Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It Happened One Doomsday - Who Knew the 4 Horseman Could Drive Cars!

TITLE: It Happened One Doomsday (Dru Jasper #1)
AUTHOR: Laurence MacNaughton
PUBLISHING DATE: July 12, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: Magic is real. Only a handful of natural-born sorcerers can wield its arcane power against demons, foul creatures, and the forces of darkness. These protectors of the powerless are descendants of an elite order. The best magic-users in the world.

Unfortunately, Dru isn’t one of them.

Sure, she’s got a smidge of magical potential. She can use crystals to see enchantments or brew up an occasional potion. And she can research practically anything in the library of dusty leather-bound tomes she keeps stacked in the back of her little store. There, sandwiched between a pawn shop and a 24-hour liquor mart, she sells enough crystals, incense, and magic charms to scrape by. But everything changes the day a handsome mechanic pulls up in a possessed black muscle car, his eyes glowing red.

Just being near Greyson raises Dru’s magical powers to dizzying heights. But he’s been cursed to transform into a demonic creature that could bring about the end of the world.

Then she discovers that the Harbingers, seven fallen sorcerers, want to wipe the planet clean of humans and install themselves as new lords of an unfettered magical realm. And when they unearth the Apocalypse Scroll, the possibility of a fiery cosmic do-over suddenly becomes very real.

There’s only one chance to break Greyson’s curse and save the world from a fiery Doomsday – and it’s about to fall into Dru’s magically inexperienced hands...

This book was so much fun and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Dru Jasper runs a crystal shop where she helps people solve problems with magic. She has never considered herself a sorceress like her mother, but instead sees herself as a geek who dabbles in magic and longs for normalcy. That's until Greyson walks into her store and into her life. Once they meet, sparks fly, literally and figuratively. Greyson is turning into a demon and has no idea why, not to mention that the previously week he had no idea magic existed. Dru and her friends, Opal and Rane, set out to help Greyson and basically save the world as they learn that he is quickly morphing into one of the 4 horses of the apocalypse.

While I actually feel this is a "light" urban fantasy book, I enjoyed it nonetheless. I have to give MacNaughton credit for his premise of the 4 horses taking earth by storm in the form of demons driving muscle cars. It's such an awesome concept and as the child one a once-upon-a-time drag racer, I probably don't have to say that muscle cars and fast rides excite me. I also really love MacNaughton's characters, especially Dru's best friend Rane. Rane has the ability to morph into whatever geological substance she is in contact with, which definitely helps in the battle against demons. She and Dru have a tenuous relationship at times, but the reader can tell they are really close and always have each other's back. There is sort of a love triangle in this book, and I really just want Dru to wake up and see what a jerk Nate is, but I have a feeling that's a story for a different book.

If you like urban fantasy which is light on the grit, but want to read an interesting new take on the 4 horses of the apocalypse, then you need to pick up this book. It's a whole lot of fun and a promising start to a new series.



  1. Ach! I was liking the sound of it until love triangle was mentioned. Love triangles are a total dealbreaker for me and I never read books that feature one. It's my pet hate in UF books. What a pity!

  2. This sounds like a fun one despite the love triangle. :)

  3. I'll be reading this soon, I hope! And I don't really mind about the love triangle:-)

  4. Great review, I'm so excited seeing all these positive posts about this book. Really looking forward to diving in soon.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. I really have been wanting to try a book that involves the 4 horsemen in some way, so this sounds like it could be good. I light my urban fantasy gritty though, so I'm a little hesitant for that reason. I'll put it as a maybe and consider it :-)

  6. I enjoyed this too, yes, agreed, light fantasy, loved the concept though like you. And just well done and entertaining.
    Lynn :D

  7. Ohh awesome review Barb! This one really looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley. Plus I haven't read a book with the four horsemen in them. Thank you for the great post my friend.