When we first meet Jolie, she has abilities but doesn’t believe in herself. It takes a “chance encounter” with a ghost to change her perspective of the world, and of herself. A lot of ground is covered in this first book in Jolie’s series. There is so much information that some of the action could have easily been taken out and expanded upon in another book. In that same vein, I wish that there was more character development, or more indications as to why certain things turn out the way they do. Of course, the book is full of fantasy, so the world in which they live will hopefully become clearer as the series continues.
Jolie’s choice of love interests becomes more involved as well as the story continues, which is something that she definitely needs given her low sense of self. And each man that shows up is hotter than the one before. She has a lot of give and take with Rand, which reminds me of the show Moonlighting where the eternal question of “will they or won’t they” kept you coming back for more. But then she’s got a werewolf, a vampire and even a fairy king wanting to keep her company. Unfortunately, they seem to be more interested in her abilities than in the woman herself (seems to be an oft-heard quandary of women of all shapes and sizes).
I’m interested to see what happens next to Jolie and her band of merry men.
The first book in a new series by this author, To Kill A Warlock is an enjoyable read. The heroine, Dulcie, is a tough chick with a heart of gold. The men in her life vary from comical (her co-worker who’s a hobgoblin) to arrogant (the vampire and Knight) to downright demonic, and they bring with them the accompanying emotions. She pretty much just wants to do her job. She’s a very talented investigator and this case is testing all of her mettle. Luckily, she has her best friend (a witch) to help her with work and play. Ultimately, Dulcie’s determined to do the right thing, even if it means questioning her purpose.
I can’t wait to see what she comes across in the next book.