Thursday, 24 January 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Mystwalker 1: The Trouble with Fate - Leigh Evans

Release Date: 03/01/13


WHAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW MIGHT KILL HER: Hedi looks normal. Yet that's taken effort. Her fellow Starbucks baristas don't see her pointed ears, fae amulet or her dark past, and normal is hard for a half-fae, half-werewolf on the run. Hedi's life changed ten years ago, when her parents were murdered by unknown assassins. She's been in hiding with her loopy aunt Lou since, as whatever they wanted she's determined they won't get it. Things change when wolves capture Lou, forcing Hedi to steal to free her -- for if she can offer up a fae amulet like her own they may trade. But it belongs to a rogue werewolf named Robson Trowbridge, who betrayed Hedi on the night of her greatest need. Over forty-eight hours, Hedi will face the weres of Creemore, discover the extent of her fae powers and possibly break her own heart in the process.


To be honest this has been a hard book for me to review, there’s so much of it that I loved and yet in places I felt that it lost its pace and became a little disjointed almost as if the characters fought against what the author wanted them to do. Luckily enough this was few and far between yet anything that upsets the seamless flow of the arc can take me a while to get back into my stride.

Yet for that the constant lead character really carried the day for me and whilst a great many will dislike the antihero aspect of her choices the author has done a great job of creating a character whose past really has coloured the choices she makes in the present. Add to the mix some wonderful twists on Fae Lore and a whole host of aspects to explore in future outings and I suspect that this is going to be a series that whilst it may start out quietly is going to be one that helps not only push the boundaries within but also other authors out there to do something equally different.

So how do I know that this series is going to work? Well, any book that gets me asking a ton of questions as the final page is turned and demanding to see what happens next is definitely one to watch and I suspect that with the cliff hanger that we’ve been left with alongside the lessons learned by the author (as well as the protagonist within) that the second title is going to be not only smoother but one that will definitely push both to their limits so much so that I’ll definitely look forward to seeing what Leigh hits back with next time.

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