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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 24, 2019
I first discovered this author when I picked up the first book in her Weird Girls urban fantasy series, progressed to her contemporaries, and was excited to see she was taking us back to an urban fantasy world. This time her supernaturals are fae hiding among the humans when the hounds of death got a taste for living fae souls. Suspenseful, emotional, sensual, and exciting with that welcome inclusions of the author’s own brand of humor made this a fab reading experience.
Unearthed begins with pixie, Olivia Finn, working in a prestigious Jersey City law firm with her best bud while keeping up with her curmudgeonly unorganized boss and avoiding the sex on legs cold lawyer Riker. She lost her family to the death hounds when she was young and now, like every other fae, she’s trying to keep her head down and out of their notice especially since Olivia seems to be the only fae who made it through the door between worlds sans magic and her pixie wings.
All this changes when a night of terror at a fae night club shows her an unexpected magic that thwarts death itself, but not before there is terrible heart-breaking loss. Now, she is on the death hounds hit list and someone is helping them root out hidden fae. Olivia is the hope of the fae now and she must turn to the last person she would like to for help learning to use her new-found magic.
Unearthed was an obvious series introduction book, but I enjoyed the way the author revealed her world, her characters, and the situation. It rolled out steadily without being tedious as Olivia went about her new life and death daily life.
Olivia is easy to imagine as a pixie. She’s colorful and fun-loving, strong sense of humor and not the most obvious heroine savior out there with her lack of fight ability and aggressiveness. But, she has a big heart and a need to avenge her family while protecting her fae people so she fearfully takes on the impossible it seems.
But, Olivia is not alone. There is is her trainer and the most confusing, deeply wounded person she knows and misunderstood all along. There is the old ancient fae hydra sharing her officework and her friendship with a power punch of magic. One of her bosses, Bill the gargoyle who is the de facto fae leader. And, a few dragons to pad out the underdog team.
The villains, the hounds of hell who are bloated on fae souls and magic are vicious, disgusting, and perfectly evil, especially the alpha dog. They had a shadowy ally and it was a nice suspense element to see that get revealed near the end, but in the meantime, they were easy to root against.
There is a halting romance, but it has its conflicts going along the side of the main plot of Olivia prepping and taking on a powerful enemy. I look forward to seeing where things go next for this pair and also the ongoing efforts with the team who are challenging death stalking the fae and eventually the oblivious humans all with a dose of humor that is laugh out loud at times.
All in all, this was a sensational start to a new series and I can’t wait to keep going along. Urban Fantasy lovers should definitely give this new one a look-see.
My thanks to Caffeinated PR services and the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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