Review: Pure Magic (Black Dogs #2) by Rachel Neumeier

August 14, 2015 Review 1

Review: Pure Magic (Black Dogs #2) by Rachel NeumeierPure Magic by Rachel Neumeier
Series: Black Dog #2
Published by Self Published on May 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 323
Source: Author
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: A non-explicit sex scene, references to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

Sequel to Black Dog, this a Paranormal with a real bite - for readers who loved Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy.

After Natividad, Alejandro, and Miguel's victory against their family's rival, even more dangerous threats emerge, from an increase in stray black dogs to far worse opponents who would tear down the fragile Dimiloc alliance and re-make it in their own image.

Story Locale: Post-vampire/werewolf war USA.

Series Overview: Three siblings escape Mexico to rejoin their father's Black Dog (werewolf) clan in a future still recovering from the vampire/black dog wars. Natividad is pure, a sorcereress whose power can calm the Black Dogs. The three struggle to find a new home for themselves as warring Black Dog clans vye for supremacy.

BLACK DOG was my favorite book of 2014, and PURE MAGIC is everything I could have hoped for in a sequel.  The black dogs of this world are a little darker, a littler more demonic than Urban Fantasy's usual shapeshifters. With sulfur and fire and violence in their hearts, they flow up through the human body, and burst into our world.

As promised in the title, PURE MAGIC focuses on the protective arts Natividad used in BLACK DOG.  And with the introduction of Justin, a Pure boy with no concept of his own magic, readers have a new chance to learn about the "aggressively defensive" power that lives alongside all the violence of the black dogs. Though there are several instances where great peril is answered by spontaneous leaps in magical skill, the geometry of Pure magic and the ballet of Ezekiel whirling in and out of human form make these battles a visual delight.  While I don't normally hope for movie adaptations, the characters and magic of the Black Dog world would be a pleasure in yet another medium.

Natividad and Ezekiel's story is what made me anxious to read more of the Black Dog series, and Neumeier  delivered them and several other surprises as well. By the end I felt empathy for Grayson (a growly version of Giles, futilely trying to direct superhuman teens and all their impulsive power), grew to admire Keziah, and want so desperately to know more about the youngest black dogs of the pack. Like the best of worlds, every taste of this series just makes me hungry for more.

Series Titles:

1. Black Dog - 5/5

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One Response to “Review: Pure Magic (Black Dogs #2) by Rachel Neumeier”

  1. Mina

    I’m so totally excited that there is a sequel to “Black Dog” – and now that I’ve read your review, I’m glad and relieved that the author kept up the first book’s quality. Because “Black Dog” was one my favorite books in 2014, too. Great. Will download it, like, now.