Review: Trace of Magic (Diamond City Magic #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

July 7, 2016 Review 0

Review: Trace of Magic (Diamond City Magic #1) by Diana Pharaoh FrancisTrace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Narrator: Elizabeth Phillips
Series: Diamond City Magic
on September 30th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 303
Length: 10 hours and 32 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: One explicit sex scene
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

Even the most powerful tracers can’t track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Lock Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I’ll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions.

Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she’s on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war

TRACE OF MAGIC has been on my list of books to read for quite awhile, and when it showed up on Audible a few months ago I finally picked it up and just recently got a chance to listen to it. TRACE OF MAGIC was much better than I expected it to be, and I wished I'd listened to it as soon as it came out on Audible.

The main thing I loved about TRACE OF MAGIC was the hard magic system in play. Most paranormal and urban fantasy books use a soft magic system, where magic can do just about anything the author needs it to do. A hard magic system is one with lots of strict rules that outline just how magic works, and TRACE OF MAGIC has that. Riley is a tracer, she can track people with her magic. She can use that ability in a couple of unique ways, but she can't throw fireballs around when she's in trouble, she has to be more creative. I love hard magic systems because it forces the author and the characters to think outside the box more and rely less on some awesome magic spell to save the day.

What I disliked the most about TRACE OF MAGIC was, big surprise here, the romance. I almost never like the romance in paranormal romance novels. Riley and Clay have the standard insta-lust of almost all paranormal romances, and I got really tired of listening to Riley's almost constant internal monologues about how hot clay was, but how he was the enemy so she had to stay away. Yet as usual, when they should be on the case and right after Riley got shot, they have sex. Come on authors! If you feel like you have to have sex scenes in your book please put them in better places! However, despite the insta-lust I actually sensed a real connection between Riley and Clay, and I like them together, I just wish that there relationship was more developed before they jumped into bed.

TRACE OF MAGIC has a solid plot, kept the pace going smoothly, minus the horribly located sex scene of course, and has great character development. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Diamond City Magic series, and I hope that all of them will get turned into audiobooks, because right now only the first two are up on Audible.

Series Titles:
  1. Trace of Magic
  2. Edge of Dreams
  3. Whisper of Shadows
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  • If you're looking for a series with a similar hard magic system try Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
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