My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m in a sulk with Sam Burns because I’m not going to get book two in this series until next year! 😱
Which means, as you can probably guess, that this book was utterly brilliant.
It ticked every single box I have for what constitutes a first class urban fantasy/paranormal romance and then added a few more tricks besides.
First up, a novel way to use magic, not hugely different to others that have gone before, but enough that it intrigued me and I needed to know more.
It gave me Fluke, a perfectly perfect foxy familiar with a definite personality who gives Sage unconditional love and friendship.
Then there was Gideon, so swoony. A bonafide sharp shooter straight out of the 1800s, all brawn and muscle but plenty of brains.
Oh, and a ghost, who keeps being sent back to the material plain to train mages, only for them to keep getting murdered.
Which leads me to Sage. How I adored Sage. He’s struggled with so much in his almost 30 years but he still pushes on. I wanted to wrap him in cotton wool from the off.
With a sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe, without any blood suckers, and a touch of Scooby Doo-esque mystery, this was an epically entertaining read.
While I had eyeballed a likely villain from fairly early on, I was still fooled with a twist which came out of left field and only added to my excitement.
The final chapter though, while wrapping up a lot of the mystery of this instalment, had me wishing there wasn’t an ocean between me and said author and is why I’m now sulking 😁
It’s not a cliffhanger so much as a formal notice that “you ain’t read nothing yet!” and I cannot wait to find out more.
And, as a PS, how amazing is this cover by the incredibly talented Natasha Snow?! ❤
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.