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I have just finished reading spells and sleeping bags It is the 3rd in the series and I found I didn't suffer from not reading the fist two. Is a fun book along the lines of 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'
So far all off them are really good reads!
It was very good, if a little long and wordy. He starts out having the POV do the same thing over and over (traveling around). He uses it as a way to pass information about the world set up on to the reader, and to paint in the background. Its not bad, but its a newbie thing, and could have been tighter. The author also not only assumes that you are from the UK, but that you are a native of London. I was fine with most of it, but could put others off.
The main character an exorcist, Felix Castor, is down and out. He mistakenly welded a demon into the body/soul of his best friend while trying to exorcise the demon. Because of that he has given up exorcism, and is using his magic to entertain - at kids' parties.
For various reasons he gets sucked into a job of exorcising a ghost from the Bonnington Archive. It houses old documents, not important enough to be on display in museums. The case is more than it seems. He ends up trying to track down who the ghost is, and how she came to be dead, rather than just exorcising her. The trail leads him into the sites of a porn-monger/pimp and East End crime boss. Someone calls up a Succubus to drain him to death and when she is prevented in their first encounter she stalks him, and pops up at interesting moments.
The writing was good, if a bit wordy and occasionally too colloquial. The main character was likable and believable. The minor characters were interesting and not too flat. There were several that should be recurring and they were quirky. The story was interesting.
All in all a very good first book. I will read the next one in the Felix Castor series.