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Elemental Arcane: An Urban Fantasy Novel Series (The Eldritch Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I never felt a connection with Samantha, the main character and some of her actions and her attitude took me by surprise. I wanted to smack her when she pulled this “You are only here by my sufferance” type of talk involving two non-human cops who are trying to help her. She can banish “Others” back to where they belong. Just where is that?
I had enjoyed many books in her Zoe Martinique series, but I have to say between the lack of world and character building and the grammatical errors, this whole thing needs a good editor and revisions.
Both love interests are barely fleshed out, and the protagonist is actually uninterested in hanging out, spending time, collaborating or cooperating with either of them.
It's a shame because the idea of most characters is interesting. It's the execution that lacks. The mystery would be good, and poignant, if only the writing had been better.
Our protagonist Samantha is grating on the nerves. She's snappish and nasty when it is completely unnecessary.
Samantha owns a magic shop in New Orleans.
Samantha's non magically gifted boyfriend is injured and poisoned by a changeling.
Her only hope to save him is dropped in her lap by her ex lover. There is a spell to treat the toxin but he insists that she mustn't perform it as it would cause her harm and he 'can't allow that.' He then tells her he is only telling her of the existence of this spell because she would somehow figure this out on her own and he doesn't want her hurt.
Please stop peeing on my leg and telling me it is raining. I sincerely doubt that our oh, so marvelous heroine would figure it out in the short time our victims have left to live. Bullpuckey. We needed a way to make our girl use Arcane magic which supposedly harms/'changes' its users.
This one is a big nope.
This is the first book I've read from Phaedra Weldon. I love urban fantasy like this that is full of action, humor, and dark moments. I enjoy working through the tangled politics and relationships, and there's plenty of those in this tale. Sam is a strong and admirable heroine with fascinating friends. There's a lot about her life that she doesn't know, and things slowly unravel. I guessed who the villain was, but the journey was still fun. It's a large cast, but never a dull moment.
My only problem was that I felt I was put into a story that wasn't the first in a series. It started off with a lot of background that seemed to be reviewing what happened in previous books. Perhaps there are other books by Weldon that involve these characters, and I aim to find out, because her writing is great. Yet I felt like I was missing a lot of history that I should have known at the start, and while I see in other reviews this deterred a few readers, I enjoyed the characters and kept on, and I wasn't disappointed.