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 Loch 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.
©2014 Diana Pharaoh Francis (P)2016 Bell Bridge Books
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"Promising new series! Credit used with no regrets."
Intriguing, different, racy
As my first experience with Diana Pharaoh Francis, I'm thrilled that she was able to take a potentially beaten-to-death premise of a magic-laced modern world and unveil a fresh new take on it.
The plot and themes of magic unfold very well throughout the story. The characters aren't just archetypal pawns, either. Francis has done a good job fleshing them out with an entire series in mind. The character development is steady and doesn't seem too forced, and I found Riley, the main character, to actually be likable. A couple of my recent listens made it impossible to care if the characters—let alone the main one—just burst into flames. This one was refreshing and fun.
Francis did a great job ending the book while keeping it open. To me, that means she trusts her readers and writing ability enough to keep a series going.
**Note: If you can't handle graphic sexual content, you can easily fast forward through it. This is an adult-oriented book, sure, but sex isn't the focal point of the story. Oh, and you might want to rethink listening if: 1) you're looking for something that redefines a genre or deconstructs societal norms or 2) you're offended by swearing, I guess.**
Everything. This is the first book I've listened to with her as the narrator. I think I'm in love. She has a nice character range, volume consistency (no inaudible whispering or surprise screeching), and an incredibly digestible voice. It was easy to imagine that Riley was the one speaking.
No. This could easily be warped into a horrible movie with a vacant, libido-driven main character thrown into action scenes, so please just read the book. The book is good.
"A good adventour for those who love possiblities"
Great Story Line
I would compare this to the David Eddings Wizards First Rule. I would also say the Laurell K. Hamilton's first few books before she forgot how to right a story and went straight into Porn.
She was excellent. I have a lot of audio books, but I love Elizabeth's performance. The men sounded like men the women sounded like woman and the story line flowed so smoothly.
So many authors cope out with a story line that is a good hook and then they provide little substance and a lot of sex. Although there is a little sex in this book, the key focus is the story line and how it plays out.
I want to wait for the other books in this series so that I can finish the whole story line. I might have to purchase the hard covers so that I can see how things are going to work in the future.
"I enjoyed the story but..."
I felt like the most important thing to the main characters was figuring out if the other person really loved them. I thought the plot had more going for it than love turmoil and it kept coming up in the middle of really interesting and exciting moments. It made it hard to enjoy the action.
"Surpassed All Expectarins!!!!"
Best paranormal Romance since laurell K Hamilton without all the multipartner sex, Faith Hunter who is my all time favorite, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs. This Author is on instant download from now on. She really is going to go far wuth this series. This book has it all. Plot was unique and I listened to it all at once. couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Riley is a tough heroine that has a good heart. Along comes our hero who is a good cop but has dealings with some bad people. reminds me a little of mafia but with magic everywhere. Most definitely credit worthy but I would have spent the money for this listen. I can not wait to see how this series grows. narration was perfect for this book and the few sex scenes were hot. like I said this book has it all. If you like paranormal romance this is your new favorite Arthur. Happy Listening.
"Couldn't wait for the next book!"
Interesting new view on the world, strong characters, great dialog! I bought this story in all its formats. The narrator does a great job at voicing the separate characters, you really just fall into the story! Hope the second book in the series is recorded soon!
"Great Concept, So-so writing"
I got this book on sale, and probably would not want to spend a whole credit on it.
Really interesting magical concept. Very creative- I would like to see what happens, but the writing is clunky. The characters act improbably and the constant physical danger is just over the top.
I would really rather not. Honestly, a "null" is not pronounced "knowel," and she just didn't have the depth to carry off the series. A different reader might have really bumped up the experience.
"Not in love with the narrator"
The story of this book is so interesting a character intent on being a loner, protecting herself and her family from mafia like interests -- while also being a person of intense power, and trying to hide it from everyone.
Unfortunately I found myself irritated and reluctant to return to the story over and over, and I think that had to do with the narrator. I don't think she made the main character sound as strong as she really was, and it was a distraction from the story.
Excellent new series, I am looking forward to listening to book 2!! i cant wait to see Riley show what she can do!
Good idea, good story, but the choices driving the storyline indicate a character who is very immature and valuing personal pride at the expense and safety of herself and loved ones. Had the authoress involved this character flaw in her character's internal monologue the story could have engaged me as a reader and had me in her corner rooting for her. Instead every new direction the story took frustrated me with the desire to stop reading. I will probably decide not to pay full price for any others in this series.
"good story, interesting setting and characters"
loyalty, romance, danger
No, she was the weak link in the audiobook, the narration was stilted, didn't flow well.
The tension of the heroine seeing the wreck her brother in law had become was touching, haunting and caught my attention. She had worked to rescue him, but he could be beyond help.
I am looking forward to what happens next.
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