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Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,694 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
View our feature on Kasey Mackenzie’s Red Hot Fury.Introducing a sizzling new urban fantasy series featuring Marissa Holloway, an immortal Fury who doesn't just get mad...she gets even.

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator for the past five years, she's doing what s
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Ace
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May 19, 2010 faeriemyst rated it liked it
For about the first forty pages, RED HOT FURY has a rocky start, but after it gets over that hump it's a worthwhile read. The Furies are an interesting breed that brings a welcome change from all the vampires, weres, witches, et al. to the urban fantasy genre, and the author adds her own spin to the species. Marissa, or rather Riss, is a tough, sarcastic, sure-of-herself character that won't appeal to everyone, but if you like them more on the gritty side then she might be the heroine for you. T ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Liv rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book could have had potential. The premise and the idea of the Fury is actually pretty novel and unique. Furies are driven by their Rage which gives them special uber-powers. They are governed by the Sisterhood comprised of Furies of different types, overlooking the peace accord between the mundanes and arcanes.

I liked the overall plot of solving a supernatural conspiracy and murder mystery. Riss, or Marissa, was the Chief Investigator of the Magical Crime Unit. In this book, she was driven
Sep 05, 2010 Alexia561 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Really enjoyed this one! I don't think I've read a book featuring furies before, and never really knew their mythology. Love it when I come across new myths and legends! Liked the background provided about harpies and warhounds as well. Very cool!

Really liked Riss, the Fury who is trying to track down why Arcanes have been disappearing, and why someone wants her to think that her missing best friend is dead. She's one of those kickass heroines that I love, and I really liked her. Maybe it was he
Jun 08, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
Look out, paranormal baddies; Marissa Holloway is on the job. Riss is a Fury, and her mission is to fight supernatural crime. Kasey MacKenzie bases her Furies on the ones from Greek mythology, but with a twist. In myth, there were three Furies: Alecto, Tisiphone, and Megaera. Here, these names represent not individual Furies, but classes of Furies. Riss is a Tisiphone. This means she wears red and deals mainly with homicides.

(Unfortunately, MacKenzie doesn’t do as much with this concept as one m
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 21, 2016 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
A non-vampire/werewolf book! It was nice to have something different. A Fury (and her Rage). While this was entertaining and interesting (mythology and the different Furies classes- Megaera, Tisiphone, and Alecto), it was off for me. Riss was, at times, awesome, and at others, meh. (I liked her, I didn't, I liked her, I wanted to slap her, and etc). Nice family twist. The traitor is easily guessed. And what was the deal with Sean? That came out of nowhere.
Not bad, not awesome.
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it it was ok
I got this book through the Amazon vine program as an Advanced Reading Copy. It is the first book in the Shades of Fury series, I was unable to find how many books are planned for this series. The book was okay; there were some great things about it and a number of flaws in it too.

Riss is a Fury, sworn to protect mortals from non-mortals, she works for the Sisterhood and as the head of Magical Investigations in the local police department. When the body of a sister Fury washes up, Riss is Mandat
Apr 15, 2013 Aleksandra rated it it was ok
Dosta mi je više ovih heroina koje moraju da spasavaju ceo svet, nikad ne spavaju, piju kafu na litre i ne funkcionišu bez nje- tata ili mama su neke opasne face a one su ni tamo ni ovamo(roditelji nisu u celoj priči zato što su umrli nekim nesrećnim slučajem)...
Da ne pominjem da uvek izvuku deblji kraj jer nemaju pokriće za aroganciju i glupavo ponašanje pa su uvek u zavojima i ranama koje nemaju vremena da leče, jer su do sad vodile miran život, a onda im je odjednom nešto upalo u stan i odnel
3.5 Stars
With urban fantasy, it can be easy to fall prey to stereotypes. In this book, I feel that the author was trying to fight stereotypes on every front. First of all, this is the first book I have read with the main character as a Fury. Secondly, this book heavily mixed science fiction into the urban fantasy genre. The blend was interesting to say the least but I also can’t say that it really worked for me either. The science heavy parts relating to extinction and cloning were a little conf
Mar 05, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: has-read
I'm not sure why this book got such a low rating by reviewers. I can think of several that had an over 4 star rating that sucked.

The storyline is very original. I can't ever remember reading a paranormal book that had a Fury as a main character, along with a Warhound. That within itself made it interesting. I did know who the bad guy was going to be, that was pretty obvious throughout most of the book. But I was surprised about Mac. I actually ended up liking that surprise. The dynamics of both
Jan 20, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Forgive me if this review contains some ranting. Red Hot Fury started off on a bad note for me. The main character instantly comes off as an irritated cop. There is entirely too much slang and attitude in the first few pages. Complain, complain, give someone attitude, yell at someone, attitude, attitude, complain. Needless to say, the main character Riss got under my skin from the start. I got past it and started to be interested in the mystery. A thought to be extinct group of paranormals turns ...more
Nov 27, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it
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This is the first book in a brand new series by a brand new Author and WOW was it great. Marissa (Riss) is a fun, sexy, independent Fury who works with the Boston PD as there Chief Magical Investigator and someone is trying to kill her at every turn she takes. Riss is called to a murder scene to find that the victim is her missing Best friend who has been gone for years and then discovers that it isn't her body at all just a double made to
Jul 09, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Marissa's duty as a Fury is to solve supernatural crimes and hold the fragile peace between humans and the Arcane. As the chief magical investigator for the Boston police department, she takes all the strange calls. Her latest case hits too close to home when her dead Fury sister washes up on the shore. But things aren't as they seem and she quickly finds herself suspended for sticking her nose too far into things that someone would rather k
Aug 10, 2011 J'aime rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, romance
I chose this book because I love urban fantasy, and even paranormal romance when done well. Unfortunately, I think this book was just trying too hard. I felt like the entire beginning of the book was screaming "see, look how original my world is!" by throwing descriptions at the reader. When, it fact, most of the elements were taken from other popular urban fantasy series. Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, and Marc Del Franco have already done most of what's here including: 1) the uber-powerful Council ...more
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Favorite Quote: "You want one of your own don't you?"
"One? Riss, I'm a hound."
"Oh want a litter?"

Marissa Holloway is a Fury and has worked as the chief magical investigator for the Boston PD for over five years. She had no idea that the murder scene she had been called to will end up changing her entire world in one brief second. Once she determines that a corpse's identity has magically altered she is suspended from her job, a mortal assassin tries to kill her, and she becomes the
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Riss is a Fury, which means if you are a bad guy, you wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.

Riss has people after her, loved ones betraying her, and an ex who might be more.

Storyline: As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator for the past five years, she’s doing what she was born to: solving supernatural crimes.

It’s far from business as usual when the body of one of Riss’s sister Furies washes up i
Mar 15, 2016 chucklesthescot rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr
It was the vivid colours of the book covers that first caught my attention and having a story with an MC that was a Fury seemed different from the other books that I had read in the genre. I was certainly intrigued. Riss was interesting and when she was in kickass mode, I liked her.

I thought that it was going to be a good book as I liked the beginning but as soon as we got to all the angst with her ex and his brother, it turned into every UF book I haven't enjoyed with a whiny MC and a lacklust
Aurian Booklover
Jun 01, 2015 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
Well, the blurb tells you a lot about this action packed story. If you want something different from werewolves and vampires and demons, you have found it in this series. I really enjoyed reading this book, and immediately picked up the second book.
I love realms with lots of arcane species, and in here we have Furies, Harpies, Warhounds, Cats, Goblin, Giants and Sidhe (or are those extinct? or not?) a Phoenix and some other lesser known species. It was really fun to read about Marissa/Riss and
Diane ~Firefly~
Sep 17, 2010 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it really liked it
It was a 3.5 star read but got the extra half star for having some unusual paranormals (furies, harpies, giants, warhounds, etc), which was a nice change. Good story. I liked the heroine and hero as well as the assorted supporting characters. Very interesting world that I'm looking forward to revisiting soon. I did figure out who the bad guy was way before Rissa, but I figure she was just too busy staying alive to have the time to think about it.
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
never have I read a book about a fury in all my days of reading, so I t a little hesitant about it first. but reading through the first few chapters It really grasped a good hold on my attention, and I took every possible chance I could get to read this. And at the end I was a little upset that the book was over.
It took me a while to get into the story, although I'm not sure exactly why. The world is unique and imaginative. The characters are well-drawn. Some of the plot-twists took me by surprise, some of them I saw coming well ahead of time. Overall, a good debut novel.

I'll probably read the next book in the series.
Rosalind M
Jul 02, 2010 Rosalind M rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Apparently, I'm really not too fond of the core personality of Furies. The concept was intriguing, and I enjoyed learning about the other arcane races, but Marissa's behavior and reactions grated after the first three chapters. I'm not keen on Donald Duck's behavior either, so don't take my word as platinum.
Dharia Scarab
May 27, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Apr 21, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope
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Nov 10, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
First Thoughts:
I've recently begun re-reading books that I'd given four stars to because I'm now a poor student so no more new books for a bit. I read this book about three years ago and I could not remember anything about the plot. All I remembered was that I enjoyed it so I was ready to dive straight into it.

What Is It About:
Marissa is an investigator with the police. She's also a fury, so a liaison between the magical world and the mortals. She's begun investigating what appears to be the mur
I'm giving this book three stars, because it was enjoyable. This wasn't my favorite book, nor was it as well written or as well thought out as an Ilona Andrews or Yasmine Galenorn book. If you like that style and can stand a rougher version, then you'll enjoy passing your time with this book.

For me, I love the premise of a Fury being the Chief Magical Investigator, and presiding as justice for any victim of an act of magic. The book draws you in with Riss at work. You learn she's a Fury, one of
this would have been SO MUCH BETTER if riss had been brown but scott is half-egyptian and WONDERFUL so it's not a total loss. this also falls into one of my FAAAVE tropes -- riss and scott broke up a couple years ago, but had to work together to rescue a slew of their kidnapped breathren and realized how much they still loved each other. god bless this trope.

there's a lot of mention of repeated rape and forced impregnation of and scientific experimentation on a large number of side characters, s
Jul 12, 2012 Marsha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
(3.5 Stars) "Red Hot Fury" is a difficult review for me to write because there were so many things I liked about the book and quite a few things I did not like. First, let me say the story line is unique in that it deals with one of my favorite genres mythology. Our main character, Marissa Holloway is a Fury and Chief Magical Investigator whose job is to avenge crimes against the supernatural. She works within the police department in a position that was set up after a war between the arcanes an ...more
Dec 31, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Fans
Red Hot Fury is the first book in the Shades of Fury series by Kasey Mackenzie and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

Hell hath nothing worse than a Fury scorned...

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's Chief Magical Investigator for the past five years, she's doing what she was born to: solving supernatural crimes.

It's far from business as usual when the body of one of Riss's sister Furies washes up in Boston harbor. Riss disc
Jul 15, 2010 Dorri rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
When I read a new author I often find myself comparing their writing styles to those of my more loved and frequently re-read authors. Hoping for something similar enough to someone else that if I'm in a 'mood' for a certain style of writing I have multiple authors to choose from. Now, if I were to say Kasey MacKenzie reminds me of someone, it would have to be a rough version of Kim Harrison.

As Red Hot Fury is a more modern take on old Greek mythology, it snagged me in right away. Even though th
Marissa is a Fury an immortal peace keeper between mortals and arcane creatures. She is also the Magical Investigator for the Boston PD, and when she is called in for an arcane killing she sees a body of a fellow Fury. But what she discovers is that a shape-shifter from a long thought extinct race just looked like her best-friend but was not. When she tells the PD what she has uncovered she is suddenly off the case and suspended. The next thing she knows is that there is a contract out on her li ...more
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