Book Review: In Numina by Assaph Mehr

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Book Description (Via Goodreads)

This is the second story of Togas, daggers, and Magic – for lovers of Ancient Rome, Hardboiled detectives, and Urban Fantasy.
A rich landlord finds tenants are abandoning his apartment buildings, spouting tales of horrific events and whispering that the old gods – the numina – came alive and cursed the buildings.
Enter Felix, a professional fox. Dressed in a toga and armed with a dagger, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Whenever there is a foul business of bad magic, Felix is hired to sniff out the truth. Now he must separate fact from superstition – a hard task in a world where the old gods still roam the earth.
In Numina is set in a fantasy world. The city of Egretia borrows elements from a thousand years of ancient Roman culture, from the founding of Rome to the late empire, mixed with a judicious amount of magic. This is a story of a cynical, hardboiled detective dealing with anything from daily life to the old forces roaming the world. 

What I Liked

Because I’m working on a project in the Roman world myself, I’m drawn to the universe of Felix the Fox. In this edition, I especially loved the foibles between Felix and Aemelia. Also, Cicero!

What to Be Aware Of

Being that this is a classic hard-boiled detective story, and being that Romans gave zero effs about modern filters and taboos: there are adulty language and scenes in this story. It blends well in both character and plot, but know that going in.


I love historical worlds, fantasy/magic, and solid murder mysteries. This story–and this series–have all three. It’s better to start with its predecessor, Murder in Absentia, but do check out this series by Assaph Mehr.

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