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This is a difficult book to review, if only because of the conflicting emotions it engenders. On one hand, it is wonderfully complex, with rich mythology and magical theory wrapped around an engaging mystery. On the other hand, THE BITTER SEED OF MAGIC can also be frustratingly complex, to the point where even an”after the action” recap, complete with family trees and a play by play explanation, wasn’t quite enough to untangle the snarl of crisscrossing motives and lies at the end.
BANSHEE CHARMER, the novella length of the new Files of the Otherworld Enforcement Agency starts off with an interesting premise; Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin, a half-banshee police detective, must track down a serial killer who isn’t human and shouldn’t even exist anymore according to her boss. Banshees are not your typical protagonists, even in paranormal fiction, so I was excited to see Mac’s unique brand of supernatural powers in action.
This book more than lives up to it’s kick butt cover art in terms of menace; fans of a darker, grittier brand of urban fantasy will love E. S. Moore’s TO WALK THE NIGHT. Kat Redding stalks through the underbelly of a changed but recognizable version of our world, striking fear in the hearts of the predators that prey upon ordinary humans. It was almost impossible not to imagine Kate Beckinsale’s leather-clad form as Kat, but unfortunately, no scruffy and handsome leading man appeared to fight by her side.
Fans of both THE HISTORIAN and the Jason Bourne series will love ACQUAINTED WITH THE NIGHT, which brings murder, intrigue, and a biological twist to vampirism. I’m a sucker for authors who meld supernatural creatures with the science of our own world, and Piper Maitland did a great job bringing a medical sensibility to this classic myth.