Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.
Was it murder…or mutiny?
The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.
“I was starting to feel a little weird about this—even though it’d taken over a day to set up, it suddenly seemed like this meeting was happening really fast. Consulting a magical healing witch was, at the very least, socially awkward, sort of like walking into a strip club, a therapist’s office, or a Chinese grocery store for the first time—you just don’t know what to do.”
This was a fun book. I enjoyed it. It was interesting and new for Olson. This focused a lot more on building what the magic means to the world than it focused on the characters. I’m really glad she decided to pay some attention to the world she is building. Before now, the world always seemed malleable to Olson’s whims. Whatever she needed for the story, it ended up working that way because why wouldn’t it? Now we’re getting some more concrete rules and regulations to go with the story, to avoid some of that in the future.
If you’re wondering if you need to read Malediction because the events in it keep coming up in this book, you don’t really. This book basically covers everything that happens in that. If you have read Scarlett Bernard, you doubly don’t have to because that also covers the rest. Don’t feel obligated to read it, but if you want to by all means go ahead.
I really like the characters in this. Lex is amazing. Strong but fragile. Smart but lacking knowledge of the Old World. Strong, but weak against vampires and werewolves. She is a really good character for this series. Quinn is a good romantic lead. I enjoy his presence, how much he helps Lex, how much he adds to the story. He isn’t there just to look pretty and be a requisite lover. He has a reason for existing outside of being a love interest for the main character, he is a part of the world. The rest of the secondary characters are just as good. The brother and sister, who she has made into her own family. Her employer who is a vampire but isn’t exactly good and isn’t exactly bad, she is just a vampire. Her brother in law. Most of the rest of her family are tertiary characters and while I recognise their names, I don’t recognise them as people. Which is a bit of a shame, but they don’t fit in the Old World so I understand.
This was a good, easy read. I was able to read it without really needing to stop or backtrack to figure out what the author meant. I was just able to soak in this story. I think this is the first book of Olson’s I haven’t had some issues reading. It was appreciated.
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