It's everything a growing UF fan needs to feed on near Halloween.

But better than that, this was a great return to a really fun UF. It felt desperate and serious and fascinating for the entire trip. I know, right? A title like this makes me think that it's going to be a funny title, but in reality, it's about friendship, family, and love. Often it's not about forgiveness, exactly, but about understanding. And sometimes that's more important.

I love the message. Even when the choices are extremely difficult and even hard to swallow, it's great to have lines that you just won't cross even when it feels so hopeless.

I am quite pleased with how this turned out.
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I really liked this series!  I like my fantasy character driven and Adam is a likable character and a decent man.  Given the childhood the character endured he’d have good excuses to be a jerk but he’s not in the least.  He’s a good man willing to risk it all for those he cares about.  The books are page turners too.  I hope this author has more books planned.  I really enjoyed this series.
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Thank you NetGalley for the eARC. This book was so fun. I really enjoyed it. This book kept me interested and i enjoyed the book and this genre
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What a perfect ending to such a complex and interesting trilogy. We all love flawed heroes, and Adam embodies everything about them. The details of the story are complex but not in a way that's hard to follow and even if you don't recall every single event that happened in the previous books, everything gets sort of explained again on page. I have bad memory so I was glad that was the case. There are a few characters to follow but we have only the point of views of Adam and Vic. At the end of book 2, Vic was transported someplace through a portal, along with Jodi Binder and the druid, their great-grandfather. Adam was injured but as soon as he was okay he embarked on a journey to find Vic, defeat John and have the quiet happy life he deserves. But the journey is not easy, it's to a place where not even Sara, Death, can go. We have Vic fighting and walking west following the pull of his and Adam's bond, and Adam traveling in his beloved car along with Vran and his brother Bobby towards East. Both groups will find many many difficulties along the way that are nothing compared to what will happen when they finally meet and find John who is getting more powerful by the hour. The twists and turns made it difficult to pause the book, I finished it at 1am with work the next day, but I needed to know. And the ending was so satisfying that I didn't regret one second of lack of sleep. I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by this author.
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Everyone's favorite redneck warlock returns in book 3. Vic has been trapped in the underworld with Adam's cousin and Adam has to travel through death in order to save him (plus some other people).

I enjoy the Adam Binder series for the most part. It good gay fun and I grew up in Oklahoma so the setting is nostalgic. I'm also still a fan of the main character NOT being the most powerful being but still being useful and getting things done. I'm not a big fan of Vic being a "good cop" just generally not being a fan of our current police. He seems to be struggling with that himself so I'll continue to read the books.
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An excellent conclusion to the Adam Binder series, in which the stakes are high, the realms extremely interesting, and the new character encounters disturbing and deeply meaningful by turns (or sometimes all at once).
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<i>Deadbeat Druid</i> leaves off where David R. Slayton's second book in the Adam Binder series leaves off. Adam Binder is on a hunt to get his boyfriend, Vic, back from the underworld and there is nothing that's going to stand in his way. This MM Romantic Urban Fantasy series is a lot of fun and one I highly recommend to both MM Romance fans and Urban Fantasy fans. However, I wouldn't recommend jumping right into Book 3. If you haven't already read <i>White Trash Warlock</i> and <i>Trailer Park Trickster</i> I would definitely recommend you start there before jumping into this book because of the sheer amount of world building that Slayton has completed in the first two books. 

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of <i>Deadbeat Druid</i>, and I am very thankfully to the author/publisher for their generosity. However, my review is not impacted by that generosity. 

Okay, so I am very excited for both David R. Slayton and this series. I remember reading the first book and was really glad to see it take off the way it has. I think the series has sometimes ventured away from what made the first book as fun by delving more and more into the mystical lands and away from how paranormal things impact what's going on in Denver. I also think the "trailer park" schtick worked for the first book, less for the second, and doesn't as much for the third. We see Adam growing in both his power and his understanding of the paranormal world. He's moved beyond his trailer park roots. In fact, you could argue that he'd moved beyond those roots before the first book really started (but that's another story and I don't like spoilers).

As a whole, this is a fun romp. It's a page turner and one that I would definitely recommend picking up today. But, start with book one if you haven't read the series.
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