Come, Seeling Night: Paxton Locke Book 3 by Daniel Humphreys Book Review

After thwarting Tlaloc in the last volume, Paxton Locke now needs to retrieve his girlfriend from his mother’s clutches [Silver Empire affiliate link]. The only problem is he’s in top-secret need-to-know magician jail until Division M figures out what to do with him. Of course, hilarity ensues. You shouldn’t expect any less.


While there are clearly more books to come in the Paxton Locke series, this volume also just as clearly wraps up the major sequence of events started by his mother’s coven in volume 1. It also functions as Paxton’s initiation into manhood.

The rite of passage by which a boy becomes a man is nearly a universal feature of human cultures. Ours doesn’t consciously retain it, but the structure of the rite of passage is something that resides deep in anthropology. First, the boy must be separated from his former life. Paxton’s mom did an effective job of that by ritually murdering his father and then going to prison. Next comes the period of preparation, when the boy learns the mysteries of his people and endures feats of pain. Once this is complete, the boy can be then be re-integrated into the community, with both a new status and new responsibilities.

I sure wouldn’t want to do it the way Paxton did, but at least he got to punch evil in the face along the way. While this is very much a story as old as time, it also is not the end. I appreciate that having reached the cusp of manhood and finding a new home, Paxton’s story will go on. As remarkable as his adventures have been already, I think Paxton is due for more adventures.

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