Even the most powerful tracers can't track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Loch Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I'll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions. Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she's on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.
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Promising new series! Credit used with no regrets.
Intriguing, different, racy
As my first experience with Diana Pharaoh Francis, I'm thrilled that she was able to take a potentially beaten-to-death premise of a magic-laced modern world and unveil a fresh new take on it.
The plot and themes of magic unfold very well throughout the story. The characters aren't just archetypal pawns, either. Francis has done a good job fleshing them out with an entire series in mind. The character development is steady and doesn't seem too forced, and I found Riley, the main character, to actually be likable. A couple of my recent listens made it impossible to care if the characters—let alone the main one—just burst into flames. This one was refreshing and fun.
Francis did a great job ending the book while keeping it open. To me, that means she trusts her readers and writing ability enough to keep a series going.
**Note: If you can't handle graphic sexual content, you can easily fast forward through it. This is an adult-oriented book, sure, but sex isn't the focal point of the story. Oh, and you might want to rethink listening if: 1) you're looking for something that redefines a genre or deconstructs societal norms or 2) you're offended by swearing, I guess.**
Everything. This is the first book I've listened to with her as the narrator. I think I'm in love. She has a nice character range, volume consistency (no inaudible whispering or surprise screeching), and an incredibly digestible voice. It was easy to imagine that Riley was the one speaking.
No. This could easily be warped into a horrible movie with a vacant, libido-driven main character thrown into action scenes, so please just read the book. The book is good.
I enjoyed the story but...