Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 9 hours and 19 minutes ( 292 pages)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Boundary Magic series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
“After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.
She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power.
Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.”
This is the first book in the Boundary Magic trilogy by Olson. I have had this urban fantasy on my TBR pile for a while and I am happy I finally picked it up to read. This was a very enjoyable read about a ex-military woman who is trying to eke out a living working at a convenience store. Everything changes for her the night she intercepts a kidnapping and finds out that she’s not as human as she thought she was.
I listened to this on audiobook and thought it was well done. It’s one I would recommend listening to if you are a fan of audiobooks.
I really enjoyed the heroine in this book. She is struggling with some PTSD and trying to make it in the “normal” world. I loved that she had so many fears and doubts but constantly strove to work through them and do what was right. She also has a good sense of humor and is very dedicated to her family throughout.
Some of this book is very typical investigative urban fantasy: there are werewolves, witches, and vampires and our heroine runs herself ragged. However these more typical elements were nicely offset by a heroine with a unique background and a supportive extended family.
Overall I really enjoyed this. While it wasn’t the best urban fantasy series I’ve ever read, it is well written and engaging and has some unique elements to it. I plan on continuing with the series.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– Mount TBR Reading Challenge
– Audiobook Reading Challenge
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
– Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
– Paranormal Reading Challenge