In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble.Synopsis:
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I'm glad that I finally decided to read this as I've had it since it was first released. I'm even more glad that I didn't read it right away since book 2 isn't out until Jan. 2017. I'm already not liking that I have to wait.
I've been having a pretty difficult time finishing books for about a year now. Surely I can't be tired of reading and most of the books I have been reading aren't bad, I just keep losing interest. It's why I made sure to start changing genres more often. Fantasy books are the easiest for me to finish (aside from manga) followed by paranormal. Contemporary books seem to be the hardest to finish. I have finished a few books this year, but haven't been updating, so I'm trying to get back to that.
I was pretty much hooked on this one from the start thanks to Safi and Iseult's first fight (they are so awesome when they fight together like that) against Aeduan the Bloodwitch. I really love the fight scenes in this book.
Both Safi and Iseult are really likable. Safi can be very impulsive and that pretty much starts the girls on their current lives basically unraveling. Iseult is mostly the level-headed one, but when she's on her own, her emotions tend to get in her way. As a Threadwitch, she's supposed to be able to completely control her emotions, but can't do it. Especially if she's around her mother or another Threadwitch named Alma. Both girls work best when they are together, but they aren't completely useless alone. They actually do get better at handling things when they are separated. They both impressed me when they were in Lejna at the end of the book and end up on paths that send them down different roads.
I also really liked Merik. His Nihar temper didn't bother. Most of the time, when he snapped on someone, they deserved to get snapped on. He and Safi have a strong yearning for each other that they very nearly don't give in to. But now Safi is gone, but she helped Merik meet his main goal. Not only that, part of Nubrevna has begun to recover from the horrible things that were done to it during the Great War and it should get even better after what Iseult and Safi did at the Water Well. But now Safi is gone and Merik has people he needs to keep safe. I wonder if Iseult will warn him about the Puppeteer.
Then there's Aeduan. He's probably the most interesting of the characters. He's not completely evil despite what everyone thinks of him because he is a Bloodwitch, but I think he wants to be. He doesn't want to care about other people, but there are some he can't seem not to help. Especially if they've saved his life and he ends up with a life-debt to them. He also seems to care about Evrane, his old mentor and Merik's aunt, which were some scenes I really enjoyed. I wonder what he will do now that he is headed back to his father who is definitely up to no good. The three empires are all so gung-ho to get their hands on Safi because she's a Truthwitch, but I don't think they realize there's more danger out there aside from warring with each other. Aeduan is a part of that danger, but perhaps something will happen to cause him to have to honor his Carawen vows. Right now, he seems determined to ignore the return of the Cahr Awen, but so long as he finds Iseult intriguing, I doubt he'll get away with that.
Ervane is on her way back to the Carawen Monastery to tell the other monks that the Cahr Awen have returned. Some of the monks Aeduan had asked to help him catch Safi also saw this and may have spread the word, but Ervane has even better proof. I can't wait to find out how that turns out. I doubt all of the monks will fall into line as Aeduan seems to believe that not all of the monks care about keeping their vows. We shall see.
I wonder if Vaness will find out just how important Safi is. She's more than just a Truthwitch, but without the other half of the pair, will it matter? Will it raise the value of both Safi and Iseult? Will Iseult meet up with her mother and Alma again? Will she run into Corlant again? What's his deal, anyway. Iseult isn't what he thinks she is, but someone else is. Did he have a reason for insisting that Iseult is the Puppeteer? I believe Iseult has the ability to do what the Puppeteer does, but perhaps she can do it in a way that won't drown her into too much darkness. I hope she can figure it out.
In the end, I really enjoyed this book and ended up reading it straight through. It wasn't perfect as it felt like I was thrown into the world without real explanations behind things. Most of it I was able to figure out due to context, but the worldbuilding wasn't set up in a way that didn't frustrate me. I was also irritated that for most of the story, I wasn't sure just how old our main characters are. I figured it out eventually, but I would have appreciated knowing it a little earlier. Still, they are interesting characters and I'm excited for book 2 in order to find out what's going to happen next....more
Long ago, the Dragon Born were hailed as the most powerful mages in the world. Today, they are condemned as abominations and have been huntedSynopsis:
Long ago, the Dragon Born were hailed as the most powerful mages in the world. Today, they are condemned as abominations and have been hunted to near extinction.
Sera Dering has spent her entire life hiding her forbidden magic from the supernatural council who would kill her for the crime of being born. After years of drifting, she’s finally found a new life working as a low-grade mercenary for San Francisco’s oldest monster cleanup guild. She’s safe—as long as she pretends to be human.
But a dark and mysterious power is taking control of mages’ minds, and Sera’s guild sends her in to investigate. To save her city from a magical apocalypse, she must work together with a sexy and deadly mage who represents the very council that sentenced the Dragon Born to death. And if he finds out what she is, she’ll be next…
Mercenary Magic is the first book in the Dragon Born Serafina urban fantasy series.
The Dragon Born Series The Dragon Born Serafina and Dragon Born Alexandria sister series can be read independently or together. Suggested reading order: Mercenary Magic (Dragon Born Serafina, Book 1) Magic Edge (Dragon Born Alexandria, Book 1) And more books coming soon...
I liked this one. It was pretty fast paced and it isn't too long, so it doesn't take all that long to read it. While I can't think of a series off of the top of my head that this reminds me of, the book isn't that different from the majority of the books in the UF and PNR genres. I think that I mainly liked it because it was so in line with those. You have the heroine who is not the human that she's pretending to be with a secret to hide because should it be expose, she's very likely to be put to death and the overbearing alpha male that won't take no for an answer.
Right off, knowing Sera has a secret means she's going to be put into a situation where the secret will come out. Also, because the world at large knows about the supernatural and go batshit crazy over anything magical, it's likely she'll be caught on film doing something magical. If that doesn't happen, then some overbearing man will show up and try to convince her to use the magic he knows she has and she'll end up doing it because they end up in a life or death situation. This is pretty much what happens. It was fun to read, just not very original.
I like Sera because she was sassy and smart-mouthed and that's how I like my MCs. It doesn't make her any different from most heroines, but it's a personality type that I like. I'm not sure how I feel about Kai, yet. He's very persistent, but then, he is practically a dragon. He can be really overbearing, though and he's definitely not very in tune with "the little people." For Kai, being a part of the most power magical dynasty definitely colors his views on things. Also, I don't know what the mean would do with his magic as he uses it for practically everything. I wouldn't mind him getting humbled a bit. There's no sex in this book, but Sera and Kai definitely want to have sex with each other. Sera isn't completely sold on the idea because she figures she's just one more woman in a long string of flings for Kai based on a reaction his secretary had to seeing them making out in his office. Of course, Kai seems determined to give Sera no space and promptly invites himself over to her house to hang out with her little brother Riley again.
The villains were a bit too obvious for me and their motivation was lacking. They were just power hungry and the way they went about gaining their power made them crazy. Of course, that storyline isn't completely done with as some of them are still on the loose.
And now of course, the dreaded Magic Council is poking their noses into things because they've discovered Sera has magic and they want her to be tested. So the next book will likely be about Kai training Sera for the Magic Games and Sera trying to survive her test while trying not to succumb to Kai's charms. I'll likely check it out as this book entertained me enough that I was able to finish it and lately, that has been becoming a rare thing for me to do.
There's also a companion series about Sera's twin sister Alex, but I can't decide if I want to try it. I'm sure they must be different from each other in some way, but I'm not sure how since Sera and Alex are hiding the same secret with the same consequences. Sera has partially exposed herself now, so I do wonder how that will affect Alex....more