Narrator: Kate Rudd
Series: Boundary Magic
Published by 47north on June 21st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sex and rape.
Reviewed by: James
Something wicked is at work in Colorado’s supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison…a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead.
The state’s cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she’s never met arrives on her doorstep. He has answers to all of Lex’s questions about her bloodline, but getting those answers could mean betraying the life she’s already built.
Then the next vampire is poisoned—and this time it’s Maven herself. The new evil that hunts Lex is powerful and ruthless enough to stop the strongest supernatural creature in the state. In order to find such a killer, Lex will have to face down her own birthright and call on every ally—both living and dead.
I’ve been looking forward to BOUNDARY BORN since I finished BOUNDARY LINES last year. And BOUNDARY BORN was easily worth the wait. The Boundary Magic series has gotten significantly better with each book, and BOUNDARY BORN has continued that tradition by bringing us another epic adventure.
Lex has become one of my favorite urban fantasy heroines. She has her doubts and struggles. But Lex isn’t whiny like some heroines can get. She’s died multiple times, her twin sister was killed by werewolves before she even knew about the Old World, and she has PTSD from her time in the Army. Those are just a few of her issues but she doesn’t moan about how the world is out to get her, she just gets up and fights back.
There isn’t really any romance in BOUNDARY BORN, which I was fine with, but if that’s what you’re looking for it isn’t here. Lex is in a healthy relationship, with an actually decent guy (something I rarely find in female led urban fantasy/paranormal romance.) Quinn doesn’t try to keep Lex locked up despite that fact that she’s clearly capable of holding her own in a fight, and he’s even honest with Lex and tells her about his not so pleasant past. And Lex doesn’t see the need to mention every other page how hot Quinn is. It is clear that their relationship is much more than the abusive and lustful relationships of paranormal romance.
Another thing that Melissa Olson does spectacularly is having injured characters. In the last Scarlett Bernard book, Scarlett had to use a crutch the whole time. In BOUNDARY BORN Lex gets injured and has to deal with those effects. It makes sense that vampire and werewolf characters heal fast, but sometimes it's fun to see the characters actually have consequences for the actions they take.
BOUNDARY BORN is an amazing book. I’ll miss Lex as Melissa Olson returns to the Scarlett Bernard series. But there are still adventures for Lex so I’m certain that Olson will return to the Boundary Magic series again.Series Titles:
- If you're looking for more books by Melissa F. Olson try Dead Spots.