Master of Hounds, C. Steven Manley

Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Horror & Occult, Literature & Fiction

Clint Mercer is about to get a crash course in magic.

After he barely survives an attack on the hospital where he works, Clint is quickly recruited by the brilliant but often unstable wizard, Arlo Dandridge.

Working on behalf of the mysterious Pickman Institute, the two men soon find themselves in a race to recover an ancient relic of deadly power before a centuries old warlock and his cult of militant followers can beat them to it.

With the lives of an entire city on the line, failure is not an option.

Master of Hounds is the first book in the Pickman Files series, a dark urban fantasy filled with magic, monsters, secret societies, and dark conspiracies.

Master of Hounds is a novel I was excited to read ever since discovering it. The premise of Master of Hounds is one that intrigued me as it is described as a ‘dark urban fantasy filled with magic, monsters, secret societies, and dark conspiracies’ and if that doesn’t intrigue you book lovers then I do not know what will! Master of Hounds is undoubtedly a dramatic, thrilling and exciting novel that will keep readers entertained, captivated and engrossed from start to finish because as I read Master of Hounds this is all I felt for hours on end for days. Fantasy reads are my go to read so it is no surprise that I adored Master of Hounds but I love it even more so because of the unique twist at the heart of the story. Master of Hounds is a unique book in my opinion because it does not fit into just one category but in fact many. The story that unravels is riveting because it combines and weaves so many entertaining genres and all of this is weaved by the expert author.  Now that I have finished reading Master of Hounds I can honestly write that never before have I been so captivated by a fantasy read and this is thanks to the sensational author C. Steven Manley who I must say has a bright future ahead of him thanks to his thrilling book Master of Hounds… I am excited to see what he writes next and I never usually feel this way about fantasy authors!

Master of Hounds is an exciting book that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the novel, Clint Mercer. Clint can be described as an ordinary, everyday man, however, one day, after a deadly and shocking attack which he barely survives, he discovers his life is far from, and his life will be transformed forever.

After the pivotal event in the novel, Clint is quickly recruited and taken in by Arlo Dandridge, a wizard who works on behalf of the Pickman Institute. Arlo will take Clint on a journey like none other and will take him into the underbelly of the magic world and it is more terrifying and dangerous than you could ever imagine, and many challenges and frightening monsters will face Clint and Arlo on their journey.

Clint and Arlo will soon begin a dangerous but necessary mission to find an ancient relic which, if in the wrong hands could spell disaster for everybody and so Clint and Arlo must race against the clock and find it before an ancient warlock and his followers find it first. The premise of the phenomenal Master of Hounds is just this but so much more happens book lovers so do have a read of Master of Hounds and get lost in an unforgettable tale!

The story of Master of Hounds is one that I would define as a guilty pleasure thanks to the many fantastical magical moments that will bring out your inner child and make you read in bewilderment. The story is one that will be perfect for those that love to escape from reality and get lost for many hours and Master of Hounds will provide this thanks to the many fantasy elements that are laced throughout the book.

Master of Hounds is written in an easy to read way, however, the text is never too simplistic, it is instead easy to read but detailed and its literature is laced with many thrilling components and shocking secrets that will excite readers for hours and will ensure that readers will be entertained and turning the pages with haste from beginning to end… I know I was! As well as this Master of Hounds is a novel that is incredibly well-developed and this is thanks to Manley and his plot development and how flawlessly he develops his world. The world development courtesy of Manley is genuinely shockingly brilliant because it is filled with immaculate detail as every event, character, and setting is well thought out and the result is an entertaining read that is unforgettable and will stay in readers minds for weeks.

As I read Master of Hounds I was drawn in by Manley’s spellbinding literature that took my breath away; the detail is incredible and detailed, but it is never too heavy and detailed that it makes the text a struggle to read. Instead, Manley has ensured that the detail perfectly works with the story so that the reader will be able to fully immerse themselves in the book without difficulty and picture themselves in the story and with the protagonists on their journey.

As well as the story being a thrilling one it is also a unique piece of fiction that took my breath away on more than one occasion. The pacing of the story was wonderfully written and plotted so that I did not get bored at any given time; never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that this incredible book is a compelling piece of work that draws the reader in and captivates them to read it quickly!

C. Steven Manley is a magnificent writer who flawlessly writes his fantastic journey with ease. Manley’s flawless writing combined with his intriguing characterization make Master of Hounds a stellar read that will keep you hooked until the very end. Manley ensures that readers are entertained throughout, and he does this by lacing twists and turns throughout the book to ensure readers will never get bored.

Now that I have finished Master of Hounds I can honestly write that Manley is soon becoming a favorite author of mine and this is thanks to his gorgeous, and rich literature that will perfectly enthrall a reader. The writing laced throughout this book can only be described as dreamy thanks to the excellent descriptions of the beautiful but also harsh but intriguing scenery and the characters. The descriptions, especially of the magical elements and monsters are vivid and, and so I am incredibly impressed how Manley was able to do this and how versatile he is in his writing ability.

Overall Master of Hounds is a sensational, dramatic and thrilling book that should not be missed so I, of course, have to award this novel five stars! So please, have a read of this novel and get lost in a magical world unlike our own! You will not regret it book lovers.

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Master of Hounds. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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