Linsey Hall’s The Mythean Arcana is one of my favorite paranormal romance series out there. The characters and world she has created always send me down the rabbit hole for some much needed time away from real life issues. So, when she announced that she was starting up a new urban fantasy series I knew I had to get my greedy little hands on it and after finishing it I can tell you that she has what promises to be another great series on her hands!
Cass is the narrator of this adventure and is a likeable heroine. We only get to know so much about her because her memories only go back so far, but know that she’s dedicated to keeping herself and her sisters safe and despite her occupation has a solid moral code when dealing with how she procures the objects she hunts. She isn’t prone to hysterics, at least not outwardly, and has a good head on her shoulders. Aiden I liked because while he has an immense amount of power at his disposal he doesn’t abuse it. He pushes, but isn’t a bully about it. Instead he tends to use logic to get his way and seems to have an unending reserve of patience. There is an attraction between Cass and Aiden and though it’s only in it’s early infancy in the book, it could turn into a fun journey to watch.
The one issue I did have was with Cass and her sisters, Nix and Del, and the fact that I wished we’d gotten more time with them. We get enough to know why they trust each other and would do anything to keep the other safe, but I wish we’d gone deeper and gotten a glimpse of them hanging out and really seeing their personalities and quirks. So, I’m crossing my toes that as the series progresses we’ll get more time with the sisters.
From the first page you are thrust unapologetically into this new world and then you’re off and running and the pacing doesn’t let up much until the very end. The world is immense and filled with interesting characters. The various plot twists and turns for both the overall series storyline and the storyline that is the focus of this book were well thought out and executed. The conclusion of the book is best described as ‘winning the battle, but not the war’ meaning it was satisfying while making me want more at the same time, and I definitely want more!
~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ~
I’m good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third—but not because I want to be good at hiding. I have to be. I’m a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon’s soul. Being born with the dragon’s covetousness should be a sweet gig - I have the power to find and steal any type of treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals.
But it doesn’t come without a price - stealing powers requires that I kill, and others would destroy me if they discover what I am. In a world full of magic, hiding my species is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only way to pay the bills. It’s a dangerous job when you can barely use your magic, but that’s one of the things I like about it.
When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hired me to find an ancient scroll, I didn’t want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds me of too much of murky memories from a past I can’t remember. But I don’t have a choice. The scroll reveals what I am. And if anyone finds out, I’m dead.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published By: Bonnie Doon Press
Release Date: April 6th, 2016
Series: Dragon’s Gift: Huntress Book 1
Linsey Hall is the author of the Mythean Arcana, an adventurous paranormal romance series set in Scotland and other exotic locales. Before becoming a romance novelist, Linsey was a nautical archaeologist who studied shipwrecks from Hawaii and the Yukon to the UK and the Mediterranean. She credits the historical romances of the 70's, 80's, and 90's with her love of history and her decision to become an archaeologist. After a decade of tromping around the globe in search of old bits of stuff, she settled down and started penning her own romance novels. Her books draw upon her love of history, travel, and the paranormal elements that she can't help but include. Several of her books may or may not feature her cats