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No Peace for the Damned (Magnolia Kelch Series Book 1) by [Powell, Megan]
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Editorial Reviews Review

Make way for an engaging new voice in urban fantasy! Megan Powell explores the dark and evil in her gripping debut. You won't be able to put this down, and the ending will leave you wanting more. –Sandy Williams, author of The Shadow Reader

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“In this supernatural thriller with a romantic subplot, the prose is a bit raw, but the story is solid. Magnolia, who narrates the book, is a nicely drawn character with plenty of internal conflicts (most of them involving her hesitation in trusting her fellow Network members, or even herself), and the action is slick and, in its fantastic context, believable. The door is left wide open for a sequel, which the author apparently is already working on.”

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  • File Size: 1640 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183603
  • Publisher: 47North (July 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264HLI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A. Reid VINE VOICE on June 20, 2012
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This book falls pretty squarely into the modern urban fantasy genre, with supernatural/superpowered players mingling with unsuspecting ordinary humans. Its female lead is part of an evil, warped dynasty of supernaturals - alienated from the family cult that bred her by their sadistic mistreatment of her, she seeks allies among their enemies. Evil, warped dynasty is swimming with hubris; intelligence? Not so much. (No, really. Read the book. This isn't their only "Our bad" moment.)

On the whole, I find this book a really promising debut. Once I got into it (and that didn't take long), it was a real page-turner for me. The story moved along at a rapid enough clip that it kept me reading. Magnolia's character had a whiff of "Mary Sue" about her (the "I thought he hated me, but he really adores me" gets old), but at least she compensates for her unprecedented power and towering charisma with some serious self-doubts. If she ever gets over that, she may be a bit hard to take.

Caveat to would-be readers: this takes "explicit" to a whole new level. Sexual components are pretty tame, but the brutality in this book - including child abuse - may be hard for some to stomach. It's all part and parcel of fueling the thirst for revenge, but you should go in with one eye squinted if you're heavily affected by the kind of violence of, say, Se7en or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Or maybe even not at all.

As for me, I plan to follow the series and see how it develops.
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"A vibrant image flashed in my mind. His body, sculpted muscle rippling under soft masculine skin, pressed down on top of me. His weight heavy and warm. Flesh on flesh, his dark, gentle eyes boring into mine. Was this memory? Fantasy? I couldn't tell. And I didn't care." ("No Peace for the Damned," p. 89)

Megan Powell's "No Peace for the Damned" is a mixed bag of flesh-rending horror, bodice-ripping romance, cringe-inducing Scooby Team dynamics, a not-too-turrible paranormal coming-of-age story, and plenty of first-novel amateurishness. Note that the romance goes little beyond expressions of desire; with a small amount of editing, this could be and possibly should have been a young adult novel. While marred by cardboard characterization, embarrassing language, and a big dose of illogic, the novel is saved (at least to the 3-star = "OK" level) by good storytelling and a complex and sympathetic protagonist.

"No Peace for the Damned" tells the tale of Magnolia Kelch, a young woman with considerable paranormal power and a long history of gruesome familial abuse. Since birth, young Magnolia has been tortured, mutilated, and occasionally killed (temporarily) by her evil father, her two evil uncles, and her two evil brothers. The Dark Side of the Force runs strong in the Kelch family; all have some degree of telepathic, telekinetic, and other paranormal abilities. When, one day, she is decapitated, buried, and left for dead, Magnolia manages to pull herself together (literally), and escape her family estate. She immediately runs into Thirteen, one of the leaders of the Network, an organization dedicated to defeating paranormal baddies like her kin.
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Fiction demands a willing suspension of disbelief; I have no difficulty complying when it comes to the supernatural. I enjoy books set in alternate universes, where people - or imagined critters - have powers that don't exist outside the author's imagination. But this book goes beyond what I can handle, when Magnolia "Mag" Kelch, is able to recover from beheadings, having her skull crushed, and the like. It also goes beyond what I can tolerate in the "squick" department of violence. At the same time, the coy, adolescent romance aspect is at startling odds with the gruesome activity. Mag is 22, with a penchant for whiskey, but it's hard to tell she's an adult because her emotional level seems mid-teen. A lot of the book is simply over the top. I think the author has potential, but this story not only left me cold, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I got the impression that Mag's adventures are the first in a planned series, but there's no way I'm going to follow them. In this first outing, she's helping the Network, a secret organization which is fighting supernatural terror. They're after her family. Since the family tortured her all her life...apparently testing her many psychic powers...she's eager to help bring them down. Some of the members of the Network are as unlikely as Mag, such as Banks, who has a silver eye patch actually sewn into his skin. I don't know what audience this book would appeal to. Possibly young-to-mid-teen boys, with its extreme violence but immature sex. It's a change of pace from the usual vampire/werewolf monster story, but doesn't hold up for me.
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