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Roll up, roll up! Welcome to my spotlight post on Calico Thunder Rides Again by T A Hernandez.

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Calico Thunder Rides Again My Thoughts

As this is a spotlight post, I am sharing my impression having read only the prologue and 1st chapter of this book. I read completely blind, with no idea of what it’s about or even what genre it is. It opens with a circus performance, presented from the POV of a man who is accompanied by a boy. The circus atmosphere really creates an impression! My own memories of the circus came flooding back as I read the description of the trapeze artists performing above a fire. But this is no ordinary circus! Two griffins and a dragon then come on stage. At this point I’m super excited for the magic!

The man and boy go to introduce themselves to the circus owner and we learn that something nefarious and enchanted is afoot. I’m intrigued by the prologue and launch straight into chapter 1! I don’t want to give any more of the plot away but I’m enjoying it so far. I liked the pace of the story and it was easy to read, I’m curious about the characters and about the dragon Calico Thunder. There’s a glossary at the start which introduces the magical world. I promised to do a spotlight review based upon my first impressions of reading only to the end of Chapter 1. I’ve broken off reading to write this post but I can’t wait to get back to reading… so I will definitely finish this book and likely very quickly!

Calico Thunder Rides Again came 7th in the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Awards 2020. It is out now in ebook, paperback and hardback (affiliate links):

Cover Blurb for Calico Thunder Rides Again

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Most Fantastic Show on Earth…

Three years ago, the Ban changed everything, outlawing certain forms of magic and bringing about the rise of powerful crime syndicates. Now, speakeasies in every city sell illegal charms and jinxes, and bootleggers traffic restricted potion ingredients across the country. But even in this changing world, the magic of the circus still acts as a wondrous escape and provides entertainment for all.​

Jake Strickland owns one such circus, inherited after an accident ended his career as a rodeo dragon rider. He also inherited the circus’ financial troubles, but since the show became his, he’s slowly managed to turn it into a profitable business once more. Or at least, that’s what he thought.

When a dangerous mobster comes to collect an old debt, Jake resorts to desperate measures to get the money before a strict deadline. With lives and livelihoods at stake, he battles the clock, his responsibilities to the circus, and a longstanding personal grudge that has festered for years. Can he pay back the mob before it’s too late?

If you enjoy fantasy novels, why not check out my review for the brilliant Amari and the Night Brothers.

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