When two college freshmen decide to spend their first Spring Break using the little magic they’ve learned to make big bank at the gambling tables of Las Vegas, little do they imagine that Vegas harbors a dark magical secret all its own. The whole place is run by magic — it was founded on magic — and they won’t believe who’s in charge.
FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Break The Bank | Escape Artists | College Magic | Magical Wars ]
“Matt Forbeck is the writer that other writers aspire to be: his work is unfailingly well-plotted, tightly paced, and imaginatively realized. He juggles humor and pathos with a deftness that defies literary gravity. I’m a huge fan of Matt’s work.”
— John Kovalic, author of Dork Tower,
illustrator of Munchkin and Apples to Apples
“Matt Forbeck is a promising new voice in science fiction, and with Angry Robot, he’s writing for an exciting new imprint. I’m sure that readers will be enjoying both their offerings for many years to come.”
“I have held my breath before; I have felt my heartbeat rise before; but never have I physically shaken from the rush generated from the action contained in a book until I read Vegas Knights… If you’re craving a fast-paced action adventure, skip a movie and grab a copy of Vegas Knights instead… This is popcorn fantasy at its best.”
“At times the story flies by at the pace of a CSI recap scene, and it is not easy to put this book down… I have no doubt that I’ll be reading this book again, which is the best thing I can ever say about a book.” 5 Stars!
“Forbeck has a fine ear for dialogue and is generally convincing in his characterizations. His portrayal of the glitz and excess of Vegas is equally strong, even when portraying fictional casinos and resorts… [T]he action sequences are imaginative and expertly presented.”
“Matt Forbeck delivers an electrifying roller coaster ride, filled with Magic, Poker, and so much more… This book was just a blast to read, I can’t even begin to do it justice… So if you see it on a shelf soon, buy it.” 5 Stars!
“What’s clever about the way Matt Forbeck has structured this novel is that the magic-heist stuff is a good enough hook to get you reading, but as it develops beyond that initial hook you don’t have much idea what’s going to come next. It builds on the smart concept intelligently, and the plot is well-constructed and compelling, goading you to keep reading.”
“You’ll find that you can get through this book pretty quickly, mainly because you simply won’t be able to put it down… The plot of this novel is well constructed, and written in a way that you don’t know what’s coming next… Should you buy this book? Yes. It’s a fantastic read, and a must for any fans of the fantasy genre.” 9 out of 10!
“I was hooked by the end of the first chapter… You always feel that there is more to be revealed, and that makes this a book that is hard to put down once you have started it… It is great entertainment, and if you have a taste for fantasy in a contemporary setting this is definitely worth checking out.”
“The quality of the writing is quite exceptional with such an easy reading, friendly yet clever style that immediately puts you at ease and grabs your attention in a vice-like grip from the very first chapters… It’s fantastic entertainment, and I loved every minute of it. Viva Las Vegas (Knights)!” FIVE STARS!
“Vegas Knights is a fast-paced, good-humoured caper of a book… Packed with all the excitement, violence and glamour you’d expect of old-school Vegas — including a nail-biting chase through the halls and walls of a casino… [I] would say it’s more Tim Powers’ Last Callmeets 21than Harry Potter meets Ocean’s Eleven… but the novel is not haunted by its predecessors. It has its own voice, and Forbeck puts his own stamp on the narrative.
[T]his has to be one of my favourite titles by this author. Not only is the plot cleverly woven but the characters rely on smarts rather than outright power which makes a serious change for the genre… Some seriously devious work has gone on underneath, and I’m starting to wonder which devil Matt did a deal with to be so creative.
[T]here’s more than enough here for me to say quite truthfully that I enjoyed the ride — strong, easily distinguishable characters, pop-culture references liberally scattered all over the place, a genuinely intriguing twist on the standard Urban Fantasy set-up and most of all, a writer who wasn’t afraid to write a fantasy story where every obstacle wasn’t surmounted with the equivalent of hurling fireballs at it.
If you like books with a lot of action, quick dialogue, and a consistently fast pace, this is up your alley. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, I think you’ll get a kick out of the story, although a love of magic isn’t required to enjoy this read. And if you’ve enjoyed a trip to Vegas? Definitely pick this up. I had pre-ordered this book for my library, and now I’m just waiting until it gets here so I can get it in the hands of our patrons. Yes, yes, I’m a book pusher…. But this book was so much fun that I want lots of people to read it!
The pacing is so hectic that it occasionally feels as if this could have been turned into a much longer novel, but on the plus side, this also means there’s not a dull moment to be found. (And how rare is it nowadays to find a fantasy novel that could have used more padding?) [I]t’s hard to imagine a more appropriate book to bring along and read by the pool if you’re planning a Vegas trip.
Vegas Knights is populated by a varied, realistic cast, all of whom are fun to read about… The dialogue is crisp and realistic… and Forbeck has created a rather winning ‘system’ of magic and how it affects the real world.