Series: Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3
Published by Loose ID on February 7th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Kim
Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington—after all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws amongst the supernatural. Which means when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim happens to be the best suited guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to for safekeeping, he also hates her guts.
As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred burns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.
When you mix incredibly powerful witches and hot djinns who are tied to their lamps for hundreds of years, you get the incredibly sexy RISING FOR AUTUMN, which surprised me in a few different ways: for such a short book, it had big action, big characters, and an even bigger story.
Alanna was an amazing character you don’t often get to read about. In urban fantasy, the heroes and heroines are often part of small knit groups or lone wolves (no shifter reference intended). Alanna is in charge of dozens of staff within the coven head quarters, and together they are in charge of protecting an entire city. She is responsible for the witches and the humans in her city, which means she keeps herself separate from her staff, even from the ones she dares call friends.
Sam keeps himself separated too, but it’s because of his long life and the nature of his servitude. He keeps everyone at arm’s length in case whoever gets his lamp next orders him to hurt his friends and loved ones out of spite. He’s been forced to work for some very evil people, and he’s done more evil than he can reconcile his heart with.
Watching these two get together was definitely the highlight of the story for me, but the action was nothing to scoff at: there were multiple dramatic battles and conflicts that were well written and really managed to capture how desperate things had gotten in Philadelphia. The book hints at a fourth instalment in the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and with the naming scheme, we would expect it. If it stars a hot mercenary who can’t seem to pick a side, I’m in, especially if it's a bit longer than this one.Series Titles:
Hunting for Spring
Scrying for Summer
Rising for Autumn