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- Publication Date: January 28, 2017
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The Kala Trilogy: An Urban Fantasy Box Set Kindle Edition
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Book 1: Healer's Magic
I only recently discovered Teagan Kearney thanks to her Adept Solutions series with its wonderfully named "Special Investigators for the Magickally Challenged". That was so good that I jumped at the opportunity to read The Kala Trilogy books when I saw it. I actually have the trilogy boxset but I'm reviewing the books as I read them.
This is a wonderfully original mashup of mysticism, paranormal and fantasy with a strong female lead facing and overcoming challenges both physical and spiritual (including how to handle flashbacks from prior incarnations). It's "deep" in some ways but still adventurous and fun, with superbly built lead and supporting characters and a great example of world-building that holds everything all together in a way that somehow makes sense. Wow this is a great way to start off a new series. I highly recommend this book and now I'm off to read book 2.
Book 2: Vampire's Bane
I'm really enjoying this series' mixing of mysticism, paranormal and fantasy, and it's a pleasure watching how the lead characters, Tatya and Vanse, continue to develop their relationship and grow as individuals. Teagan Kearney is excellent at drawing characters that feel real and this shows in all the characters, large roles and small, good or evil (the latter being the harder task, I think). Even Angelus, who I sorta loathe, is a very well defined character. Add in a well done plot, with well done action sequences and nicely done backstory segues, great supporting characters and strong writing overall. The result is another clear winner that I highly recommend.
Book 3: Demon's Nemesis
This is the the sort of exceptional conclusion that this strong series deserved. You do need to read the other books before this one but Teagan Kearney does a great job pulling everything together is an extremely satisfying way. I simply don't want to give anything away but the bottom line is that once again great characters plus great plot plus great writing equals a truly great book. I rarely give five stars, but I can't avoid it here. Highly recommended.
Healers Magic by Teagan Kearney
I rarely rate a book 5 stars and this book ticks all the boxes. Great descriptions and depths of the primary people, a good back story, marvelous romance, and consistent supporting characters. The book feels like it has an ending, and isn't fraught with sex.
I really enjoyed this book. I mean, who can't love an author that uses 'Heebie-jeebies' as a word! Regardless of that, Ms Teagans descriptions that set the book up are thorough. Starting with the Prologue that catalogs how the paranormal species came to be accepted by the human race.
The book starts with Tatiana, or Tatya as she likes to be called. She lives with her aunt Lil, who collapsed and is now at the hospital. Her parents died when she was younger, it was thought from feral vampires, so she has distrusted them her whole life. The only problem with that is a named Vanse seems to keep hanging around. Although Vanse isn't quite your normal vampire. He's not pale, and he's warm. He's also the Seigneur overlord of the local vampire enclave.
Tatya comes from a long line of healers and hedge witches. Her aunt helped her quite a lot and Tatya made what she knows into a business of herbs and healing. A shaman called Changing Sky from the indian reservation also helps train her in what she needs to know.
Her friend Sean had helped her before he got sick with AIDS and died, Vanse subsequently turned him, and Tatya just can't accept him as a vampire, along with him always having to be around Vanse because he's a newbie.
You start to learn a bit about Tatyas background when she sees a red-haired, blue eyed person in her 'safe place' in her mind that is warded and supposed to be safe. Noone was supposed to be able to get in there. This starts the delving into Tatyas prior lives in the stone age, where she begins to realize where her knowledge of healing comes from. It is also there she finds out more about Vanse, and the red-haired man, whose name is Angelus. The story of Tatya, Vanse and Angelus began there with her and Vanse getting ready to get married until he is found dead.
Throughout the book you get sent back to various reincarnations of Tatya that I found very interesting. In Wales (Cymru), India and the Andes mountains. You learn a little bit about her and where her knowledge comes from in each.
I appreciated the subtle romance between Tatya and Vanse, and the animosity towards Angelus. You find out about Angelus more as the book goes on. There is not any major sex, or bad language or anything, and I appreciate that. I hate starting a book and finding out its all about sex and kissing and more sex. Most romance books seem to be.
This is book one of a three book series but is definitely a stand alone if you wish it so.
This is book 2
So, Angelus is gone to hell. Yet he still survives…in Tatya's mind, much to her horror. She has tried to banish him from there but the memory of the horror of what he did to her keeps coming back. She kept it at bay but now she finally goes home from her friends home in CA after 6 months away. She finds a place she can make into a shop for her business in town and is working on getting it up to par. The only problem is her memories keep bothering her.
What keeps getting stronger is her connection to Vanse. Although they're still playing games as far as Tatya is concerned, her love for him is growing.
When Sheriff Corwin ask her to help with a case of a vampire murder of a young girl, with reddish brown hair, just like Tatya, she is a bit worried. Vanse has no idea. But as more murders keep happening, with the same type of girl being killed, Tatya is getting worried.
So she asks Changing Sky, her shaman friend on the reservation, to help her see if they can see anything. What they find out is inconclusive, but unsettling. On the way out she meets up with Forked Lightening, Changing Sky's young apprentice. He is still an angry young man. He asks for her help as the young women that had been murdered are part of his werewolf pack.
Vanse is around, but very absent in Tatya's life at the moment and she doesn't know why. What Vanse isn't telling her is he's been blacking out and getting sick at times. This leads into the back story that Ms Kearney has brought into book 2 about how Vanse became a vampire and moved through time to the present. I really enjoyed the in depth about Vanse and how he survived and what happened to him.
This book was very well done and I enjoyed it immensely. The characters are rich and vivid and you may think you know whats going to happen, but you probable don't.
A book that can actually bring tears to my eyes, and laughs to my voice, is a good book in my mind!
Well, we've come to the last book of the Kala Trilogy. I'm still not sure why its called Kala. Other than that I'm sad it ended actually.
I love the definition from Greek Mythology of Nemesis: A goddess usually portrayed as the agent of divine punishment for wrongdoing or presumption (hubris- excessive pride or arrogance). Of course the one is Tatya and the other really brings the picture of Angelus to mind!
This book shows us about Angelus' background. Just like Healers Magic, book 1, showed us Tatya's and Vampires Bane, book 2, showed us Vanses. I enjoyed going back in time and learning how Angelus became who is was. The only thing that I wished Ms. Kearney would have shown was exactly why Angelus appeared to begin with and where he was really from. But, maybe thats another book!
The book starts right where book 2 ended with Tatya stabbing Vanse in the heart to rid him of Angelus, to whom he'd been animated with on occasion to murder some of Forked Lightenings pack. Vanse is taken to the vampires mausoleum. Not dead, but not quite alive either. Tatya is sure after time that the knife will dissolve and Vanse will live.
Meanwhile Tatya's friend Eva and her beau have moved to town to help Tatya, with money Vanse had willed to her while making her his consort, as she builds another house on her Aunt Lil's plot, and opens up a healing center. Along with the store in town.
Another of Angelus' progeny shows up trying to elbow in on Vanses family after a year has passed. Along with wanting the demon blood that allows him to walk in the sun, which Angelus now strips from those he turns.
Forked Lightening has become more mature, and quite fallen into the role of brother of Tatya that Changing Sky had wished for all along. Tatya has taught him quite a lot, as has he. He becomes more a part of the story in this book.
Of course Sheriff Corwin, and the rest of the familiar faces are here. Along with some new ones.