*This title will be released on July 3, 2012*
by Erin Kellison
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Author
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
It is Kaye Brand’s power to wield. But outcast from her kind, she’s been selling herself to the highest bidder—money for her survival in exchange for a magic glimpse into the flames of the future.
One of the angelic Order, Jack Bastian has no use for a female like Kaye, as provocative and unexpected as her blazing beauty. Yet he has no choice but to hire her to uncover the secrets of his sworn enemy and her former fiancé, Ferrol Grey.
War is inevitable between the defenders of the Order and the mage Houses who threaten to engulf the world in Shadow. For Jack, mage-born Kaye is off limits, no matter how hot the impossible attraction between them. But in the coming darkness, beset by danger and desire, everything is about to change…
Erin Kellison does such a great job balancing romance and fantasy, I always have a hard time choosing between an “urban fantasy” or a “paranormal romance” classification for her books. Kellison’s Shadow series sits next to Thea Harrison’s Elder Races and Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi for the purest blend of my favorite things: romance and magic.
With all the new structures introduced in FIRE KISSED (mage Houses and their connection to wraiths), it was a while before I could shake the feeling that I’d missed a key novella or prior book. Kellison soon seduced me past that feeling with her characters. I adore Kaye, in all her damaged glory. If I wrote reviews on a character by character basis, she is a 5bat leading lady all the way. Nuanced, interesting, and powerful, Kaye takes risks that break the mold of a typical romance heroine (and tests the boundaries of even urban fantasy). Her love interest, Jack Bastion, is a little more proscribed in his role, but the classic Kellison chemistry still smokes off the page. The angels and the mages keep conducting murky background politics, with Kaye burning hot and fierce in the foreground.
Despite a few moments of confusion, FIRE KISSED rates 4bats for a memorable romance and a continually developing world. Above and beyond weaving smoking hot chemistry into ever book, Kellison continues to develop her nuanced and complicated mythology as the series progresses. While there are “good guys” and “bad guys” in the Shadow series, FIRE KISSED makes it clear that no matter who wins the war, the world will never be the same again.