July 22, 2021

#BookReview: A Grimoire for Gamblers (The Trove Arbitrations Book 1) by Amanda Creiglow

Synopsis: Magic may be secret, but it’ll kill you anyway.

Small town mayor’s assistant Elizabeth has enough on her plate grieving her father’s suicide. She doesn’t need his stash of magical knowledge in the attic. She doesn’t need the hidden supernatural subculture of monsters it pulls her into. And she certainly doesn’t need hints that her father’s madness might have been a smokescreen for something far darker.

But uncovering her father’s secrets could be the only way Elizabeth can stop a string of suspicious suicides… if the local wizard doesn’t rip the memories out of her mind, first.

Wizards, right?


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was a great story with wonderful flow and amazing characters. The flow of the book weaved a great story which made this urban-fantasy hard to put down.  I loved the characters and the single POV. I can not wait for the next book in the series. 


"A cut above the usual made-from-box-mix urban fantasy, with a sensible, capable (sometimes to the point of ruthlessness) protagonist." - The Review Curmudgeon 

"This was a delight to read, being quite easy to get into and having a good adventure along the way. [...] I pretty much devoured this book within a day or two and really loved it." - onemorepage.net 

"Creiglow has fashioned a book that only gets more complex and interesting with every page. [...] The feels, the action, and a whole lot of fun... A Grimoire for Gamblers is a debut that should be on many TBRs!" - PaulsPicks.blog 


Here's what Goodreads reviewers have had to say about A Grimoire for Gamblers:

"A multilayered fantasy peopled with interesting, relateable characters. The author entwines magic, loss and grief and creates a quirky yet immensely readable novel."

"This quickly became one of my favorite urban fantasies. The setting is dark and intriguing, the characters are larger than life, and the world is complex and ever changing."

"I really liked Elizabeth and felt like her character had a good balance of positive and negative qualities. She was flawed and wasn't over-powered and had some aspects of her personality that I could relate to. I think that she was a well made and well developed character."

"When we think of the term "origin story," we typically think of it in reference to superheroes, though I've found that urban fantasy protagonists typically have them as well. This is a good one. And Elizabeth is a good protagonist too, along the lines of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Ilona Andrews' Dina Demille. I'm looking forward to seeing where her story goes, what new creatures she meets and obstacles she overcomes."

"A grimoire for gambles is an interesting and new urban fantasy. The worldbuilding done by the author is fantastic. She gradually takes the readers with the protagonist in to a dark and magical world where mythical creatures live secretly among humans. Especially the magic system is very refreshing and unique."

"Okay, I really enjoyed this one even though urban fantasy does not always work for me, so I'm really glad I gave this one a chance. [...] What really shone for me in this book was our heroine Elisabeth. She is smart, compassionate, thoughtful, perceptive, courageous and tough. I could relate to her thought processes a lot which is always helpful for getting immersed in a story. There is also a colourful ensemble of side characters who are all complex - neither cookie cutter good nor bad guys. The world of supernatural creatures and magic carries plenty of promise, as does her relationship with her boyfriend Faisal and I am very much looking forward to any next parts in this series."

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