Review: Daring (Pax Arcana #2) by Elliott James

October 16, 2014 Review 0

Review: Daring (Pax Arcana #2) by Elliott JamesDaring by Elliott James
Series: Pax Arcana #2
Published by Orbit on September 23, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Kissing, intimate situations
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars


Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin.

Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar—keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind—who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell a human from a mile knight except one.

John Charming. Ex knight. Current werewolf. Hunted by the men who trained him, he now might be their only salvation. But animal instincts are rising up to claim John more powerfully than ever before, and he must decide if this new leader of wolves is a madman...or a messiah.

DARING is the second novel in an urban fantasy series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale.

With DARING, the second book in the Pax Arcana series, Elliott James becomes an urban fantasy author to watch. DARING manages to take everything I liked about book one and keep it, chuck everything I hated, and not come across as a sophomore slump. It's a surprisingly good read that really steps up the series.

The first time around, in CHARMING, John's narration was very distracting and off-putting for me. This time around, it's toned down, so there's less addressing the reader directly, but still with quite a bit of snark and amusing one-liners. With an entirely different cast of characters, we get to see John in a different light, and he comes off far more sympathetic than he did in CHARMING. All in all, the John of DARING was a vast improvement of the John of CHARMING.

DARING was full of action and plot twists, just like CHARMING, and the plot was fast-paced and exciting for the most part. There was a lot less explanation of the Pax Arcana spell and the world itself, and more of things actually happening. The middle section got a little slow, but the beginning and ending more than made up for it, cramming in the action while managing not to feel like you were rushing through the good bits.

All in all, I was quite impressed with DARING. I know I'll be picking up FEARLESS, the third book in the Pax Arcana series, when it comes out next August.


Series Titles:
  1. Charming - 3/5
  2. Daring
  3. Fearless
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  • For other series with a male protagonist, try Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne or Strange Fates (Nyx Fortuna #1) by Marlene Perez.
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