A Reluctant Druid – Fairly decent first book.

A Reluctant Druid (The Milesian Accords, #1).
By Jon R. Osborne.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Centuries ago, the followers of the new gods defeated the old gods and the folk of legend, banishing them from the world of man. With their departure, magic faded from the land.

The Milesian Accords had provisions for a new challenge, though, and the Exiled Gods have sent their minions back to our world to seek out a champion to fight for them and a druid able to wield the magic needed to fulfill the challenge.

A descendant of the druid who participated in the original challenge, Liam Knox doesn’t know anything about the Accords or his ancestors, but those seeking to maintain the status quo are hunting him, and the beings of myth are doing their best to convince him to help the Exiled Gods return to the world of man, bringing magic back with them.

Liam is faced with a choice he doesn’t want, and if he chooses wrong, he risks more than his own life—he could end the world as we know it. And he’s running out of time to decide. 

Well, this was a fairly decent first book in this new (for me at least) urban fantasy series.

It is pretty standard urban fantasy fare but it is a kind of story that I generally like. Our main protagonist, although being a self proclaimed druid, thought it was all just about some old religion or belief. That magic would actually be real was not something he even contemplated. So when magic comes nocking on his door, literally, his world is turned upside down.

I like the main protagonist, or rather protagonists in plural since there are two of them. There are several other likable characters in the story as well.

The overall story is quite good. I like it. However, this was but the first book in the series. It now depends on what the author makes of this story in the coming books if this series takes off or if it falls flat.

My main gripe with the story so far would be that parts of it was too rushed. More specifically, that people just accepted that magic was real and that they had a role to play way too easily. A missed opportunity actually. At least for me since, in this kind of story, I really like the surprise bits when people actually discover that there are things that go bump in the night.

Anyway, I guess I will have a go at the second book in the series as well then.

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