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This is good for a start. Our heroin, Alice, is a powerful earth, fire and blood mage. She is both spunky and self-deprecating. She is living under the radar from her Mafa like family. She is a mage private investigator who works alone.
There is an association called the Cabal. The Cabal hires/use mages. What can start as a work place with virtuous intentions evolves into an association, which uses its’ resources for evil. Mages are tortured and killed if they do not obey the Cabal. Alice’s family is a powerful Cabal and being used and abused she escaped. Consequently, she keeps people at a distance.
Michael is a mage ghost who once worked for the Cabal. He refused to use his work to destroy and was killed. Their mutual disdain for the Cabal was an impetus in their working relationship.
The first part of the story moves at a good pace until she begins her investigation her family for the stolen object of power from the home of her client. While looking for the artifact, she must deal with Sean, a werewolf and one-night stand, who wants more than one night.
The story picks up at the last two hours when her client is finally kidnapped. Of course, there are the usual impediments to make the rescue nearly impossible and the close call with death and world destruction.
Alice is badass and troubled enough that her character is appealing. Her relationship with the vampire and werewolf has some originality to make the romance factor in the story interesting.
There are the assorted characters of vampires, werewolves, and an inquisitive police detective.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This a is a nicely written and well read book. However, though the ideas and magical elements are carefully thought out, the plot is rather lacking. The writer relies heavily on physical danger to bring drama to the story, but the heroine is at death's door so frequently by the time it reaches its scooby do type exposition climax, it all feels a bit meh. The characters are stronger than the plot, but it has some charm, however there are better books out there
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