Magic Born by Caethes Faron
[I received an electronic ARC of the book in return for a fair and honest review.]
Kat Thomas doesn’t want much out of life. To play her online game, keep her college scholarship, and maybe figure out what she wants to do when she graduates. She’s mourning her parents who recently died and has taken refuge in Wizards and Fae. Her only real friend is one of her online gaming partners.
Then a package is delivered to her door by a mysterious stranger (which honestly this pinged every stranger danger warning I have, but Kat clearly hadn’t gotten that memo as she took the box from him.) Despite his insistence, she didn’t let him in or have more than a brief conversation with him though.
The stranger turns out to be Alex, a panther shifter, and the son of Kat’s birth mother’s protector. He’s been sent by his father (and Kat’s mother) to deliver the amber necklace and Kat’s legacy.
And that’s when Kat finds out the truth. The game she’s been play? Not just a game… it’s a way for mages from Elustria to find latent mages on Earth. The creator, Casper Rothian, is actually from Elustria and knew Kat’s mother.
And when she puts on the necklace that Alex delivered to her, her world opens up in ways she never imagined.
I received this ARC on a Friday and I’m really glad I had the weekend mostly free because I was just going to read a couple of chapters each day. I did just that Friday night and then picked the book up again Saturday morning and finished it. Ms. Faron keeps you on the edge of your seat, turning pages and waiting to see what’s next. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment!
Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta
Charlie Henderson seems like an average girl at first glance. Granted an average girl that can “read” items and makes weapons for a living, but just an average girl.
But Charlie Henderson doesn’t exist. She’s actually Muse, a half-demon who is hiding from her demon master and trying to have a normal life. Until an assassin walks into her life and she is forced to return to the one man (demon) she never wanted to. The Prince of Greed.
Akil Vitalis in the human world (Mammon on the other side of the Veil); the Prince of Greed will stop at nothing to wrench Muse from her normal world. Against him is Stefan, who Muse is not sure if she can trust or not. At first she’s not even sure what he is.
To complicate matters, there is a group of humans who kidnap Muse and attempt to get her to fight with them (while blocking her demon side which doesn’t really endure her to them).
If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, I would recommend picking this one up. It’s currently free on Amazon for Kindle. And the rest of the series is already available so there’s no waiting for the next book!
Brotherhood of the Wheel by RS Belcher
As a fan of the Knights Templar history, I picked up Brotherhood of the Wheel by RS Belcher on a whim when someone on one of my lists recommended it. I was leery at first because I’d attempted his Six-Gun Tarot and hadn’t gotten past the first chapter.
But Brotherhood surprised me. It’s gritty, horror filled, and keeps the reader on the edge of your seat until the last page. Now I’m not typically a horror reader (my love of Dean Koontz and SyFy’s Haven aside), but Brotherhood really reached out and grabbed me. The characters struggle not just with the supernatural, but the harsh realities of life.
The novel mainly focuses on Jimmie Aussapile, the “knight” of the story. In actuality, he’s a trucker trying to keep house and home together as he travels the Road. He’s joined by Heck, a biker, with a past that I’d love to find out more about (it’s hinted towards the end, but the author definitely leaves you wanting more) and Lovina Hewitt, a Louisiana State Police officer.
Of course you can’t have a White Knight without the dark or black knight and Belcher gives the reader one that will keep you up at night (no pun intended) with the Pagan. Beautifully drawn and imagined, the Pagan is one of the best villains imagined in a while.
If you go into this expecting sweeping battles and Knights Templar, you will be half disappointed. Belcher only briefly touches on the history of the Templars, but the battles are generously written and described.
Overall, definitely one I will be on the lookout for a second book of. The author left it open to write a sequel or two.