Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Advocatus. Many thanks to The Write Reads for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The Book: Advocatus tells the tale of Felix, a junior lawyer with one last case before he can strike out on his own.
His client? A terrifying magical warlord accused of, amongst other horrifying crimes, two counts of Attempted Genocide (and six counts of Theft). His plea? Innocent, of course! All in a day’s work for Felix.
Psychic frogs, downtrodden goblins, time-travelling wizards, and a whole host of other magical defendants become his caseload as Felix begins trying to make a name for himself as a successful lawyer in a world rife with sorcery.
The biggest case of his life: defending humanity in front of Habeus, the God of Justice himself. Lose, and it’s all over. Not just for him, but for the whole of mankind.
The Review: This is both a familiar and unfamiliar read. The familiar comes from the fact it’s a legal thriller but with similarities to our own legal system for the most part. The unfamiliar comes from the people that Felix defends as a junior lawyer. Felix is a great character even though little is known about him outside of work, we definitely get to know his character through his work. He’s someone that sticks up for the people that others dismiss and isn’t put off by something that others would deem impossible.
We follow Felix as he takes on all sorts of cases and this introduces us to some of the wide range of characters that exist in his world. Don’t get the wrong impression though, while this book follows a lawyer and his cases it’s not boring in the slightest. Anything legal can sometimes give the idea that it’s dull and a bit of a snoozefest but this book definitely isn’t like that. There’s a lot of humour and depth of emotion in this story and that, combined with Felix himself, is what makes this story work. The story has journal entries interspersed through it which add to it and at times are a break between one event and another.
I feel I’m having trouble finding the words for this review, the recent heatwave definitely hasn’t helped matters! If you like crime fiction and/or legal fiction then this is definitely worth checking out. Equally if you like a bit of fantasy in your fiction this is also worth checking out. It’s both a fun and serious read with a fabulous cast of characters and, as the first in the series, it will be very interesting to see where this goes next.
Born on the Isle of Wight in the south of England, Alex now lives in South Wales with his wife and cat, where he divides his time between reading, writing and board games. Having always wanted to read a book about a lawyer in a fantasy world (but never successfully finding one), Alex finally realised that there was nothing else for it: he was going to have to write it himself. His other passion in life is a board game called Blood Bowl. He talks about it often in his podcast and one day hopes to compete in the Chaos Cup or other big global tournaments.
Check his podcast here: https://anythingbuta1podcast.wordpress.com
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