We all have our reasons for why we like certain genres. What drew me in and captured my interest in Urban Fantasy was the focus on a strong heroine who is the type to have a tremendously crappy time getting knocked down physically and/or metaphorically, but still manages to get up, dust off and go at the problem again. In the Frostbite series, Tess is no exception particularly in this segment of the story.
After the cliffhanger ending of the last installment, I was so eager to find out what happened next. For those that haven’t heard of this series, it is definitely one that must be read in order and it just builds in intensity so you probably don’t want to read past this point if you don’t want spoilers to the series.
Now in this latest story, Tess, along with her witch friend Gretchen travel to Louisiana to discover if a secret group of magic wielders can help her get to Kip in the Netherworld and bring him back. The thing is that they want something in return for their assistance. Tess must help them solve the murder of their Grand Master in exchange for their knowledge of how to bring Kip back.
Tess feels strong-armed and nearly betrayed when even some of the cards are put on the table regarding this group. Sadly, even with the nasty little revelations she is given, she has to agree to help them to get their help. As the story unfolds, it becomes obvious quickly that nobody can be trusted and there are secrets layered on top of secrets. Discovering motives and solving the murder? Pshht, right! Everyone acted suspicious at some point. The tone of this story was this constant feeling of waiting for the other shoe to fall each time Tess entered a new situation. The atmosphere is definitely getting darker with each succeeding book and it had the feel of a really good murder mystery in a scary old mansion. Brrrr! Well actually, I didn’t get scared from the ambiance because I had strong suspicions the whole time and I still think I’m right even if the big revelation didn’t happen in this segment of the story. Yep, you guessed it- another startling statement and cliff hanger of an ending. But hey, at least I got a nice strong dose of some Kip and Tess togetherness that I wasn’t expecting and there were a few answers from the last book’s mysteries given in this one not to mention Tess discovers even more about her abilities.
Honestly, this series is a serious addiction for me. I may need an intervention soon. With that being said, I recommend this series for the Urban Fantasy lovers who like a blend of ghost story, magic and a torchy pair of star-crossed lovers.
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