Series: Magic Born #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Carina Press on June 30, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
Several sex scenes
In 2066, the Magic Born are segregated in urban reservations. The laws do not protect them, or their allies.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Marsden is a powerful player in New Corinth politics, but a closely guarded secret could destroy her life—she's a hidden Magic Born. Her family has gone to great lengths to erase all her magic-related records, until a trancehacking outlaw discovers the last remaining one…
Vadim Bazarov smuggles Magic Borns through the underground railroad and threatens to reveal Elizabeth's secret unless she helps him access blank ID cards. Elizabeth wants to hate him for having a stranglehold on her life, but can't help being attracted to someone so sure of who and what he is.
Vadim initially sees her as a political ice queen, but is intrigued by her suppressed magical abilities. He trains Elizabeth to use her magic, and before long finds himself falling for her. But their newfound love may be shortlived; an anti-magic ordinance forces one of them to make a choice that will change both their lives for good.
Having enjoyed TRANCEHACK, I was really looking forward to WITCHLIGHT. With its fascinating world, awesome romance, and great characters, WITCHLIGHT lived up to my expectations and more. Though it is the second book in the Magic Born series, nothing about WITCHLIGHT says sophomore slump - if anything, it’s even better than the first!
There are multiple great aspects to WITCHLIGHT. First off, we have our hero and heroine. Though their relationship starts out a bit rocky - after all, Vadim is trying to blackmail Lizzie - it quickly moves to smoking hot. Vadim is the consummate bad boy, with his addictions and his various enterprises, but he also is a good person, too, and having those two seemingly contradictory personalities together make him a character with a lot of depth. Lizzie is magnificent, an excellent partner for Vadim. She has a backbone of steel and is willing to take risks and do what needs to be done.
Another thing I enjoyed quite a bit about WITCHLIGHT were the frank discussions Lizzie and Vadim had about sex. It isn’t often that this happens in straight up romance novels, where the main characters have discussions about sex, and not just have it. In this case, since there were some kinky aspects to the sex that Lizzie and Vadim had, it was crucial there was communication, and I really appreciated that was present in the story.
As with TRANCEHACK, my complaint is that the world could have been explored some more. We get a different picture this time, since we see the political machinations, as Lizzie is in politics, but I would have loved more details.
Since we get to see some glimpses of Nate and Calla to see how their relationship is, I have no doubts that regardless who Clark pairs up next, we’ll get to see where Vadim and Lizzie end up, as well. This series is a treat, and I’m already impatient for book three, FIREWALL.