Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.
Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.
The novel starts off with a bang! A young woman has been murdered. Her heart stolen, but no physical wounds to show how it was stolen. So what is a hard knocks detective supposed to do? Well, Duncan calls in the necromancer, or diviner, Callie Brown to look into the last moments of the young woman’s life. Only when she takes a look, another necromancer stops her from seeing it all. Now Callie and Duncan are racing against a clock to find out what’s going on when the bad guys are already several steps ahead in the game.
Alexandra Ivy has been an author I have wanted to read, but with a series, I just didn’t have time to start from the beginning. Just my luck she has a new series that the world building is awesome and inviting. With some more character development with plot development, this series could rock my world.
So we have two characters that are very interesting. Duncan is a detective getting over his divorce, but strangely attracted to Callie on each case they work together. He’s also hiding his own secrets that everyone normal can’t see, but high-bloods can.
High-bloods you say? Well these are a group of people with basically powers. They can be witches, diviners, soul diviners, Sentinels and so much more. They have existed since the beginning of time, but only recently come out to the world. Let’s just say the “normals” aren’t the nicest of people. Any two “normals” can produce a high-blood and of course any high-blood can produce them too. Callie was abandoned in a dumpster when she was a baby, so she knows nothing of her past having been raised in Vahalla.
Callie is also bonded to the Sentinel, Fane. They are much like brother and sister, but Fane is there to make sure Callie is always protected. I couldn’t quite tell if Fane had a thing for Callie or not, but Callie just thought of him as an older brother. When Duncan starts to take on more of the roll of protector to Callie, Fane and Duncan have a lot of tension filled moments. But in general, Fane didn’t interfere or try to win Callie back. The second book in the series is about Fane and Serra, Callie’s best friend.
We follow the story as we know Zak is the bad guy and his witch Anya has saved him over the years. They are bringing the ultimate bad to town (Kansas City) and everyone is on the payroll to stop them without really knowing who they are, where they are and what they intend to do to rule the world.
After drowning in world building, I came to a point at 50% where I realized I was bored. While I didn’t hate the characters, I felt no connection to them, nor did I care if the bad guys got to them or not. Sad but true. And probably if you are still reading, you are bored with my review. Sad but true.
New to Me
So I knocked out reading a new author and starting a new series to me in one blow. Unfortunately, the world building took up too much of the story time that I felt just blah about the characters. When the climax of the story arc finally came into play, I was skimming because I mostly didn’t care. I was hoping to have more of a vested interest in what happens to these characters and the world they live in. Hopefully the next book will grab my interest more.
Books ‘N Tunes Challenge
For this book I am pairing it with the song Raise the Dead by Rachel Rabin. Well, the story is about raising the dead with necromancers everywhere it seems.
It’s twisting on a thread
Come raise the dead
Literary Pickers Challenge
Items found: tattoo, jeans, mansion/estate, best friend, and cop.