I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
Series: Blood & Magic #1
Published by Independent on January 28, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I’ve had my eyes on Cursed By Fire since I helped with the cover reveal this past summer. I’m an Urban Fantasy die-hard and this one had my name all over it. And Cursed By Fire did not let me down! It’s a great start to what I expect will be a great series.
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.
Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.
When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
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It has several of my favorite elements.. For one a kick ass heroine, but one who’s got serious growth potential. It’s called Cursed By Fire for a reason! Aria’s fire magic is awesome, but since she doesn’t have full control or understanding of it, there’s definitely a bit of a curse to it. I loved seeing her struggle to control her magic and, I have to admit, I probably loved it even more when she lost control because that was one awesome, kick-ass scene! I whooped aloud!
And then there’s the paranormal side – vampires and shifters on the brink of war, no to mention those with pysch abilities like Aria’s (she’s pyrokinetic) and those we haven’t seen much of yet like witches and mages (I hope for them on future books). It was all well done and there were some fun fresh twists to the world. I think Danielle Annett’s world has taken staples – such as the pack heirarchies, vampirism, magic, and some sort of Lyconthropy Virus – that you see in any UF series and given them their own unique twist and voice.
I enjoyed the action and the twists and the hints at future romance – there was a little, but (as I expect from UF) it was understated. I really liked the relationships – from romantaic interests to friendships – and I see a lot of potential for growth along several different lines. My favorite side character was probably the Harpy, a friend and neighbor who’s love of causing mischeif led to quite a few laughs. While there were some moments where I felt the characters acted in stupid ways, that they should have known better, just for the sake of the plot, that certainly was overshadowed by how much I enjoyed Cursed by Fire. I’m really looking forward to more!
Fun Extras for Cursed by Fire
Since I love cover for Cursed by Fire so much, I really enjoyed this neat behind the scenes video, showing how the cover was made by Mae I Design:
I also just love this teaser so I had to share it:
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