The Witchkin Murders
I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, depending on your persp...more
Four years ago, Magicfall, an explosion of wild magic, occurred and the world was forever changed. While this story takes place in Portland, Oregon, the rest of the world is in similar or worse shape. There was a war between some supernaturals and those that were human and many ...more
It's very difficult to read on a tablet or phone, but even on a 'kindle paper' it's not pleasant. I found it very distracting.
This is a UF book set in post apocalyptic setting (the usual magic tragedy), nothing new ...more
I really liked the world ...more
I don't believe I've read this author's work before. But a quick check on GR let me know that it likely would have some romance mixed in with the fantasy story. While I'm usually okay with some romance mixed in, I found this to be too heavy on the romance for me in that it was a distraction from the main story.
The world was an interesting one, but apparently there's a previous series -- The Horngate Witches -- in which the world is more ful ...more
Magic has entered the world and pretty much completely changed it. Those who developed some type of power are known as witchkin and left to police themselves. The humans separate themselves which could be their downfall. There is some great world building going on, lots of action, some mystery, a touch of romance, and lots of surprises that will keep you turning the page until there are no more. Perfect ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
The Witchkin Murders is the first installment in author Diana Pharaoh Francis' Magicfall Urban Fantasy series. 4 years ago, the world exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and those like Kayla Reese and Ray Garza found themselves living a different life. Kayla Reese went from a cop to scavenger overnight, while Detective Ray Garza, Kayla's former partner, has been ...more
Four years ago Kayla's world imploded when wild magic exploded and the supernatural world (or Witchkin) declared war on the humans. Now there is an uneasy truce with humans and the technomages on one side and all Witchkin on the other. Kayla was a successful detective until the war, when wild magic hit she transformed into a terrible monster whenever she got wet. Unable to continue working for Portland PD she now scavenges for scarce resources like tampons and peanut butte ...more
I like Diana Pharoah Francis. I loved her Diamond City Magic Series. I dove into this book hoping to find another read like Trace of Magic but did not find it.
This book is a spin-off/offshot? Of “The Horngate Witches” and I really wish I’d read that first. The world building is interesting, but there is a lo ...more
Kayla was a police detective when the magicfall happened. She quit her job and disappeared from her partner's life. But now she needs him when she discovers murders in the park.
Ray is angry with Kayla for leaving without a trace but he was pretty mean to her when she said she needed to go. He still has no idea what caused Kayla to quit the force but he sure isn't going to let ...more
This book has a pretty interesting magic system. I used to wonder what people meant when they said that, and this book really schooled me on magic systems and what they truly mean. Basic p ...more
I liked the dynamic between Kayla and Ray, how they had a great history of partners when they were cops. Sadly when the magic apocalypse happened their relationship imploded as Kayla left the police force. Now it’s years later, both of them are hiding things ...more
1. Info-dump about the world and what happened in the first 5 pages.
2. A female protagonist that behaves like a hormonal teenager with a short fuse. Actually, scratch that, EVERYONE I met in the first 5 pages behaves like hormonal teenagers with short fuses. How can matur ...more
*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
When the Guardians rose up, tired of the magical community living in hiding from the humans, they brought forth magic and war to the humans. But many people who thought that they were just simple humans had hidden powers brought forth as well, causing them to be altered in surprising ways, even at times losing their human shapes. Kayla is one of the altered ones, leaving behind her past as a police officer to instead scavenge and attem ...more
The story is set in an interesting "post-Magicfall" Portland, when magic has challenged technology for supremacy. Fans of the Kate Daniels series and the show Grimm will likely find the premise familiar. The protagonist is a former cop who's hiding one or two really significant secrets: 1. She's witchkin, and 2. she comes from a background none of her former colleagues would suspect. Once Magicfall hit - when magic became the dominating force over technology - ...more
Series: Magicfall Book #1
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi Fantasy
Blurb: Four years ago, my world—the world—exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and my life went straight to hell.
I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, dependin ...more
Kayla’s life changed drastically for her after Magicfall. Kayla is now a witchkin something that is not exactly human anymore. Before Magicfall Kayla was a detective a job she loved very much but after the war changed her she left the department and now she can be found scavenging the streets fo ...more
This is not the first book by this author I’ve read. I liked the voice and attitudes of the characters in the previous two series’ i’ve read, and this definitely does not disappoint. Like her other books, this is an alternate history- magic came and literally exploded out; changing the landscape and fabric of humanity.
Before, Kayla was a decorated detective, partnered with Ray, and disappeared from the force after Magicfall. According t ...more
This novel was an excellent read to start the series! So much action and mystery, involving murders and magic. The author draws you into this new world. Magicfall occurred four years ago, and some people developed special abilities and powers. This did not sit well with the humans. Kayla is one of those people, who had to leave a job she loved because of her own transformation that she could not control. Her partner, Ray, felt be ...more
The worldbuilding and base concept of this book are really intriguing and well grounded in a tantalizing setting. The plot is also a juicy genre blend of mystery, procedural, and gritty urban fantasy.
But I'm just not into it.
The main female POV character is strong and engaging, but I had trouble connecting with the main male character, especially when early on, he made this inner dialogue comment about a female coworker: "If she needed or ...more
Magicfell was an explosion of magic that revitalized and unleashed magic upon the world. Old creatures came back to life and some humans found they were no longer human. Kayla, a ex-cop, left the force right after magicfall when she realized she was a shifter. Four years later she comes across a magical murder and calls in her old partner, Ray, to investigate.
I really loved all the characters in this book. Kayla was st ...more
There are multiple layers to this story, and there is a feeling of a fully formed world one in which a lot more could hopefully be explored. The richness of this story led me to read straight through and I think it'll do the same for anyone else.
I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for a frank review and it is my opinion that this is well worth the purchase and well worth the time ...more
So, so good. What an interesting twist on the genre. Mysteries to solve, powerful bad guys, the formation of a group of heroes. It really doesn't get better. Diana Pharaoh Francis has been a favorite author of mine for years. She's got another winner here. Check it out