Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 1st 2014
by Signet Select
My Rating: ❀❀❀❀
Genre: Urban Fantasy
From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…
Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.
Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.
But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…
A very promising start to a unique and new series. Fast paced, filled with supernatural characters and suspense, this one kept me turning the pages because I never knew what would happen next. Not exactly what I was expecting, but then from the opening pages I knew that I ought be expecting great adventure and surprises.
The writing is clean, controlled and direct. I thought it suited this story well. The story opens with Emberly saving the life of her ex-lover. The scene is both telling of Emberly's emotions for Sam, and sets the pace of the novel as a whole. Emberly is a phoenix who has lived many lives, and is always burned by love--though that is the curse of the phoenix. She's already lost the love of her life in this lifetime, Sam, but is drawn unwittingly back into his life when her employer is killed. Because of his research, Emberly is drawn into an investigation that involves supernatural beings that are a threat to all living beings--human or supernatural.
This first book set the stage for this series nicely. It introduces all the main players, creates enough mystery and suspense that we know Emerbly has only scratched the surface of what is really going on, and that there is plenty more to unearth. Her character isn't exactly kick ass, but she's not a door mat either. She's got gumption, and she won't let anyone tell her what to do. She's also carrying around some series baggage because of Sam, and he is a character I fear for. Because it seems something has infected him too, some darkness. I think Emberly has only begun to truly recognize it.
A fresh urban fantasy world, compelling characters, a suspenseful storyline--Ms. Arthur has given us a series to look forward to.