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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 24, 2020
Source: Book Tour Provided
Sizzling hot flame magic and a larger than life personality are Taran’s defense against a world that has long shut her out or tried to kill her. Now, her oldest sister is vulnerable with an unborn child and evil has targeted Celia. Taran will do what it takes to protect Celia even against a being who betrayed her friendship to seek the power of a god. This series has stood stood strong through many conflicts facing the Wird sisters. I am jazzed over each new release especially as we come to the climax of Taran’s part of the story.
Of Flame and Fury is the ninth of the Weird Girls series of connected urban fantasies and is the third of the Flame sub-series with Taran as the lead role.
As the most powerful supes of the world come together to hopefully unite to protect Celia’s prophecy child, an insidious betrayal from within causes Taran and everyone she loves to face devastating loss and ultimate defeat with astronomically low chances of survival.
Fortunately, Taran doesn’t know when to quit. She’s faced down disapproving in laws, her own fears, witch school, and even her own rocky mating. Her whole life has been a fight for survival against the odds and this time it is for her beloved sisters and all she holds dear. She recognizes the evil cloying magic ranged against her and also what gruesome creatures hide in the shadows and rushes at it fire and lightning blazing. But, will she and her friends be enough?
As I pointed out in the summary, through four books and novellas with Taran as the main figure, she has matured and honed herself into a powerful protector and leader in her own right. She has earned the respect of Gemini her mate, the weres, the witches, and even the vamps of the Tahoe area. For all her loud-mouthed snark, she is still the big-hearted, generous protector of her sisters alongside Celia. Now it is Taran’s turn as Celia must sit this one out because of her pregnancy. Aric has grown in power as the strongest were, but he is always vulnerable trying to protect Celia. The enemy is someone Taran knows best out of everyone so she takes point and it was exciting to see her show that she has come along way and arrived at the height of her power and strength just in time. She rolls out a few snarky remarks and thinks several more so there is some humor, but mostly Taran means business and is in the mood take out the trash.
This book was nearly non-stop, breathless action sequences. The action is focused around Taran, but it was good to see all the usual characters getting into the act particularly Taran back to back with her sisters. I love when the four sisters are working together the best. So different in skill, ability, and personality, and yet they have always been there together and fighting. Taran has special moments with Gemini that make it obvious they have worked through a lot, but the focus is very much on survival against a hoarde of hideous creatures and a cunning enemy ranged against them.
Of Flame and Fury is wrapping up Taran’s part and transitioning into Emme as the next lead in the series. I’m pretty excited about that. Emme has had a tough role in the ongoing story already and those hints of something brewing between her and Bren have me oh so curious about the future for them and the ongoing series conflict is still there to challenge Emme and her sisters, too.
So, all in all, this was one pounding adrenaline rush that left me nearly euphoric at the end. So many intense moments and that climax was well worth the build up. There was always an under layer of emotion so the reader feels the situation right along with the characters. If you’re an urban fantasy fan who loves when all the supernaturals get into the act, the characters are full of life, and each book leaves you gasping and flipping pages to the end, but haven’t had the chance to start this series, don’t hesitate.
My thanks to Caffeinated PR services for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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