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Off Leash Freelance Familiars #1

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When Thomas Khatt awakens to the magical world following the sudden violent death of his elderly Archmagus neighbor he doesn’t get the standard package of awesome power combined with a hero destiny Nope he trades his thumbs in for a tail tawny fur and four feet with a very low co efficient of friction on linoleum His destiny as one. Off Leash was a semi finalist in the 2nd annual Self Published Fantasy Blog Of

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Of three talking mountain lions in the magical world To be sold at auction and bonded to some pimply faced apprentice for life Thomas would rather eat dirty kitty litter Armed only with an impressive set of chompers and buckets of snark Thomas faces off against a lightning bolt throwing granny and a sexy union recruiter as he desperat. The SPFBO review will appear on Fantasy Faction

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Ely tries hold the threads of his old life together To stay off the leash he’ll have to take advantage of the chaos caused by the Archmagus’ death and help the local Inuisition solve his murder A pyromanic suirrel religious werewolves and cat hating cops all add to the chaos as Thomas attempts to become the first Freelance Familia. Absolutely fun read I was reminded of Barking in the amount of humorous refere

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  • Off Leash Freelance Familiars #1
  • Daniel Potter
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About the Author: Daniel Potter

There is than one author with this nameDaniel Potter has always been inspired by the mysteries of the world His early interest lead him to become avid researcher as well as gamer and writer After obtaining his PhD in vascular biology he began exploring fictional magic and spiritualism using his own particular scientific lense Daniel published the webcomic Walking the Lethe from 2010 2012



10 thoughts on “Off Leash Freelance Familiars #1

  1. says:

    5 magic starsAnd Flying fur balls This was AWESOMEImagine you wake up one morning and notice your hand is not a hand at all but a very large cat paw Because that's exactly what our MC here goes through Thomas Khatt awakens to the magical world following the sudden violent death of his elderly Archmagus neighbor A rather sudden awakening I might add that Thomas doesn't handle pretty well I mean who would? Trading thumbs in for a tail tawny fur and four feet with a very low co efficient of friction on linoleum is not a very good bargain after all Especially when the very next moment suirrels are not only talking to him but also coolly letting him know he is to be sold at auction and bonded to some pimply faced apprentice for lifeWhat do you think our man turned cougar's reaction was? After 'waiting for a while for the men in white coats to burst through the door and take him away' that is? D Panic of course And even uite a bit of fear after watching a lightning bolt throwing granny 'arrange furniture with tai chi moves' uite a bit of denial too because everything seemed a little bit absurd And then determination Because one thing was crystal clear Thomas wanted no part of this new Real World Armed only with an impressive set of chompers and buckets of snark he decides to make his own choices 'This cat won't be bagged' In other words Thomas has to accept that 'his life jumped down a green pipe into crazy land' and embrace his new furry four footed existence He has to deal with the talking weasels and angry little Scottish cats who wanted to box him off and erase his life; and at times even make sure to 'Don't use the brain' Especially when a little pyromanic suirrel is involved He obviously cannot lay low and spend his life hunting in the woods since as the 'bushy tailed maniac' aka talking suirrel nicely points out 'the deer would die of laughter with his pouncing accuracy' So Thomas decides to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and try his damnedest to stay off the leashFor that he will have to take advantage of the chaos caused by the Archmagus’ death and help the local Inuisition solve his murder And all the while escape the clutches of the lightning bolt throwing granny and a sexy union recruiter for the TAU who want him to be a good kitty and behave Religious werewolves and cat hating cops all add to the chaos as Thomas attempts to become the first Freelance Familiar Off Leash is a fun fast paced adventure from cover to cover It had me hooked from the very first chapter and I didn't want to set it down until I reached the end Full of snark and chuckle worthy moments this clever little tale will give the readers not only fun and laughter but also an impressive magic system and wonderful characters to root for They may be furry and four footed but still beautifully drawnAnd that is by far not all Underneath all that mayhem and trouble you'll get to read between the lines and decide about the use of power mages revel in with only a certain amount of responsibility And you will also get to see what a leash or cage may mean to certain creatures even if they're supposedly meant for the creatures' own good The prose is a pleasure the wordbuilding is great and the magic system impressive But the highlight of the book for me were the characters themselves That struggle in between human mind and animal body the behavior and little uips so typical to the animal species And don't even let me get started on the description of the bond to me that was extraordinarySuperb characterization uniue concept a complex plot full of unexpected twists and impressive magic complete with a whole load of snark and humor this book has it allThis one's A MUST READ my friendsFind this review and on my book review and cover art blog The Magic Book Corner

  2. says:

    Great wacky fun A fresh twist on urban fantasy fast paced and funny as hell I have to mention Potter's terrific ability to write what I can only describe as incredibly trippy seuences of magical immersion into other dimensions minds of monsters That might not make much sense you'll just have to read it to see what I mean Magic a magicians guild people getting turned into animals against their will a suirrel buddy character and a dragon Nuff said

  3. says:

    Off Leash was a semi finalist in the 2nd annual Self Published Fantasy Blog Off Full review on Fantasy Faction

  4. says:

    This started off brilliantly clever writing a great protagonist some wonderful use of humour and I was thoroughly enjoying it for the first third Then it became a little too 'wordy' for me long complicated accounts of how magic worked etc I ended up skimming those parts and at one stage I nearly abandoned it but the humour was still there and I carried on readingskimmingIts a difficult book to rate The first few chapters are s definite 5 star some of the middle bits are 1 star but I did read to the end and I have to say I will probably read the next book in the series so it gets 3 and a half stars rounded up to 4 simply because I read to the end

  5. says:

    35I was charmed by Off Leash I enjoyed Thomas' refusal to accept his given situation and insistence on doing the right thing The magic was surprisingly well developed and there was an interesting and amusing set of characters that were largely than shadows on the pageHowever I thought that as hard as Thomas tried to get his human self back we never fully came to grips with him I never missed him as anything other than an ideaFurther I thought the plot took so long to become apparent that it felt non existent Let me clarify that There is a plot but it ties itself together at the end and up until the last few pages when all the decisions Thomas makes throughout the book culminate it just felt like he was running around randomly reacting to stimuli placed before him It seemed a bit scatteredLastly I had a little trouble placing the genre It's fantasy certainly and if it weren't for the cursing and obliue references to sex I'd call it upper Middle Grade Fantasy especially with the illustrations that feel geared toward young readers but there is cursing and references to sex though not a lot sonot MG despite feeling MG The whole thing had a bit of a Terry Pratchett feel in the sense that it's sometimes ridiculous just for the sake of ridiculousness There were a few delicious ironies humor and some very readable writing So if you like that sort of book pick this one up

  6. says:

    The SPFBO review will appear on Fantasy Faction

  7. says:

    This book has a fantastic start Thomas Khatt did you cat that? wakes one day and has turned into a cougar He can't speak or shapeshift back He's now a feline for the rest of his life Just great I lose my voice but I get to keep my spare tire? Further proof that the universe itself is a sadistic bastardHe tries to use a computer wash and plenty of other things It was pretty hilarious and curious his situation that you can't help but keep reading One or two days and I'd be sticking my tongue where the sun don't shine without a thought about it Thomas is still very much at war with the idea that grooming with his tongue is sanitary I know he'd love a good brushingFantastic But then the book starts spending a huge amount of time explaining the magic system How or why people can turn into a familiar The politics of the magi world Bonding contracts Wards runes and other stuff The Council of whoeverSo instead of just playing along with the hilarious and lighthearted approach the book starts trying to be too seriousI think there's a problem nowadays when people think that magic needs to be almost scientifically explained instead of it just existing To simply have the story not solve everything with it or just keeping the limitsexplanations with the authorThen a lot of meandering around and what sealed the deal introducing too many characters left and right without giving them much page time and conseuently depthFor example the book begins when Archmage Archibald dies in front of Thomas and he becomes a cat It's clear later he was murdered? But who was he? We don't really know He wanted to kill the council? For what? And we never even see this council Then Sabrina appears and puts a spell on Thomas to allow him to talk After a little while she disappears from the story until the very endAngelica is Thomas' girlfriend who is mentioned in the beginning as Thomas thinks how she's gonna see the situation Then she is forgotten appears near the end disappears again reappears The same goes for Rudy a pyromaniac suirrel that shooks small fireworks like bazookas Then Cornealius Cindy Oric O'Meara a pack of werewolves a dragon some other familiars and stuff keep appearing very briefly and fading The dragon was curious and O'Meara had the most page time for a secondary character But she also disappears for a lot of timeI think that's the problem after the beginning The idea was great but then the story didn't know where it wanted to go from thereI even forgot who some of those characters were When we discover who killed Archibald I didn't had emotional investment neither on him nor on the killer The Council of Magi by the end had three open spots and that meant utter chaos for them but it was just impossible to connect with the event I think that the story lacked focus It was too disperse and the secondary characters too many with very little page time which in turn also affected Thomas' characterization as he never got to be close with anyone except O'Meara who also disappears for a huge part of the story just when they had started going Catnapped I was getting catnapped The fucking bastards were catnapping meThe concept was pretty good the humor is great and the beginning is fantastic I also appreciated Thomas refusal to simply bow down and accept things thrown at him Unfortunately after that it tried to do too many things at once and none got the depth it deserved specially considering the short length of the bookI received this from NetGalley so thanks to them for the read

  8. says:

    Absolutely fun read I was reminded of Barking in the amount of humorous references and clever twists on common folk wisdom Currently a bargain price tooThomas Khatt has a disturbing experience when he witnesses the death by hit and run of his elderly neighbor The next morning he wakes up in a new body having been somehow transformed into a cougar As you can imagine this takes some getting used to Before very long though he is introduced to a mostly hidden world of wizards and mages talking animal familiars towering egos and power rivalries and the TAU TAU is the Talking Animals Union a powerful cohort of familiars ostensibly created to protect the lives and rights of its members but just possibly also a cartel that sells them into slavery for its own profitMuch fun some of it rather scary is bound to follow Thomas first meets the pyromaniac suirrel Rudy who keeps predators at bay by using fireworks Various human and non human factions inuisitors and slave traders are close on the suirrel's tail A pack of hill billy werewolves a manic war between two powerful witches and a huge dragon who has been trapped and abused for at least a century enter the frayAfter numerous confrontations and conflagrations things do come to a satisfying conclusion but additional novels are promised I'll be looking for them I promiseThis is a very promising first novel and I recommend it A very few small typos and glitches in the ebook text did not seriously detract from the experience

  9. says:

    Full review is here on my blogThis was a fun book with a very interesting premiseThomas Khatt is a regular guy in a regular town when suddenly his secretly magical neighbor dies and he wakes up the next day as a cougar He’s in a magical world and is a familiar an animal companion to a magus Usually they are auctioned off and bonded to some apprentice or other but Thomas has other ideas because eff all that noise He’s not bonding to anyone forever but to stay freelance he’ll have to help the local magical detectives solve the murder of his neighbor the ArchmagusYep Interesting premise as I saidThis book made me chuckle uite a few times and any book that does that is generally looking to be a pretty good book It was well written well paced and the mystery stayed a mystery throughout most of the book I was interested in seeing Thomas navigate this new and mysterious world with his new and sometimes awkward feline body than I was interested in the whodunnit but that didn’t make this book any less interestingThomas was a character that I could easily cheer for as his whole world is suddenly thrown into chaos and everything is magical there are pyromaniac suirrels and fanatic werewolves among other things Some of the background characters were often hilarious but never stole the show so to speakThe narrator Jonathan Waters did a pretty great job in my opinion He made each character uniue and made the story come to life Some of the accents seemed a little forced but this book has a lot of accents peppered through it and so for someone to do than one capably is actually uite amazing to me just for startersSo all told this was a uick fun listen that served to make a nice Sunday afternoon of listening and giggling while I worked on a cross stitch

  10. says:

    DifferentFun and LOTS of action unusual point of view Not a exactly a cliffhanger but enough unresolved arcs to support a series

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