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Cast in Balefire: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Mage Craft Series) (Volume 4) Paperback – October 13, 2016
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Sadly this book is not about them. If it were I think I would have liked it so much more. But this book is about Death and the girl he wants for his very own who married the abusive Fae Prince. And your like Robin that sounds totally awesome too. But alas it could be. It should be. But it is not.
Let me just say the plot of this book was so much better than the last book of this series. But I struggle with the Main Character Marion. Most of the time I don’t like her and I don’t get her or her motivations. Everyone in the Fae court think that she is an adulterer and they are mean to her. There is like one person she is even slightly attached to in that court and yet she is trying to do everything she can to save them. I say take the little frost giant and go. Forget your husband and his fae friends, they are complete jerks.
I read this slow. Part of that is that the Seth is the PoV that I like the most and we don’t get to a PoV from him until the last quarter of the book. Before that we get Marion mentioned above and Konig, whom I hate with a force of a Hypernova. That tantrum throwing, wife beating, adulterating jerk can die a slow and brutal death covered in fire ants, preferably starting at his crotch.
***“You know my ugly truths, princess. For all that I’ve been a little shit, my mother died with my toddler-era finger paintings hanging on her wall. My baby teeth are immortalized in a jar. She wanted me to talk her every night before I went to sleep. You’ve seen how my temper can get, and still, I’m more loved than you.”****
The saving graces of this book are Seth of coarse and Charity. Again if this was Charity and Arawn’s love story I think I’d have a better shot at loving it. Plus Arawn is pretty funny and I really enjoy how much he likes pushing other people’s buttons, especially Konig’s.
***“Who was it that arranged this? It’s that guy your wife is in love with. Something-something sexy death god… Right!” He snapped his fingers. “Seth Wilder did this. You know, most guys just send ladies flowers.”***
I was dreading that Marion would sleep with her husband. I mean it has been a few months since they have been married and she has held out but now there is this 3 month deadline that is coming and that is timeline that Seth was working on to make sure that the woman he loves didn’t have to go to bed with someone she hates.
I’m sad that Marion is Seth’s love interest since I’m not sure I can ever forgive her for the choices that she has made. I also don’t think she deserves Seth in any way. So my only hope is that the sociopathic demon and the revenant find true love.
This gets 3 stars since the plot was so much better than the other books but I'm so pissed at the main character that I really wanted to throw the book across the room. While the plot of this one is better and I need to finish out the series just to see what happens I think that if I didn’t have friends telling me S.M. Reine’s other series were better that I would never touch a book by her again.
Kathy Barber Doyle - 8/29/2017
Marion is desperate to get her memories back, Marion must complete 3 labors, even though doing so could have a negative impact on her life as well as the lives of others. She needs to know what her mother is up to and what part she plays/played in all of this.
The death of Konig's mother has everyone feeling unsettled, they do not trust Marion. So she is forced to affirm her “love” for Konig (no matter how fake) to show her loyalties and gather trust.
We are still wondering what exactly is Benjamin Wilder’s connection in this whole story, I cannot wait to find out as I am sure that MS. Reine will let us in on, when she is ready of course!
There are so many twists and turns. Each book in this series is more intense than the last, leaving me wanting more, especially after that insane ending.
Fast forward to this current tome. Cast in Balefire is the latest, and next to last effort in this particular series. Although many of the characters have existed in other series within this "multiverse" this series is focused on our protagonist, Marion garin, the Voice of God. Marion has lost all of her memories and is desperately trying to regain them while figuring out the layers of deceit at every turn. I do not wish to provide any spoilers but the turns and twists are fantastic. I often find myself loving and hating characters chapter to chapter, sometimes page to page.
I highly recommend you check out SM Reine's work.
Read and enjoy.