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Coyote's Creed: Broken Mirrors [Kindle Edition]

Vaughn R. Demont
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Book Description

Always have an ace up your sleeve.

Broken Mirrors, Book 1

If con games were taught in high school, Spencer Crain would be on the honor roll. As it is, he’ll be riding the edge of failure to graduation next month. Then Spence gets the news that his long-gone father is not only dead, but was a Coyote, one of three clans of tricksters in the City.

With a near-catatonic mother on his hands, Spence couldn’t care less about the Coyotes’ ongoing feud with the Phouka and the Kitsune—until it lands on his doorstep. Suddenly he’s thrown headfirst into a dangerous world he knows next-to-nothing about. His only guide is Rourke, dashing King of the Phouka, plus a growing pack of half-siblings, a god, and Fate herself.

As Spence embarks on a journey to learn the Coyote’s creed, the truth about his heritage, and how to handle his growing attraction to Rourke, he wonders when his life turned from TV sitcom to real-life danger zone. And what price must he pay to survive the next roll of the dice…

Warning: Contains PG-13 rated violence, R-rated language and X-rated hotel scenes. Meta-humor, pop-culture humor, utter disregard for the 4th wall abound.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (11 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BSMXDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bull's eye 16 Dec. 2011
By Furio
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is far from perfect but it has that unmistakable quality that keeps one awake at night to finish it.

After "House of Stone" I was expecting quite a lot from Mr Demont and he did not disappoint me.
Gone are the usual M/M romances, usually written by women, with their childish conflicts and impossibly conflicted characters.
Gone are the closeted gay men who suddenly discover they are falling hard for a dark, brooding, impossibly gorgeous vampire/werewolf/werecat/were-I-don't-know-what.
Gone are all the stereotypes that clutter most of M/M stuff, be they fantasy, romance or horror.
Last but not least, gone are the very short unsatisfying novellas sold for 6, 8, 10 or more dollars.

The general setting of this new series is the same as that of House of Stone, even if none of those characters appears here: it is just the same unidentified American city where any possible kind of supernatural creature lives side by side with unaware humans.
Spencer is an eighteen-year-old boy, struggling to make the several loose threads in his life meet until he discovers the non human world of which he is part, being a half blood, a discovery that plunges him in further trouble, headfirst.

The author manages to set a breathtaking rythm that never falters: every single page is packed with events that flow unerringly; the pacing is perfect and keeps the reader thrilled with exactly the right amount of humour (often very dumb humour), romance and adventure. The writing is perfect in that it never hinders the fast flowing of the plot; the language is informal, easy, proficient.

Spencer is adorable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a funny 4.5 20 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Funny, funny, funny...maybe a little on the lowbrow side, with the endless blond jokes and such (and I say that while admitting that I liked it, so I don't mean than in a snobby way). It fit the character so no complaints here. I found myself reading with a goofy smile on my face more than once.

I have to agree with some of the other reviewers who have pointed out that Spencer had a tendency to speak beyond his years, showing a knowledge a self awareness that isn't particularly realistic in an eighteen year old—the type of knowledge and introspection that is only possible with a little age under your belt so that you can look back at your ignorantly self-assured teen self and see your own faults. But he was still a loveable rogue that I enjoyed spending time with.

Spencer's sexuality played a large role in this book. Not in a pornographic way, but it was still an important aspect of the plot. I adored the fact that he was completely at ease with who he was in that respect. There was none of the angst or shame or just weighty significance to his bisexuality that is so often seen in literature. His ability to say (or not say, as the case may be, since even saying it wasn't a necessity) 'I am what I am, so what?' gave it an easy naturalness that is usually reserved for heterosexual relationships. This was really a pleasure to come across in a character. I'd love to see more such depictions.

I was a little lost in some of the supernatural aspects of the book The idea of different mythologies existing beside eachother is an interesting one, but it left plenty of gaps for a reader to wonder how things really worked. Especially as relates to the destruction and reformation of worlds, placement of the gods and their relation to the paranormals of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different and unexspected 15 Sept. 2012
By xaddyx
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Taking the path of urban fantasy, this book was very good at meshing the m/m storyline with it. The only critique I would have is that a few times the writing was a little confusing, however this humorous book is definitely worth the read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Vaughn R.Demont has already established his spin on the urban fantasy for alternative lifestyles with his City setting in previous books; from the Last Paladin's tales of the satyr, through to House of Stone's fae, past the Vampire Fred's... erm, vampires.

This novel introduces three feuding canine clans; the Coyote, the Kitsune and the Phouka - although this is no hairy-werewolf showdown, it's much more complicated than that. The clans are all tricksters, all working to get the one-up on each other rather than (directly) tearing each other to shreds. After all, it's much more fun to trick your rivals into undoing themselves, rather than just causing trouble for them.

Spencer, the central character, is easy to sympathise with, and I found myself tearing through the book - and then slowing down and going back - to follow his relationship, his story, and the typical Vaughn-writes-'em-hot sex scenes (done the right way, by a guy! The author also has a great insight into how real gay guys actually feel, react and f... make love. None of this swishing from one side to the other (both literally and mentally!) but proper 'this is how men are when they react to each other, when they happen to be gay'.

The story unfolds really well, leading you through, and then pulling a card trick at all the right points. For a City-fan, I've found out more about the author's cleverly conceived setting, as well as getting some all new info on the inhabitants.

Worthwhile a read, and it's left me begging for more stories from the City - and to see what lies ahead for the new Coyote!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bull's eye 16 Dec. 2011
By Furio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel is far from perfect but it has that unmistakable quality that keeps one awake at night to finish it.

After "House of Stone" I was expecting quite a lot from Mr Demont and he did not disappoint me.
Gone are the usual M/M romances, usually written by women, with their childish conflicts and impossibly conflicted characters.
Gone are the closeted gay men who suddenly discover they are falling hard for a dark, brooding, impossibly gorgeous vampire/werewolf/werecat/were-I-don't-know-what.
Gone are all the stereotypes that clutter most of M/M stuff, be they fantasy, romance or horror.
Last but not least, gone are the very short unsatisfying novellas sold for 6, 8, 10 or more dollars.

The general setting of this new series is the same as that of House of Stone, even if none of those characters appears here: it is just the same unidentified American city where any possible kind of supernatural creature lives side by side with unaware humans.
Spencer is an eighteen-year-old boy, struggling to make the several loose threads in his life meet until he discovers the non human world of which he is part, being a half blood, a discovery that plunges him in further trouble, headfirst.

The author manages to set a breathtaking rythm that never falters: every single page is packed with events that flow unerringly; the pacing is perfect and keeps the reader thrilled with exactly the right amount of humour (often very dumb humour), romance and adventure. The writing is perfect in that it never hinders the fast flowing of the plot; the language is informal, easy, proficient.

Spencer is adorable. At first I was disappointed: it is hard for me to relate with someone so young, so different, so ravenous in his indiscriminating bi-sexual appetites; the main character of House of Stone was much closer to me. As pages flew by I came to love him though. He is funny but not shallow, smart but not perfect, well aware of his shortcomings and often uncapable of avoiding mistakes he is perfectly aware he is making.
The other characters are less developped but act as an accomplished chorus for him.

Spencer's sexual drive is an essential theme of this work.
There are some extremely graphic sex scenes: they are very well done and I enjoyed them but they could put off other readers.

What flaws there are, are minor. The supernatural lore is quite vague, a device that Mr Demont sometimes exploits to create sudden plot twists that are not completely convincing. There are some godlike creatures who play a relevant role in speeding the plot to its end; I never could stomach gods in fantasy novels and, despite Mr Demont's skill, they were an unwelcome addition in this novel as well.
Spencer CONSTANTLY breaks the fourth wall to relay his thoughts to the reader. I did not find it objectionable but some readers might.
What I did find objectionable is that in doing so Spencer is occasionally wise beyond his years, meaning that we are catching a glimpse of the author's thoughts and not of those of a fictional eighteen-year-old character.

I mentioned what I consider to be flaws for the sake of a fully informative review but I feel I can recommend this book to anyone (gay or not) who loves fantasy novels. Despite the sex scenes I consider it suitable for older teens as well.
Now my expectations are really high and I hope Mr Demont will be able to deliver accordingly. In the meantime, let us enjoy this ride.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich setting 3 Nov. 2011
By Sirius - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book, because it was quite different and stood apart from many stories I have read so far. It is full of references to fairy tales and mythology and I am sure that I did not catch all of them. As another reviewer said the main theme is elaborate con games and people/mythology creatures who play them. It was just fun to read for me, I guess exercise my brain somewhat if only to figure out where are the rootes of certain stories come from. There is also a rather sweet beginning of a love story weaved in.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRICKSTERS IN FABLES 11 Oct. 2011
By Ro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Coyote's Creed: Broken Mirrors, Book 1
Literary Nymphs
Spencer Crain day have gone from bad to worse. His honorary Uncle Rourke picks Spencer up at school to inform him of his father's demise. Everything Spencer believed about the world around him turns out to be an illusion, including his own heritage.

Coyote's Creed is the first book in the Broken Mirrors Series. The theme is elaborate con games. The setting is imaginary cities imitating anywhere in America. The humorous characters resemble those found in fables. There are three main groups of tricksters; Phouka are Fae shape-shifters, with Rourke as King of the Phouka. The Kitsune are Nipponese foxes and work in the Little Tokyo section of the city. The last group is the Coyotes, who are considered to be lucky con artists. Spencer is already well acquainted with small cons; however learning he is half coyote is a real surprise for him. The plot illustrates the continuing feud, which is more an agreement to disagree on who is the cleverest of the tricksters.

Spencer wants no part in the feud but he is tricked into carrying out a prank that will gain a few bragging rights for the coyotes. Regrettably, Spencer's exploits endangers lives, including his own. The plot is filled with descriptions of intricate card tricks, magic spells, suspense, lusty creatures as well as steamy intimacy. Interwoven into the storyline is the main purpose of these tricksters mixed in with the human society, the answer is really quite simple in addition to making sense.

I found Vaughn R. Demont's Coyote's Creed to be a wonderfully imaginative happy-for-now satire, along with being marvelously entertaining.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I feel mildly breathless. Just, I mean, well... WOW! 6 Nov. 2014
By HisBabes - Published on Amazon.com
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Where should I start? Hijinks, Phouka, Coyote, card tricks, curses, short cons, blonde jokes, psychotic siblings, resurrection, Kintsu and sex. Lots of sex!

I loved this! Seriously, I'm tempted to accost random strangers and tell them blonde jokes, card tricks and all about the lovely Spencer and his adventure. It is an adventure, let me tell you, one random thing after another happens to this boy. Spencer shines though.

Spencer is by no means perfect. A charming rascal he makes what little money he can with card tricks and short cons while failing school and doing his best to take care of his ailing mother after his father takes a walk eight years prior.

When Spencer is told his absent father is dead and the mans last wish is for Spencer to give the eulogy , Spencer's world is opened to Coyotes, Phouka, Kintsu and the Feud.

Ok, I haven't given you anything more than the blurb but I don't want to give out spoilers, that just spoils the fun! What can I say to convince you this story is worth the read? Because it is, it's soooo worth the read!

There is humor, real laughing out loud humor, even without counting the blonde jokes. There are great tender moments, and pain too. There is sex, of course there is! Spencer is 18 and being led around by his... err, Uhm..libido shall we say. He is also bisexual so nobody is exempt from his, ahem, charm.

The best I can say about this wonderful story is that is NOT in any way a m/m paranormal romance full of insta-love, mates and Happily Ever After. You won't find this a warm little love story you can curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. This is a tricky little mystery our hero must scrabble through while he figures out who he is, who he can trust, and what he is willing to face for those he loves.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not easy writing coyotes ... 15 April 2015
By Sandra L. Powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a good story with wonderful characters, exciting action, surprising plot twists, and a satisfying but by no means storybook ending. Oh, and sex. So you should read it for those reasons.

But what makes this story great is that the author somehow managed to pull off writing a book about tricks and con, narrated by a con artist, in which half the characters or more are tricksters of a mythological bent ... and somehow didn't screw it up. I adore trickster stories, but contemporary paranormal fantasy involving tricksters has a bad, bad track record of trivializing the whole concept. Vaughn R. Demont does not screw up Coyote, and he does a freaking amazing job with coyotes, kitsune, and phouka to boot. I stand in awe.

Oh, and TVTropes. Always TVTropes.
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