To Kill A Warlock
on Oct. 21, 2010
Let me start by saying that I'm NOT a fan of fairies whatsoever. I've read a few books that have literally turned me off reading anything that mentions them in it. When I was asked to read this I thought, well hey, I will give the fairies another go and see what happens.
I was pleasantly surprised right from the word go that I really enjoyed the main character Dulcie. She's a Regulator for the Association for Netherworld Creatures. In other words she's a Paranormal Cop helping to keep the supernaturals in line! She's petite and pretty with pointy ears and can create fairy dust with the shake of her hand but thats as fairy as she gets. There's no wings, she doesn't live in someone's backyard and she's smart. I liked reading from her point of view. She doesn't put up with anyones crap when they try to pull moves she doesn't like.
The main story line begins with a Warlock being gruesomely murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive. Quillan, her very hunky boss pulls her in for her statement and eventually suspends her from the case. Dulcie isn't happy about this but at the same time it gives her time to finish her novel she's writing AND do some sneaky investigating with Knight, the hot mysterious Investigator from the Netherworld. Lately I've been really drawn to creative characters and when it mentions her book I was hooked completely.
The story was well written, and although there are already books out there with a similar feel H.P Mallory's writing offers a fresh approach to the genre.
To Kill A Warlock drew me in with the quirky characters, interesting story line and humour to boot. I'd love to see what happens next with Dulcie. A Great read
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
on March 05, 2011
It has taken me a little while to get to this book and I am kicking myself for taking so long.
Jolie works with her best friend Christa running a psychic business. Things are pretty normal until Jolie sees her first ghost. From there she meets the oh-so-handsome Rand who comes in for a reading. Though Jolie doesn't see much, Rand keeps coming back the exact same time each week until he reveals his ulterior motive. He's a male witch. Obviously Jolie scoffs at the idea until he proves otherwise, and it's there she takes on the job to help him.
I really enjoyed reading from Jolie's point of view. She's smart, modest and frankly a little stubborn. Her best friend Christa, is quite the opposite. Christa is care free, flirtatious and stunning in Jolie's eye'; Everything she's not. Rand is a hunk of ultimate proportions (my opinion) and definitely strengthens the story with his personality. These characters in combination make for an interesting read.
Things get quite complicated between Jolie and Rand, with their work relationship putting a dampener on any action that could possibly happen. I like how H.P Mallory lets the tension between them grow, and it's good to see the way things pan out with them both. No more comment on that one :)
While this was a quick read, it was also quite entertaining. I look forward to reading Toil and Trouble, the second book in this series!