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The Witchkin Murders

(Magicfall #1)

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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 persp

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Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published June 7th 2019 by Bell Bridge Books
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Marta Cox
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Magic, secrets and of course murder fuel the plot of this story that's set in a somewhat alternative world. The last thing Kayla needs is her ex partner getting wind of why she really quit the force but the universe is certainly having a lot of fun at her expense. First it gave her the worst family imaginable, then it decided to turn her into a Monster and now it's got Kayla working with Ray on a case only this time would you believe there are godly tantrums to sort out ?
I really liked the world
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Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Bell Bridge Books for this arc.

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
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Mara
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's extremely irritating to pay full price (8$) for a traditionally published book and then get a sub par work because the publisher couldn't make a final quality check. The Kindle edition is 'printed' with half the pages randomly in italics, a perfect choice for a screen no doubt :/
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
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Jessica Robbins
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

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
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*Thoughts*

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
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Alison
Three and a half stars.

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
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Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
The Witchkin Murders has everything I could ask for in a book. A strong take no crap heroine; a yummy, flawed hero, interesting world building. Magic, and secrets, and impending doom. Oh my.

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
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Beth
The Witchkin Murders was all over the place for me. I really did love it at times but then it kind of dragged on and on.

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
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Eva Millien
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world exploded with wild magic and the supernatural world declared war on humans and Kayla life went straight to hell. She used to be a detective and now she’s witchkin and a scavenger trying to hide her secret. But any chance she had of escaping her past and keeping her secret disappears when she discovers a murder scene that screams whit signs of black magic ritual. She has to work with her old partner who hates her for abandoning the department and if she screws this up, Portland will be ...more
Darcy
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked that this book is set in the world of the The Horngate Witches, but if you haven’t read the series you will have no problem reading this one. This books seems to be the aftermath if what happened in the other series a few years later.

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
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Toni
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This is the first book in the Magicfall series. The author is a new one for me and I was not disappointed. Awesome stuff lives in these pages. I realized later that I had another of the author’s books in my Kindle Library (THE CIPHER). So, I may be reaching for that one soon hoping it is as stellar as this one.

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
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Katherine Paschal
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/

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
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Elena Linville
I tried ya'll, I really did. I gave it 50 pages to grab me or to at least feel something other than growing irritation with the two alternating protagonists. But in the first 50 pages we have all the things that I hate in books:

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
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Bobbie Kirkland
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of THE WITCHKIN MURDERS (Magicfall: Book 1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis in exchange for an honest review. Magicfall brought the return of magic to the world and a war between the magical witchkin and the humans. The war is now over, and the magical and nonmagical people reside uneasily together in this strange new post-apocalyptic world. Prejudice is rampant, and police assistance is only available to the nonmagical. Kayla was a police detective before Magicfall; afterward, s ...more
C. S.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNFing at 16% for primarily it's-not-you-it's-me reasons.

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
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Susan
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Witches, mages, and Gods. Oh my! Great characters with an exciting new world to explore. Action, mystery, and romance kept me glued to my ereader. The Witchkin Murders is the first book I’ve read by Diana Pharaoh Francis and definitely won’t be my last! I’m looking forward to more in the series!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Jeffrey
Diane Pharaoh Francis “The Witchkin Murders – Magicfall” is a great addition to the paranormal urban fantasy oeuvre. Francis knows how to write interesting stories and this “kitchen sink” urban fantasy successfully melds the paranormal, post-apocalyptic, romance and detective genres in the first in a new series about a much changed world after Magicfall and the Witchwar. The world erupted in a cataclysm, magic was strewn around affecting a vast slice of people. Magical creatures have come out of ...more
Stacey
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Advance copy provided by NetGalley.

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 -
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Jackie

BOOK 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, depending on your perspective. To survive, I’ve become a scavenger, searching abandoned houses and stores for the everyday luxuries in
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Sarah
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads, favorites
Title: The Witchkin Murders
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
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Sharon Tyler
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The Witchkin Murders is the first book in the Magicfall series by Diana Pharaoh Francis. 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 sc ...more
wonderfullyweird88
Four years ago, the world was rocked by the fact that the magical beings of myth were real, and they were tired of hiding. Known as Magicfall, the supernatural world declared war on humans. Tensions are still fraught between witchkin and humans, but the world is trying to adjust to its new normal. 

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
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 CRANKY STARS


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
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T.J. Fox
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgally
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I liked the majority of the characters and there was a freshness to the way magic was brought into the story in this world. That said, I didn’t love it. It was a good story, but there were a few things that kept it from being a much better story for me.

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
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Sherry
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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
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Pam
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Charlotte Bayley Westcott
Jun 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
*ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review*

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.

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Ashley Reyes
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy for an honest review from Netgalley.

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
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Jacey
This is set in a Portland (Oregon) beset by magic. The city is recovering from the witch war, but there's still a lot of suspicion and witchkin are not counted as people, even when they turn up murdered. Kayla was a cop and a damned good one, until Magicfall happened and she turned into something else entirely. Ray was her cop partner and he's spent the last four years unable to come to terms with the fact that she walked out on her job, and him. He doesn't know that she's a shapechanger, but th ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four years ago magic exploded in this world leaving people altered. There is now a division between humans, technomages, and witchkin. Kayla Reese is one of those people. She was a detective but now has some other abilities that made her become a scavenger. One day she is out and discovers the murder of three witchkin. She can’t help but report them to her old partner Ray Garza.

Ray is still pissed about her leaving the force for no reason and he wants to know why. Cops won’t investigate a witchk
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