A Light Cozy Urban Fantasy

Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium
Published in
4 min readAug 14, 2023

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The Wizard’s Butler by Nathan Lowell is a charming story about belonging and belief

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Roger Mulligan is hired by the niece of an older gentleman troubled by dementia to be his butler. But what starts out as a simple assignment to keep Joseph Perry Shackleford alive long enough for his niece to place him in care takes a turn for the interesting, when Shackleford claims he’s a wizard.

This was a recommendation on a cozy fantasy subreddit that fit a square for my Fantasy Bingo card (2023). It sounded light enough to be easy to read and interesting enough to hold my interest. The person who recommended it was right. It’s charming, has depth, has character growth (not too much), and just a touch of magic to make it a lovely cozy urban fantasy. For all that and more, I gave it 4.5 stars.

The Plot

Roger Mulligan, army vet and ex EMT, is in a desperate situation. He needs a job. So when Naomi Rexford wants to hire him to be the butler to her ill uncle, he can’t refuse, especially when she promises him $5000 a month and a million dollar bonus if he keeps the old man alive for a year.

As Roger settles into his role, he finds out that the old man, Joseph Perry Shackleford believes himself to be a wizard. When too many unexplained things occur, Roger begins to believe him. The only trouble is the niece…

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Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium

Writer, editor, writing coach, and videogamer. I write about writing, books, and occasionally videogames.