Thursday, July 17, 2014

Invisible Fate by Mary Buckham [Review]

 Invisible Fate (Alex Noziak #3) by Mary Buckham
Invisible Fate (Alex Noziak #3) by Mary Buckham
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: April 22, 2014

Alex Noziak
0.5. Invisible Prison
1. Invisible Magic
1.5. Invisible Duty
2. Invisible Power
3. Invisible Fate - Paperback | Kindle

Mary Buckham
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Forced to choose, will dark magic be the only path.

Hidden from a world unaware of magic, a recently and only partially trained group of operatives known as the Invisible Recruits are the only ones willing to stand between mankind and those powerful preternatural factions seeking to change the balance of power and gain world domination.

Alex Noziak, part/witch, part/shaman, is imprisoned by a powerful Druid bent on changing her into a black-magic portal to release a three thousand year-old demon on the world.

By trying to shield a juvenile witch from the Druid, Alex places the lives of her IR teammates in jeopardy.

Her relationship with Bran is in turmoil, making him the last man she'll turn to . . . but the only one who can help her.

Alex is placed between watching Bran die or saving the world. Choices. Choices.
Thoughts on Invisible Fate: Overall, I enjoyed this book, but, MAN!, did Alex's team have some animosity issues. If at any point they could manage to go an entire meeting without snarling and/or looking for a fight--verbal or otherwise--with at least one other team member, I'd be shocked.

I guess I should mention I'm stepping into this world with this book (I know. I'm a rebel. I read out of order!), so it's possible (however unlikely given the heated exchanges in this book) that a previous installment had them all dancing around, braiding flowers into each others' hair. Ha. No. I can't even type that with a straight face. They're a feisty bunch. There's no flower braiding.

Maybe some gratuitous punching, though.

Anyway. Alex is in a bad place for a big portion of this book. She's a witch with a little something extra and her magic is remarkably unreliable. Until it isn't. There's betrayal and bloodshed and feats of daring. That last part is mostly when Alex is ready to drop and has to mine for the last bits of energy and power to get herself out of a horrifying situation.

She has a few family issues that need to be ironed out. Her relationships (both family and otherwise) aren't all rainbows and puppies. She's hot tempered and that little something extra I mentioned above makes her dangerous.

Yeah, overall, I liked the book. I probably would have gotten more out of it if I had read the previous installments, but it was enjoyable and fast paced. And nicely bloody. I do appreciate when characters engage in some creative mayhem. There's nothing quite like the cracking of bones to get the blood flowing. So to speak.

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