ARC supplied by author.
Romance, shape shifters, mystery and magic – I love all of those, so dived eagerly into this book. I wasn’t disappointed. Brandy has created a cast of characters who feel real, who I can empathise with, dislike some of them, and actually care about what happens. That’s important to me, if I don’t feel for the people in a novel I don’t enjoy it. I want to feel “in” the book, as if I’m with them and in this magical world of Edenton I lost myself into another place for a few hours (I’m a quick reader so may be lots longer for others ). The world created is very realistic in as much as a fantasy world ever is, and I need to feel that what happens is actually possible. Here we’ve vampires, were creatures, mages and druids each with their own special talents. The action revolves around the town of Edenton and its supernatural inhabitants. Fallon was a great female lead, strong and independent and yet hurt in past by lovers so she’s wary of getting involved again. Then there’s Brody – he’s the strong silent type and just what she needs, but is he still grieving and can she accept him into her life. There’s action and adventure too with battles against the dark vampires and mages, kidnappings, danger and deception, and lots of magic.
Each author puts their own spin on the supernatural, here the weres and vamps are fairly conventional, but a big spin is on the tattoos. Fallow as a druid can weave magic wards to protect others into her tatts, and she has some on her body that can come alive, such as a sword that comes to hand from a tattoo when she needs it. She’s also able to shape-shift. I’m not sure if that’s connected to the tattoos, certainly she has a bird one and can change into a bird and in one battle there’s mention of her snake tattoo growing bigger and then she becomes the snake. Its an interesting variation, and one I like for its possibilities. I have seen similar works before but very few and its fun to get a new(ish) spin in a well used format.
There’s some sex here too, steamy and sensual it fits the novel and is an essential part of lifting it up to that upper rating. Romance can be done without sex of course, but some books and types call for it to be included and it works well here. Of course it helps that Brody is one Hot Alpha Male 🙂 I enjoyed the book, its well written and the plot kept me engrossed. Its a nice balance of action, romance and everyday life problems. I enjoyed the character of Darcla (?) the woman with a strong, heavy crush who was convinced Brody was for her….and out to make it happen. We need a few good “bad” people to add spice to the mix. Its bland when everyone is good.
I look forward to reading more in the series, I think we’ve just tasted the potential in this book and there’s so much possibilities from Edenton and its inhabitants. Priced at £1.99 for 256 pages it good value.
Stars: 4.5 – its not quite a five, building a new series is difficult with so much to introduce – I think the series has five star potential.