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- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (February 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N19KEFL
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Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I just love an enemies to lovers romance – there is something beguiling about all that emotionally intense angst filled hate, flip flopping and fuelling the desire afflicting two individuals attracted to each other despite their best convictions! Rising for Autumn is the third book in Katherine McIntyre’s Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series. The read pairs world weary djinn Sam with Alanna, the ice princess, who is head of the Philadelphia Coven. Those familiar with the earlier books in the series Hunting for Spring and Scrying for Summer will already be familiar with both characters and I have been looking forward to reading their romance.
The odds are stacked against the two would-be-lovers from the start. Sam clearly has reason to despise Alanna, for as she is the holder of his lamp, he is obliged to do her bidding. As Sam was previously in thrall to the Order of the Serpent the Coven’s arch enemy, Alanna cannot take his loyalty for granted, even as he assists her and her team in its battle against the Order. Sam resents her control over him, as he has resented the control exercised by all those who have possessed his lamp. However, the Coven’s work is a worthwhile cause and once more their current adversary, a powerful necromancer, is one with whom he has an important personal score to settle.
I enjoyed the story and romance between the couple, for although they seem to have so much against them, they find they have much in common if only time and fate will give them a chance. I loved that despite his situation Sam finds himself drawn to Alanna, especially when they are increasingly thrown together and circumstances conspire to expose the real woman beneath the hard exterior. He is intrigued, even as he resents her for possessing his lamp. I found Alanna rather remote and cold in the previous books, but I soon warmed to her as the author turned this around and made me empathise with her through revealing her character and backstory. It will take Sam, an immortal and a former enemy, to penetrate her hard exterior and I found myself becoming invested in their HEA very quickly. The book has plenty of romance, including explicit lovemaking scenes.
Yet how can the couple have a future together when the balance of control is clearly stacked in Alanna’s favour? Once more what chance do they have when the powerful necromancer Akanda will use every weapon in her arsenal to destroy the Coven, its allies and above all Sam with whom she has a history? It is not clear who will remain standing after she unleashes her worst and whether Alanna and Sam will be amongst them, let alone find a HEA.
The read is an action packed one and there is plenty of dark magic as the necromancers and their army of the undead attempt to destroy the Coven and wreak their evil plans on the city. The blood and gore flow as the Coven’s witches and their allies do battle with the wights, redcaps and necromancers.
Rising for Autumn is recommended for readers of action-packed paranormal and urban fantasy who like their reads served with plenty of passion and romance. Please note, a copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Alanna puts up a front,a facade. She is, after all, head witch at the Philadelphia coven and has to show no emotion, be as hard as ice. And for a long time, she was able to cope with that. But Sam, the djinn whose lamp now rests in her vaults, makes her want to melt that ice. But he hates her, she won't give him his lamp back so he can be finally free of that prison. When the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head again, and necromancers start raising the dead, they have to work together. And they each see aside to the other no one else sees.
This is book three in the series and I would recommend that you read the other two, Hunting for Spring and Scrying for Summer before this one. It would help greatly to understand the Order and what they did to Sam and Liam.
I loved books one and two and was eagerly awaiting this but one, but for me, it fell a little flat and I can't figure out why *insert wailing* and you know how that stresses me!
It's very well written from both Alanna and Sam's point of view. And I did like their story, I just didn't love it like the other two.
It is ,again, a while before Alanna and Sam give in to their feelings and it does get kinda messy, what with the necromancers raising the dead for their army to destroy not only the coven, but Philadelphia itself. Alanna has to face her biggest fear and Sam faces his demons, but his is an altogether different kettle of fish!
I did like that Alanna was plotting, planning for Sam, long before they got together. Not telling you what though, because that's spoilers, but we don't get just WHAT she was plotting and planning til the very end. I loved that!
I'm assuming there will be a winter book, but I'm not entirely sure who that book might be about. Maybe Cami and Dante after their . . . . . . .trip to the Otherworld. Although I'm not sure trip is the right word. Doesn't matter who it's about. I'd still like to read it. I'm hoping that the Order will be defeated once and for all in that book!
Still a solid 4 star read, even if I didn't enjoy it as much as book two.
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When you mix incredibly powerful witches and hot djinns who are tied to their lamps for hundreds of years, you get the incredibly sexy RISING FOR AUTUMN, which surprised me in a few different ways: for such a short book, it had big action, big characters, and an even bigger story.
Alanna was an amazing character you don’t often get to read about. In urban fantasy, the heroes and heroines are often part of small knit groups or lone wolves (no shifter reference intended). Alanna is in charge of dozens of staff within the coven head quarters, and together they are in charge of protecting an entire city. She is responsible for the witches and the humans in her city, which means she keeps herself separate from her staff, even from the ones she dares call friends.
Sam keeps himself separated too, but it’s because of his long life and the nature of his servitude. He keeps everyone at arm’s length in case whoever gets his lamp next orders him to hurt his friends and loved ones out of spite. He’s been forced to work for some very evil people, and he’s done more evil than he can reconcile his heart with.
Watching these two get together was definitely the highlight of the story for me, but the action was nothing to scoff at: there were multiple dramatic battles and conflicts that were well written and really managed to capture how desperate things had gotten in Philadelphia. The book hints at a fourth instalment in the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, and with the naming scheme, we would expect it. If it stars a hot mercenary who can’t seem to pick a side, I’m in, especially if it's a bit longer than this one.
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