Hazard (West Hell Magic, #1)
Random Hazard has a stupid name and a terrible secret: he’s a wizard.Wizards aren’t allowed to play in the NHL, but Random Hazard will do anything for a chance to play pro hockey. When his teammate is about to get brained by a puck going fast enough to kill, Random has no choice but to use magic.Yes, he saved the guy’s life, but he destroyed his own.Kicked out of the NHL, the only thing left for him is West Hell, a freak league of shifters and drifters more blood sport than hockey.Being the first wizard in a league full of monsters might get him killed. Or it just might finally prove that magic and hockey do mix...

Hazard (West Hell Magic, #1) Details

TitleHazard (West Hell Magic, #1)
Author
ReleaseAug 20th, 2018
PublisherOdd House Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sports, Hockey, Sports and Games, Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Magic

Hazard (West Hell Magic, #1) Review

  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    This is an EXCITING fresh new read from one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, Devon Monk. It's easily can be simply a new-adult hockey contemporary fiction -- it has exhilarating hockey competitions, intense team rivalries, villain in form of a jackass of coach from the team nemesis, AWESOME FRIENDSHIP between the main characters, and a blossoming romance. BUT Monk adds a new flavor to it by making this URBAN FANTASY, so we have wizards and shapeshifters too. Of course I read hockey paranorm This is an EXCITING fresh new read from one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, Devon Monk. It's easily can be simply a new-adult hockey contemporary fiction -- it has exhilarating hockey competitions, intense team rivalries, villain in form of a jackass of coach from the team nemesis, AWESOME FRIENDSHIP between the main characters, and a blossoming romance. BUT Monk adds a new flavor to it by making this URBAN FANTASY, so we have wizards and shapeshifters too. Of course I read hockey paranormal/romance before, but this is not heavy on the romance, which is totally fine with me :). Also, it's nice that for once, an urban fantasy series that has nothing to do with the world ending.I cannot wait to see how Hazard takes more control of his magic and be comfortable with it. I cannot wait to read about what stores ahead for Spark -- Hazard's best friend and practically his brother. I am CURIOUS about Graves, wanting to know what kind of shifter he is, and whether he has personal intimate relationship with the Coach *cough cough*. And I want to read the Thunderbirds winning the championship, people!!Nope, no complaint what-so-ever :). A PERFECT read for me.
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  • Annie ~ From Top to Bottom Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    SO. AWESOME!Need book 2 asap! :D
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic start to a new series about a hockey league for 'Marked'.Random Hazard has everything he ever wanted within his grasp as he is a rookie drafted into the NHL, until a potentially fatal accident forces him to reveal his magic in order to save a fellow rookie's life. Excluded from the NHL Ran is tricked into trying out for the Portland Thunderbirds, a hockey league for shifters, sensitives and other magical beings.Imagine Harry Potter as a twenty-two year old hockey player, a magical novi Fantastic start to a new series about a hockey league for 'Marked'.Random Hazard has everything he ever wanted within his grasp as he is a rookie drafted into the NHL, until a potentially fatal accident forces him to reveal his magic in order to save a fellow rookie's life. Excluded from the NHL Ran is tricked into trying out for the Portland Thunderbirds, a hockey league for shifters, sensitives and other magical beings.Imagine Harry Potter as a twenty-two year old hockey player, a magical novice with immense talent, an anomaly, fighting his magic and you have may some idea of how this plays out. It's part bildungsroman, part sports romance, part urban fantasy with great characters and a fascinating piece of world-building and exploration of magic use. This promises to be a great series.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Aimed at teenagers,I think. I did finish but found it boring, which I wasn't expecting as I usually like this author. Kids might like it which is why I gave it 3 stars not 2. Some good hooks but they aren't developed and no character growth.
  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    I guess there is not enough male-centered books in the world, right?I mean boiz need to read about boiz to enjoy a novel, they're not able to relate to a female protagonist.
  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    (3.5 stars)I enjoyed this a lot more than I'd expected, but I should've known -- if it's Devon Monk, I'm gonna like it. I'm looking forward to the sequel featuring Duncan, Hazard's best friend & brother.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I like hockey in a non-fan way, but what’s not to like about wizards and shapeshifters, and it’s a new story by an author I’ve really enjoyed in the past, so I figured why not give it a try. Loved it! Yes, there’s a lot of hockey jargon, but hockey is a fast-paced, exciting sport and with all of the angst of a young man just learning to use his magic, and dangerous shapeshifters ready to attack, and a budding romance with a cute and talented young lady, there was a lot to like. Random Hazard jus I like hockey in a non-fan way, but what’s not to like about wizards and shapeshifters, and it’s a new story by an author I’ve really enjoyed in the past, so I figured why not give it a try. Loved it! Yes, there’s a lot of hockey jargon, but hockey is a fast-paced, exciting sport and with all of the angst of a young man just learning to use his magic, and dangerous shapeshifters ready to attack, and a budding romance with a cute and talented young lady, there was a lot to like. Random Hazard just wants to play hockey, and when he can’t play in the regular league because he has magic (which he’s been trying to suppress all his life), he turns to the Western Hybrid Hockey League, where all the freaks and monsters play, and where corruption and cheating abound. He’s accepted by the team that’s trying to bring the WHHL into legitimacy, by playing good clean hockey, and he and his teammates are determined to make their coach proud. Their main rival team isn’t going to make that easy though, and with Hazard still trying to get a handle on his magic, things just aren’t about to go smoothly for him or his team. This is the start of a new series, and I look forward to reading the next book, which will feature Hazard’s adopted brother Duncan, a wolf shifter.
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    Devon Monk is one of the few authors that is on my get-now list. As soon as I hear she has a new one out, it's in the shopping cart or loaded on the Nook. There are a few that I have on the shelf that I am doling out slowly to savor so I haven't read everything she's written. Yet. Savoring.....Anyway this is a fun, fairly mellow UF by a favorite author and I am looking forward to the next one. I hope it comes out soon. I don't even dig hockey, but it didn't stop my enjoyment of this book. It was Devon Monk is one of the few authors that is on my get-now list. As soon as I hear she has a new one out, it's in the shopping cart or loaded on the Nook. There are a few that I have on the shelf that I am doling out slowly to savor so I haven't read everything she's written. Yet. Savoring.....Anyway this is a fun, fairly mellow UF by a favorite author and I am looking forward to the next one. I hope it comes out soon. I don't even dig hockey, but it didn't stop my enjoyment of this book. It was the magic that drew me in. The way it's described. Magic is music and color. How it affects Random when he channels it even though he's been hiding his ability pretty much his whole life. I liked the way he felt guilty for using magic, for hiding magic from his family, for feeling the way he did when he got knocked out of his dream and had to take a substitute. Watching him accept his life, protect his family and friends and teammates and learn how to use his magic. Really looking forward to the next in the series. I hope it's out soon, Devon!! Definite recommend for this book and author!
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  • William Howe
    January 1, 1970
    You could taste the hockeyThe whole world felt very real. The characters had depth, the plot had layers, the descriptions of the game had a visceral quality that is the hallmark of good writing. I look forward to the next book.A few off notes: he should have spoken to Coach after the diner scene with Nowak; his wizard teachers didn’t seem to do...anything; more could have been said about him eating, especially after the big blowout.I will buy the next novel. Best recommendation I know.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't really sure what to expect, because magic and hockey seemed to be an unusual pairing. I like Devon Monk and I like hockey, though, so I thought, "why not?" I hate writing reviews, so this isn't going to be particularly informative, but I wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one. There are quite a few interesting directions this series could take, and there are an equal number of characters whose backstories I am curious about. If you're on th I wasn't really sure what to expect, because magic and hockey seemed to be an unusual pairing. I like Devon Monk and I like hockey, though, so I thought, "why not?" I hate writing reviews, so this isn't going to be particularly informative, but I wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one. There are quite a few interesting directions this series could take, and there are an equal number of characters whose backstories I am curious about. If you're on the fence about it, give it a chance.
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  • Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
    January 1, 1970
    It doesn't get betterIce skates, blood sport name of Randoms and urban fantasy.... what fun. A fella with the unlikely name of Random Hazard whose dream is the NHL.In a Pacific Northwest, wherein there are shifters, sensitive, and wizards... the ice is hot and folks marked by magic are banned from pre magic pro sports.More please...
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  • Waverly
    January 1, 1970
    Hockey + shifters... and a reluctant wizard. Very interesting and enjoyable story with the kookiness that one would expect from Devon Monk's imagination. (I'm still hoping for more Ordinary Magic!)
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful!!!!Enjoyed this book so much. I am a Hockey lover and paranormal fan. This mixed the two together and I could not book the book down. Can not wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Ebony Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Love this book!I haven't read Devon Monk in awhile and I forgot what a great writer she is! I know nothing about hockey but I felt like I was there in every game. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Good storyI don’t know anything about hockey but I know Devon Monk is a good writer. Even though hockey is foreign to me, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story, the characters or the great dialog. I look forward to the next story.
  • Tânya
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing series (to come)I am such a Devon Monk fan, I don't know where to begin - maybe with the amazing storyline, or the so down to earth characters, how about the fact that this is about ice hockey.
  • Helen M. Whitchurch
    January 1, 1970
    Sports Fantasy Wizards aren't allowed in NHL. But there is another league and it now has a gifted wizard. Sherry Laurenston's shifters league would make mincemeat of them but everyone sees these players.
  • Harold Reavley
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the characters, interesting world. I don't even like hockey and enjoyed the book.
  • Polly
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not much of a hockey fan, but, I'm a Devon Monk fan. This book was fun! Taught me a littleabout hockey and a lot about how a team comes together. Fun fun fun!
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story. Light and very much YA.
  • Sooz Anzalone
    January 1, 1970
    Fun readI am not much for Hockey, but Devon Monk weaves it into a great story about a man who loves hockey, that happens to be a wizard.
  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    A little different from my usual genre, but it's hockey, so I had to read it. Well written, great discription and good flowing story. Definately more to come in this series, I'm sure.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Fun interesting world and hockey love. It made me happy. I can't wait for more.
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