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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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
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, depending on your perspective. To survive, I’ve become a scavenger, searching abandoned houses and stores for the everyday luxuries in ...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 Reese loved her job as a detective, but with Magicfall, she became something more. A shifter but as to what kind, even she doesn't know, only that she has no control over the change and that wate ...more
This turned out to be a story idea I hadn’t seen before now. The world we live in is suddenly changed and magic becomes a known entity. There have always been magical users living among us, but no one knew about it. Witches were a folklore and monsters just scary stories. Magic itself was thought to just be tricks easily explained. Suddenly several volcanoes in the area around Portland OR exploded and what rained down came to be known as MagicFall. All kinds of new terrain appear ...more
I was not a fan at all of Ray’s character. He comes across as a volatile, angry, nearly abusive person and I’m never a fan of those types of characters being the love interest in the story. This has a touch of the ene ...more
I really liked this urban fantasy about an ex-cop who teams ups with her former partner to solve a series of murders in a Portland transformed by a magical apocalypse.
The weakest part of the story is the romance between the two leads, Kayla and Ray. It’s of the “I want him/her, but they can’t possibly want me, so I’ll just keep it a secret” variety. That’s fine as a starting point, but when both characters come back to that thought again and again over the course of the book, it gets to ...more
I am really disappointed in this book. The synopsis interested me considering not only that the book is set in my home town of Portland, OR, but that it also has to do with a new take on witches. There was one giant complication that instantly stopped me in my tracks. Which includes a quote from the book that I am going to post below from the main male character Ray about his female coworker.
(view spoiler)["Sharon Dix wasn't beautiful ...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
Ray is still pissed about her leaving the force for no reason and he wants to know why. Cops won’t investigate a witchk ...more