Saturday, February 19, 2011
28) The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod
On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss, has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London's fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm.
Then a faeling - a teenage girl - is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim - herself!
My Review -
Since finding out that the fae are under a fertility curse, Genny Taylor has been living a quiet life while everyone leaves her alone. She knows that at some point the peace will be over but little does she know that the crime scene she has been asked to look at will open up a huge can of worms that will turn her life into one huge mess. Tidying up the mess will involve finding out more than she ever knew about the curse but it will also subsequently see Genny discovering more about her own roots.
There are many different little twists in this story and quite a few hidden agendas from various characters help bring Genny into the middle of all of what is going on. However Genny's decisions about breaking the fertility curse plays a bit part in the main plot of this third book in the Spellcrackers.com series. I, along with Genny, found myself surprised every time I thought I knew who, what, why and when only to be given another lead and yet another bunch of questions that needed answered. Nothing stops Genny and she does what she has to do to get things back in order and I enjoyed following her every step of the way.
Usually I am not a huge fan of Fae based stories but this series has too many cool factors about it to keep me away. I think the huge pull for me is the lovely British setting but of course Genny herself also has me loving this series. She is a woman who isn't just looking after number one. She has a heart and it is in the right place. Whatever happens I know Genny is making the best decision and she is the kind of person I know I could trust with my life. An amazing character that can only be loved.
My only problem was the many twists and turns and the unfortunate lack of reading time this week. I was picking this up at any spare moment and I have to admit I should have saved this for a time where I could read a larger part of the story in one sitting. By the time I put together what had happened and how the part I was reading fit in with everything, well it was time for me to turn off the kindle again.
Extremely well detailed and lots of depth this is a series I know I am going to read again someday (when the to be read pile is read and there is nothing new to read....) because it is special. Paranormal Urban Fantasy has many faces nowadays but this series doesn't have to try and stand out above the rest because it just does stand out above the rest! Fast, furious and full of everything you would expect and more, any lover of the genre should have this series on their must read list, like I do.
*** Want to win a copy of the The Bitter Seed of Magic? Suzanne Mcleod is my one of my author guests this week and is giving away a copy. Enter by Wednesday for your chance to win! ***