With her first case behind her, Amber's position within the Elite seems to be set in stone. She's the darling of the media, the rookie who saved the day and everyone's ass. But as far as she's concerned, the limelight is no place for a Shadow Sorceress.
A new case throws Amber into murky water. Someone is dropping bodies in King City, bodies that conceal a much darker truth, and it's up to Amber to make sense of it all. Blindsided when a personal loss devastates her, she is left scrambling to pick up the shattered pieces.
With her magic growing at a rapid pace, Amber must find a way to keep her secrets hidden and control her power or risk exposing herself as a Shadow Sorceress to those who would see her dead.
In other words, just another day at the office.
©2016 Bilinda Sheehan (P)2016 Bilinda Sheehan
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"Wanted better, did not get it."
I gave the first book slack but ... no more. The book picks up two weeks later from the first book. Her and Nick, her partner, are thrown back into action. In the two weeks that she has been off a desk job and using her powers, Amber has acquired an attitude. She disdains her supervisor and is totally disrespectful. All the antics she has with supervisor highlights her immaturity.
For all her bravado she has no control of her powers. Things are still happening by hit and miss. The paranormal action is not often enough nor delivered with any confident intention The characters are two dimensional who are saying lines and posturing just to fill the page. Issues with this book: ***spoilers***
When Amber is running for her life from a werewolf and she takes time to answer a phone! Really??? OMG he catches her and she is surprised!
An officer gets hurt on the job and Amber is the only one in the hospital. Usually there are loads of police support for one of their own.
At a press conference, all hell breaks loose. Amber is killing “smoke people” left and right. Dex swallows the smoke (he is now a smoke monster/person) and is crushing her larynx. Now she does the cliché “fight it”. She did not have that advice for anyone else.
Later she makes a comment about not being able to get the smoke monster/person Dex to hold still to reason with him so she has to resort to force.
Your partner is practically eviscerated, has a stroke on the operating table and his second day in the hospital you are whinnying because you cannot see him. You’re his partner not a lover. With his injuries he needs to be in an induced coma. She acts as if he will be returning to work from scratching his toe.
You have just got street creds 2 weeks ago, and you get pissed because your supervisor insists you have another partner. All those
Book three is not on my list for reading.
"Better than the Forst"
GREAT NARRATOR! Gifted author!
Book 2 doesn't have the same level of character development, but it resurrects the primary protagonists personality.
With Book 1, I was caught between worlds. Since the world is more parallel than future, the sexism was almost over done in Book 1. That, and it also seemed as if the author, though gifted and talented, fell to repetitious hysteronics and YA troupes while the narrator was left with a not-always successful responsibility of making up for the silliness and "oh the vapors, little ol' me, and so glad you're sex on a stick so you can help me since I'm individually incapable, despite my bad-assery..."
"Do gooder with Bad Power
Loved it but. passed about do goober. letting basic shot happen to her because of it. grow a Pair.
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