Early Review: Death’s Daughter (Realm Walker #2) by Kathleen Collins

March 28, 2014 Review 0

Early Review: Death’s Daughter (Realm Walker #2) by Kathleen CollinsDeath's Daughter by Kathleen Collins
Series: Realm Walker #2
Published by Carina Press on March 31, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 176
Source: Author
Sexual Content: Sex scene, references to rape.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she's forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can't solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.

Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can't remember, is anyone's guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.

She can't afford such distractions, and she definitely can't afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn't spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it's because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.

A robust police procedural with hints of gothic romance, DEATH'S DAUGHTER deftly blends magic and murder.  Though this investigation is easy to follow on it's own, most of the relationship baggage (both romantic and professional) will be lost on new readers.  But if Realm Walker is as well paced and entertaining as DEATH'S DAUGHTER, starting at book one will be no hardship.

Juliana Norris is a one woman, magical CSI lab, able to sense traces of magic and Altered ancestry with a single, glowing glance.  When pushed to her limit, however, as she is by the kidnapping and murder of these children, she has to dole out her strength, balancing magical information against the debilitating headaches that make her worthless as an investigator.  Though a minor part of the story, I liked this push pull, as it gives Juliana time to show off her more mundane investigation skills.  Her vampire mate is very much present for this investigation as well, but as this is my first Realm Walker book, it took me a little while to catch up on their romance.

Reminiscent of MARK OF THE DEMON and the early Kara Gillian books, DEATH'S DAUGHTER is a perfect blend of paranormal romance and police procedural.  And while I'm excited for book 3, in the meantime, I'm going to go back and enjoy what I missed in book 1, REALM WALKER.

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