Review: Charming by Elliott James

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Charming on September 24th, 2013
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
John Charming isn't your average Prince...
He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best--until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, John tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. That is, until a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar..

This review has been so delayed that it’s almost silly to post it, but since I did read a review copy it seems only fair.

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I had hopes for more of a tie to the old fairy tales, what with the book being called Charming and all. But other than our protagonist’s ties to an old monster hunting family and the pseudo-military organization that trained him, there’s really no tie to folklore or the old tales at all. We get your average vampire tale with a Valkyrie thrown in for spice.

There are a couple of interesting creatures, but nothing truly unique here. Despite that, however, this is a pretty good story. If you have time for a mid-length urban fantasy that’ll keep your attention for a few hours, then it wouldn’t be a mistake to pick this one up.