Dog Days (Dog Days -1) by John Levitt

Dog Days (Dog Days #1) by John Levitt

Dog Days series — by John Levitt 

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

In Dog Days, Mason solves a case involving missing Ifrits and a power-hungry practitioner who wants to control the magical world. In New Tricks, Mason tries to help some homeless men but winds up opening an energy pool (similar to a portal) that allows some supernatural monsters into the mortal world of San Francisco. In Unleashed, Mason and his friends continue to hunt down the monsters who came through the energy pool, including some vicious shape shifters. In Play Dead, a black (as in black magic) practitioner hires Mason to find another black practitioner and retrieve some stolen materials. None of these adventures is as simple as it first seems, and in each case, Mason is constantly under attack—both magically and physically—and must use his improvisational magical talents to keep himself alive, with a lot of help from Lou. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction

Lead's Species Edit

  • Magic practitioner

Primary Supe Edit

  • Magic practitioners

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Magic Dog companion, an Ifrit.

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative from Mason’s point of view

Books in Series Edit

Dog Days series:

  1. Dog Days (2007)
  2. New Tricks (2008)
  3. Unleashed (2009)
  4. Play Dead (2011)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

none yet

Themes, Motifs, Symbolism Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

San Francisco


  • Portland
  • Land's End
  • Baker Beach
  • Dogpatch
  • Mount Davidson
  • Valencia

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Magic practitioners, mages, monsters, monster hunter, , Shape-adapter, portal, Windengo, , , , psychic, energy pool that's spitting out monsters, Ifrit, 

✥ Magic Skills/Types: empathy, intuition, Black arts, , ,

Glossary: Edit

  • Ifrit: small magical animal that chooses a person with magical powers to live with and protect—similar to a witch’s familiar. (common definition)

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World Edit

Set in San Francisco, this series deals with magic practitioners and the various supernatural creatures with whom they interact.

Along with Victor and Eli (Mason’s mentor), Mason gets involved in a series of adventures involving practitioners who use magic for harmful reasons. Eli is more of a philosopher than a practitioner—like an expert football coach who is better at teaching the sport than playing it. Victor is Eli's star quarterback—an excellent practitioner in every way (and with an over-the-top ego to match his big skills). Mason is like an on-the-bench specialist. If he worked a bit harder, he could be as good as Victor, but as it is, Eli and Victor call on him when they have a job that calls for his almost unbeatable improvisational skills.

In this world, an Ifrit is a small magical animal that chooses a person with magical powers to live with and protect—similar to a witch’s familiar. (This is not the common definition of an Ifrit.) Lou serves many functions in Mason’s life: defender, finder of lost people and objects, and icebreaker (he’s so cute that people can’t resist him). Lou and other Ifrits play major roles throughout the series. Mason has a few love interests but nothing permanent. The most long-lasting of the ex-girlfriends are Jordan, a fellow practitioner, and Campbell, a healing witch.~ Fang-tastic Fiction

Protagonist Edit

✥ The hero,, is a practitioner with powers that would be stronger if he put forth some effort and did some practicing. Mason does occasional enforcement work for Victor, the chief magical enforcer for the Bay Area, but his real love is music. Mason’s constant companion is Lou, who appears to be a dog (a miniature Doberman), but is really an Ifrit. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: Lou / What: Ifrit / Sidekick-to: Mason / About: a small magical dog, like a familiar / Book First Seen: Dog Days (2007)

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Mason magic practitioner; Guitar musician does occasional enforcement work for Victor; almost unbeatable improvisational skills;
Victor chief magical enforcer for the Bay Area; Mason does occasional enforcement work for him;
Eli magic practitioner; Mason’s mentor; assists Mason on cases; more of a philosopher than a practitioner; African American, tall, former college football player;
Victor practitioner Eli's star quarterback—excellent practitioner; big ego to match his big skills;
Jordan practitioner
Campbell healing witch one of the more long-lasting of the ex-girlfriends;
Sherwood back from supposed deadly dead.
Timothy human Victor's boyfriend;

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John Levitt

John Levitt — Author of Dog Days series

Author Edit

John Levitt

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  • Genres: Urban Fantasy

Bio: I grew up in New York City. After a stint at the University of Chicago (I didn’t graduate–I had things to do) I traveled around the country and ended up in San Francisco. Drugs and rock ‘n roll. Did some light shows for bands, learned to play guitar–the usual stuff. I forgot all about writing. A few years later, while working at a ski lodge in Alta, Utah, I found I was getting bored. So I looked around for the most unlikely thing I could think of, and joined the Salt Lake City Police Department. I only planned to do it for a year, just for the experience. That year turned into seven.

When I left, I had enough material to fill a book. So I wrote one, a police thriller. Then another. Dog Days was my first Urban Fantasy, followed by New Tricks and Unleashed. Play Dead is the latest in the series and the last, at least for a while. I split my time these days between Alta, Utah, and San Francisco, and when I’m not working or writing, play guitar with my band in SF, The Procrastinistas. The character of the dog, Lou–well, he’s sort of a dog–is based on a real dog. Big surprise there. I personally have one cat and no dogs—but my girlfriend now has four. ~ Bio ~ John Levitt

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  2. New Tricks:
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  4. Play Dead:

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Dog Days (2007): First in a new urban fantasy series-with a bite as magical as its bark.

Mason used to be an enforcer, ensuring that suspect magic practitioners stayed in line. But now he scrapes out a living playing guitar. Good thing he has Louie, his magical...well, let's call him a dog. But there are some kinds of evil that even Louie can't sniff out. And when Mason is attacked by a supernatural assailant, he'll have to fall back on the one skill he's mastered in music and magic-improvisation. ~  Goodreads | Dog Days (Dog Days, #1) by John Levitt

BOOK TWO—New Tricks (2008): Former enforcer Mason would normally be concerned with finding ghosts and vampires stalking the Castro section of San Francisco. Fortunately, Halloween provides the perfect explanation for the abundance of ghouls. But someone is trying to possess his old flame, Sarah. Now, with the help of his magical dog Louie, Mason must uncover the black magician responsible. ~ Goodreads | New Tricks (Dog Days, #2) by John Levitt

BOOK THREE—Unleashed (2009): Mason is an enforcer, keeping magical practitioners on the straight and narrow. His "dog" Louie, is a faithful familiar who's proven over and over that he's a practitioner?s best friend. But this time, Louie's in the line of fire when practitioners in San Francisco accidentally unleash a monster into the world. ~ Goodreads | Unleashed (Dog Days, #3) by John Levitt

BOOK FOUR—Play Dead (2011): Mason used to be an enforcer, ensuring that those magic practitioners without a moral compass walked the straight and narrow. But now he just wants to keep his head down, play guitar, and maintain a low profile with Lou, his magical canine companion. But Mason is down on his luck, and when a job with a large payout comes along, he finds the offer hard to resist-not knowing it might mean sacrificing what both man and his best friend hold most dear. ~ Goodreads | Play Dead (Dog Days, #4) by John Levitt

First Sentences Edit

  1. Dog Days (2007) — We'd just finished up the last set.
  2. New Tricks (2008) — On the corner of Market and Castro, half-hidden in the shadow of a doorway, stood a vampire.
  3. Unleashed (2009) — A fresh breeze, carrying a saltwater tang, pushed inland fro across the ocean.
  4. Play Dead (2011) — The rain was vicious, drenching the streets.

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  1. Dog Days (2007)
  2. New Tricks (2008)
  3. Unleashed (2009)
  4. Play Dead (2011)


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