I’m always a little nervous reading the sequel to a book I loved. Plenty of sequel’s drop the ball and don’t liv** Review Courtesy of All Things UF **
I’m always a little nervous reading the sequel to a book I loved. Plenty of sequel’s drop the ball and don’t live up to the first book. That is NOT the case for POSTMORTEM. POSTMORTEM is an even better book than FLATLINE is, and it keeps the characters and the story of Medicine and Magic going strong.
Kate being an ER doctor trying to complete her residency is what drew me to the Medicine and Magic series. There were plenty of ER scenes in FLATLINE and those were some of the highlights of the book. However, the plot of FLATLINE focused on Kate being a doctor, not on the ER. The plot of POSTMORTEM revolves around some crazy magical occurrences happening while Kate is working at the ER. POSTMORTEM is exactly what I hoped Medicine and Magic would bring to urban fantasy, a fresh breath of air and a new perspective for a main character.
My only complaint about FLATLINE was the magic system, almost nothing was explained about how the magic worked. People just threw around spells or pulled on raw magic. POSTMORTEM gives a little more in depth description of the magic system. Kate has ignored her magic her whole life and tried not to learn about it, so since the story is told through her eyes, there didn’t seem to be any solid rules to the magic system. As Kate learns more about how magic work, we get so understand the magic system in the Medicine and Magic series more. It is still far from a true hard magic system, but there’s a little less handwavium in POSTMORTEM.
The world of Medicine and Magic also continues to grow in POSTMORTEM, Kate learns that the veil is in place to hold back more than just demons. In addition to that she discovers much more about her own magic and many hints about where it might come from. And once again, all this information is provided to us, the readers, without any info dumping.
POSTMORTEM took a slightly different turn then I expected when it comes to the romance that was slowly building up in FLATLINE, and I loved it. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say any more, except to state that the romance in POSTMORTEM follows in the slow burn fashion, staying far away from the insta-lust I dread.
POSTMORTEM continues the great Medicine and Magic series, improving the world building and magic system, and enhancing the story and characters from FLATLINE. I highly recommend this series, and can’t wait for the next book....more
DARK FANG was sexy, gory and fun. It tackles a serious subject with levity, if you consider bloodbaths andReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
DARK FANG was sexy, gory and fun. It tackles a serious subject with levity, if you consider bloodbaths and exploding heads light reading. Our heroine, Valla, is adorable, ruthless and out to save the world, whether the world wants saving or not!
The strange thing about Valla is how human she is, for a bloodthirsty vampire who has been living at the bottom of the ocean for the last hundred years. The ocean scenes are wonderful, and Valla lives it up the way you’d expect an all powerful vampire to. She has fun, gets confused, and when she decides to go on her crusade, she cuts a fun, fast path through corporate America.
There have been lots of comics about humans destroying the planet, but few have had such a camp feel to it. She takes out industry leaders, hypnotises others into conserving the environment and even decapitates heads of state on live television. As her efforts ramp up, the efforts of those who oppose her ramp up too, with more and more ridiculous and over the top attempts to kill her.
The cartoony art style fits the tone of the story. For someone who has never read a vampire story this might be called horror, but I see it more as eco-humour with a bloody side. It’s more entertaining than preachy, more amusing than scary. The excellent characterisation and the over the top plot and violence make you want more. With a wicked end to the first volume, I want more DARK FANG and I want it soon!...more
I’ve got so many good things to say about FLATLINE I’m not sure where to begin. I guess I’ll begin with what d*** Review Courtesy of All Things UF ***
I’ve got so many good things to say about FLATLINE I’m not sure where to begin. I guess I’ll begin with what drew me to FLATLINE. I’ve been reading Urban Fantasy for over six years now, because of that I’m always searching for some new twist in the genre. The main character in FLATLINE is Kate, a medical doctor trying to finish her ER residency while trying to hide her dark magic from the mage council. That was enough of a twist for me to pick FLATLINE up and give it a try.
Did FLATLINE live up to my expectations? It one hundred percent did. The medical scenes in FLATLINE are awesome, I have no background in medicine so I don’t know for certain, but they sound a lot more real and accurate than any medical drama I’ve seen on TV. In addition to breaking away from the norm by having a doctor as main character, Kate uses a sword that isn’t a katana when she fights. The katana is a great blade, but it has been overhyped and without proper training a short sword is a far easier blade to wield.
If you follow my reviews you know I always take a deep dive into the world and magic system of every book I read. The world of Magic and Medicine is slowly explained without any info dumps. The explanation is done perfectly, there’s never a time where the characters are lecturing about background information they should already know. I’m also pretty certain that FLATLINE only starts the world building, I hope to see the world continue to grow and develop throughout the rest of the Medicine and Magic series. My only complaint about FLATLINE is the magic system. I hope it will be expanded on more, but for now it’s mostly handwavium to accomplish whatever is needed to advance the plot.
My all time favorite thing about FLATLINE was the lack of insta-lust! This is horribly overused in paranormal romance, and usually creates a rather uninspiring and lack luster romance. Instead in FLATLINE there is a growing friendship between Aron and Kate with plenty of physical attraction thrown in too, but their romance will be a slow burn and that’s my preference. Also Kate first meets Aron in what would normally be a sexy knight coming to the rescue of the damsel in distress situation, except Aron shows up to see Kate more than capable of handling the problem on her own. And the trope is continually flipped throughout FLATLINE as Kate saves Aron far more than he saves her.
The sequel to FLATLINE comes out today as well, I’m sure I’ll be mostly through POSTMORTEM by the time you read this review. I loved FLATLINE and SA Magnusson is now on my list of authors to follow. I highly recommend FLATLINE....more