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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 30mm | 359.99g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Orbit
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0316253391
  • 9780316253390
  • 177,996

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"This debut introduces a self-deprecating, wisecracking, and honorable-to-a-fault hero who can stand up to such established protagonists as Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and Seanen McGuire's October Daye. Combining action and romance -- with an emphasis on action -- this is a top-notch new series opener for lovers of urban fantasy." Library Journal (Starred review)"show more

About Elliott James

An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that's what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores. Irrationally convinced that cellphone technology was inserted into human culture by aliens who want to turn us into easily tracked herd beasts, Elliott has one anyhow but keeps it in a locked tinfoil covered box which he will sometimes sit and stare at mistrustfully for hours. Okay, that was a lie. Elliott lies a lot; in fact, he decided to become a writer so that he could get paid for more

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"Loved it! Charming is a giant gift basket of mythology and lore delivered by a brilliant new voice in urban fantasy. Elliott James tells stories that are action-packed, often amusing, and always entertaining." Kevin Hearne, author of Houndedshow more

Rating details

4,835 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 21% (1,031)
4 43% (2,091)
3 28% (1,336)
2 6% (283)
1 2% (94)

Our customer reviews

John Charming is a former modern-day Knights Templar; a group dedicated to keeping the supernatural community in line. The problem is he is also an abomination. His mother was bitten by a werewolf when she was pregnant with him. Years later he began showing signs of becoming a werewolf but never actually shifting and needed to run from those who trained him. However, his oath magically obligates him to continue to keep the monsters in line. Now he finds himself helping the beautiful vampire huntress and her friends in preventing a vampire hive killing spree, while not drawing the attention of the Knights Templar. I really enjoyed Charming. It has an interesting plot and wonderful characters. Elliott James does an outstanding job at keeping you guessing about what’s going to happen next as well as who can be trusted. I especially like John’s personality. His comments are priceless. He makes an exceptional main character who I look forward to reading more about in future Pax Arcana novels. This was the first book I read by Elliott James. He is a gifted writer. I love his humor. He kept me entertained through the entire book. Charming would make a great movie. It has lots of actions and mystery. I look forward to the next book in the series, Darling. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest more
by Diane Lynch
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