Fans of Robert Anton Wilson’s fast and loose approach to political conspiracy and Douglas Adams’s bumbling unwilling heroes will eat up Irving’s first batch of giddy, clumsy world-saving adventures, which launches the Last American Wizard series. A “mystical terrorist group” sacrifices an airplane full of innocents to a dragon and uses the deaths to power an event that wreaks magical havoc on Washington, D.C. All the wizards in the U.S. government’s employ abruptly lose access to magic, and the world’s computers and gadgets become sentient.
Second-string journalist Steven Rowan embodies the tarot’s Fool and is forced to figure out the card’s magic on the fly. Bombshell soldier Ace Morningstar, who used her magic to disguise herself as a man so she could become a SEAL, drafts Steve and his cell phone, which contains the ghost of a Chinese factory worker who now communicates through screen animations and bad autotranslations, to help fix the mess.
Gathering allies, including NSA supercomputer Barnaby and Ace’s BMW, Hans, the team fights off newly transformed demons, dog monsters, and ogres while trying to find out who is controlling the Illuminati before the villains embark on the next step of their world-domination strategy. Irving’s smart parody of Beltway life and his high-energy storytelling carry through to the end and promise to maintain momentum well into the next installment.
--Starred Review – Publishers Weekly
Mystically powered terrorists unleash volatile magic on the world, turning Washington, D.C., into a politically charged fantasyland ripe for human sacrifice…
Hope appears in the nation’s capital where, along with transforming Democrats into potbellied elves, Republicans into cantankerous dwarves, and Tea Party members into trolls, the Change has granted struggling freelance journalist Steve Rowan the abilities of the Tarot Arcana’s Fool card, making him a powerful, yet unreliable, wizard. Realizing his potential, he is “hired” by the trivia-obsessed sentient computer Barnaby and coupled with the attractive, no-nonsense female Navy SEAL Ace Morningstar to uncover the puppet masters behind the plane crash.
Irving (Courier, 2014, etc.), a producer of Emmy Award–winning news television and a journalist well-acquainted with the Beltway, makes good use of clichéd Washington stereotypes by mashing them together with fantasy tropes, breathing new life into political satire…. Like many first books in a genre series, the novel foreshadows a greater enemy behind all this madness while barely hinting at its identity, offering a wonderfully bizarre consolation prize as its denouement.
A clever, humorous fantasy….
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book that grabs you from the first page and keeps you wanting to know more. I'm not a big political fan, so I was happy to see that there was less about politics and much more about the growing powers of the central hero of the book and his fight to save the world from the people who want to destroy it and sacrifice innocent lives. The dialogue is witty and there is plenty of humor and action that keeps the story going, but really sets this book apart from the other fantasies I've read is the high-quality of the writing. Usually in these books when a normal guy gains powers it can feel like you're in a tween novel and it's pretty, but nothing really sticks with you. However, in this book, the characters have been so thoroughly designed that they stick with you and become memorable in your mind. This is a fantasy for adults and one that is bound to keep you fascinated till the very end.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As a part of Boundless Book Reviews, a book review blog, I am often the first of our little group to be offered anything fantasy; especially if dragons, magic or anything paranormal is part of the plot. These are my favorites and Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard did NOT disappoint. The characters were AWESOME, well developed and funny! The imagery was beautifully, and sometimes, grossly written; just the way I like it! The only negative is; it took me a minute to figure out what was going on and why, but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop. I can’t tell you much about this book without spoilers, but I can say, I highly recommend it! Whether you like magic, dragons, paranormal, action, drama, or suspense; this is the book for you. Overall, I rate it with a very strong 4.5 Boundless Stars....Beth
In The Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard, author Edward B. Irving weaves a riveting urban fantasy tale full of witty humor and political satire. Three suicide attackers with mystical powers summon a dragon via a tarot card to bring down a 747, chaos erupts, and brings with it an unforeseeable change. Washington D.C. morphs into a new landscape of magical swords and sorcery. Regular people are turning into mythical creatures causing the creation of a chaotic world easily seized by an unknown power that has caused the shift. The nation's capital is in utter chaos, and the government's ruling parties have changed: the Democrats have been turned into pot bellied elves, the Republicans into cantankerous dwarves, and the Tea Party members into trolls. Steve Rowan, a struggling freelance journalist has been given the ability of the Tarot major arcana's Fool card, causing him to become a powerful but unskilled and unreliable wizard. Steve is hired by a trivia-obsessed Sentient Computer named Barney, who resides in Steve's cell phone, along with the protection of a no-nonsense female Navy SEAL named Ace Morningstar, to find out who was behind the crash of the 747, and fix the unforeseeable change that was caused by the shift. In The Day of the Dragonking, author Edward B. Irving easily engages the reader to follow Steve and Ace's adventure in this fantastical tale interwoven with political satire. This fast paced and action packed tale has enough magical beings, political shenanigans, and mystical intrigue via the usage of tarot cards that easily engages the reader's attention, and keeps them guessing what will happen next at every riveting twist and turn. I have never been a big fan of urban fantasy novels, but I have to admit that when I read the book description for The Day of the Dragonking, I was intrigued enough by the author's interweaving of fantasy, political thriller with snarky satire, and the usage of mystical tarot cards, that I knew I had to read the book. As a tarot card enthusiast, I was pleasantly surprised that I found myself immediately drawn into this captivating story, it took me on a thrilling adventure, and left me wanting more. I really enjoyed the humor and witty political satire that was interwoven throughout The Day of the Dragonking. The author obviously utilized his lengthy experience as a Washington D.C journalist, to provide the reader with an entertaining story that takes them on one hell of a wild ride. I look forward to reading the next book in The Last American Wizard Series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I give this book 3.5 stars. Day of the Dragonking characters are quirky and diverse. This story line moves quickly and there is a lot of information to digest. It took a few chapters for me to figure out what was happening, but enjoyed the book once I did. There is violence in the book and may not be suitable for more sensitive readers. The setting for this book is present day Washington, D.C. Magically aided terrorists,with the help of one of the Old Gods, open a portal and sacrifice an airplane full of passengers to lure a dragon that will bring a out the Change. Except for Steve Rowan, a struggling freelance journalist, no one seems to notice or hear the plane crash. Now he is The Fool in the tarot deck of the new reality that only a few people can see. Steve must figure out his new abilities on the fly. While The Fool doesn't know much, he holds all four powers and has the sun, moon, nature, and divine powers on his side. Swords and sorcery are all around. Aiding Steve on his quest are Ace Morningstar a Navy Seal (the Ace of Swords), Barnaby a sentient computer occupying the core of the NSA computer, Send Money his cheap knockoff cell phone, Hans who is Ace's BMW SUV, and a full cast of unlikely characters. Will Steve and his allies survive and save the world? Have the Freemasons taken sides in the fight? What about the Illuminati? Will they figure out who is the ultimate puppet master pulling the magical strings in this new reality? Is there an even bigger sacrifice being planned and can they stop it from happening? Join Steve and his allies as they travel around Washington, D.C. visiting statues, landmarks, historical sites, and historical figures looking for answers. You never know who or what they will find.