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Trace of Magic (The Diamond City Magic Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There were also some mistakes and just plain unbelievable parts. Riley first says her mother died when she was five and her father remarried "a few years later." Further in, she says she was four and her stepsister was born just a year later. As far as sheer ridiculousness, there's a part where something precious and dangerous has been recovered. The author wants us to think that the hero, a police detective, wouldn't even look into the bag to see what the stuff was for the entire 24 hours the heroine is asleep. "I waited for you," he says. Apparently, despite their immediate peril, he sat around for a day not trying to find out anything new, not even looking at the evidence, until she wakes up. Argh.
There's also some pretty overused plotlines, like, "Oh, I hate him, he's everything I fight against, but damn he's just so hot I can't help myself." There's insta-love. The hero is a strong silent gorgeous hot alpha male, natch. In the LUV scenes, there's the predictable biting, her of his lip, him of her nipple (ouch), and of course he holds her hands over her head and won't let her move while he does all the work. because that's what we all secretly want, strong independent kick-ass woman or not.
If I seem annoyed, it's because I am. This book could have been so much better if it hadn't inserted those distracting, silly, moony-eyed moments right in the middle of the action. It made it hard to believe when Riley suddenly feels urgency to get back to trying to save someone's life and avoid the dangerous people after them. I just don't think you'd stop for a smooch and ardent declaration of love in public when people are actively trying to kill you.
I gave this book there stars for the ideas and world building. Riley story was so much more interesting than those hackneyed sappy bits, and I wanted to know more about her abilities and less about how much everything hurts (she gets beat up a lot), and how much she loves the hero. There was a better sorry in there that I would have liked to read.
I like stories where magic and the real world have always intersected – where magic isn't a sudden discovery or a secret known only to a few, but something everyone accepts as an everyday part of reality. That's definitely the case here. The magic is real, hard-edged, and dangerous. And the world – Diamond City, Colorado – is real as real can be: mean and corrupt, a place of both grinding poverty and fabulous wealth. I was caught up in Riley's life from page one, when she walks – literally – into trouble. That trouble gets deeper all the time, as she gets closer and closer to discovering what's at the bottom of it and how it's all connected.
Also, I like a narrator with a distinct and human voice. Riley is smart, tough, funny, vulgar, and not as sure of herself as she'd like to be. Driven by family loyalties but conflicted by an urge toward self-preservation, she does her best to move forward. And she's distracted by her feelings for the necessary cop (good cop? bad cop?) whom she can't help being attracted to – and can't afford to trust.
Other reviews outline the plot so I won't bother with that. The writing is excellent. The world building took a bit of getting used to as you have to fit today's slang and history into this diamond mining, Mafia like gangs, town dumped into America,. Some of the references in the book had me jumping on Google to find out what they were about but that's because I am not American.
Highly recommended reading for anyone who likes Urban Fantasy or Fantasy in general.