Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 5 hrs 52 mins
Series: Blood & Magic #1
Published by Coffee and Characters on January 28, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Blood is going to spill...
I just hope it won’t be mine.
After two weeks of searching, I found the seven-year-old I'd been hired to find too late. His body broken and discarded. Dead.
My boss doesn't want me to hunt down his killers. It's too dangerous.
But the Pacific Northwest Pack steps in, hiring me to bring the bastards to justice.
Turns out the kid was half shifter. And shifters don't abandon their own.
In a search that takes me through the maze of shifter hierarchy and the depths of the paranormal underworld, these killers underestimate how determined I am to mete out their punishment. Vigilante justice is the only kind these people understand.
Yes, blood will spill. And I'm determined it will be theirs.
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Cursed By Fire is book one in the Blood & Magic series by Danielle Annett. It is an introduction to a world where shifters and vampires have come out to the world but the peace between all the races is tenuous.
In Cursed By Fire, Ari is a PI investigating a disappearance of a little boy. When the boy is found dead, her boss is determined that she should let it lie, but The Northwest Pacific pack hires her on to work with a long time friend and find out who would kill that boy who turned out to be shifter.
Ari struggles with the powers she does have and is constantly trying to control them. It is dangerous for her to reveal her powers. As the investigation goes on we delve into not only the shifters and vampires, but the humans and psych races as well. They try to pull Ari into their beliefs but she can see where they are going and will not be fooled, despite being lured by a hot guy that turns her inside out.
I see where we were headed with the story and Ari’s alliance does not surprise me. The story comes to a conclusion, but I really don’t feel like it is final. I understand the series goes on and we need the overall series arc, but I felt like this book just kind of ended suddenly. There are a lot of threads open and a lot of ways this series could go. I’m hoping that it is just book one syndrome that I suffered with this book.
I had a hard time listening despite being narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Nicole Poole. I think the story was going in so many directions trying to get a story in at the same time as building a world that I couldn’t focus. I will try book two, as I always like to give a series a second chance to make sure it was not just book one syndrome for me. I hope the series improves as I understand the world and characters a little better.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 Audiobook Challenge