Dog Days (Dog Days #1) by John Levitt
This is the first book in John Levitt‘s series about Mason, a wizard who’s magical talent is improvisation. He’s got a lot of power but lacks the discipline to train properly, as if often the case with intrepid heroes and heroines. What’s neat is that his improvisational skills expand over to his normal job as a jazz musician.
In Dog Days, the first in what is now a three-book series, Mason has given up being a magical enforcer, and now makes a living playing jazz guitar. He lives with his ifrit, Louie, who’s a very special dog. He helps Mason out of jams, including the ones he finds himself in this story, as someone is taking out practitioners. Toss in some special duels and romantic entanglements and it makes for quite the story.
This is one of those rare urban fantasy series with a male protagonist. Most urban fantasy stories have female protagonists, and are written by women so this is something of an exception. I’m pleased to say that, despite my fears, it’s different from the other man wizard series I read (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher). There are some similarities but there are enough differences that the story felt fresh. Fresh enough that I’ve purchased the next two stories for my e-reader, at least. We’ll see how the series develops soon!