Monday, May 30, 2016

Cast in Angelfire by S.M. Reine [Review]

 Cast in Angelfire by S.M. Reine
Cast in Angelfire (Mage Craft #1) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: March 20, 2016

Mage Craft
1. Cast in Angelfire - Paperback | Kindle
2. Cast in Hellfire

S.M. Reine
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Eighteen-year-old Marion can’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital. All she knows that a lot of people want to kill her. And her would-be assassins are not human…

Vampires are real. So are faeries and angels.

They all want Marion dead.

Surrounded by enemies, Marion turns to Lucas Flynn: a mysterious doctor who seems to know more than he’s letting on. He’s as good with a gun as he is with a scalpel. He fights like a demon but claims that he’s human. And he’s hellbent on protecting Marion.

Lucas claims that Marion is a mage: half-witch, half-angel with terrifying powers that could crack the world. But Marion can’t remember how to cast magic any more than she can remember where she comes from.

Marion must find her identity and her power…before the forgotten sins of her past catch up with her.
Thoughts on Cast in Angelfire: This is one of those books where I'm sure you *could* read it without reading any of the other connecting series, but... you'd miss so many of the little nuances of the characters we've come to know over the course of the countless books. Frankly, I'm in awe of the way S.M. Reine weaves so many little connections into the various series. Characters overlap and put in appearances and OMG! I KNOW THAT NAME! WHERE DO I KNOW THIS PERSON FROM?!?! It's amazing. Utterly amazing.

But this is ultimately Marion's book. Except, Marion is a blank slate and her flashes of knowledge and memory are few and far between and they're mostly triggered by the enigmatic Lucas Flynn. Which means that every interaction she has with the various preternatural factions puts her in danger. Because Marion is big stuff and she hasn't always been the most diplomatic of people. She has enemies in high places and her lack of memory could be her undoing.

No joke, I always get super tense reading books by S.M. Reine. And this book was no exception. I had a couple of times where I had to quietly put my book down and take a quick breather so my head didn't explode. Marion's utter vulnerability without her magic was sorta creepy-making. Especially knowing that when she's on her game she's one of the most powerful people on the planet. Or dimensions. Or something.

She's big stuff, man, and her story isn't over yet.

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