Treif Magic (The Book of Ze'ev 1) by John Baltisberger
Ze'ev leads a strange double life, as an exorcist and monster hunter for the Jewish Community of Texas. What starts as a seemingly standard exorcism reveals him to the schemes of a sordid necromancer who will stop at nothing to kill anyone who stands in his way.
Can Ze'ev beat the odds and put an end to the necromantic cult festering in the heart of Texas, or will he end up being the victim of Treif Magic?
Includes over 65 footnotes explaining Hebrew and Jewish terms and concepts.
Every time I read a Baltisberger book I am amazed at the level of content and information I read. I always walk away learning something new and extremely interesting. Wrap all of that around an Jewish exorcist in Texas and you have on hell of a read. Excellent, well written, the thought that John takes on each page is mind blowing.
Treif Magic by John Baltisberger is a fantastic and unique urban fantasy horror, and I truly hope to see more of these. This supernatural horror story is based on Jewish lore and mysticism, a largely overlooked premise in horror. And I love it! Treif Magic is engrossing and fast-paced. The story rolls with intrigue, suspense, and vivid action. The characters are very well done and set the tone of the whole tale, from the dark humor to the darker horrors. Jewish exorcism is just one facet of this jewel of a tale. It also has a culturally different take on ghouls, necromancy, and other supernatural and demonic concepts often seen in urban horror. Baltisberger’s extensive knowledge of Jewish lore is evident in every page of the story and gives it authenticity and depth and flow. It opens up a new world of urban horror for those of us not versed in this rich history. And fear not, like many epic fantasy authors, John has provided footnotes for those terms you may not be able to put in context. This breakout novel adds a whole new dimension to the horror genre. It’s fresh and captivating and really fun read. Shelf-worthy and highly recommended.