Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: Sin's Dark Caress by Tracey O'Hara

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An ancient darkness has risen from the ashes . . . and terror has been loosed upon an unsuspecting world.

Forensic witch Bianca Sin has never seen anything like it: homeless teenage girls torn to pieces by dark magic in the cold shadows of the city. More terrifying still is the symbol written in blood on an alley wall—the unmistakable seal of the Dark Brethren.

Teaming up with NYPD homicide detective Lancelot McManus and an elite task force headed by the shapeshifter Oberon DuPrie, Bianca knows her worst fears have finally come to pass. A new war of annihilation is looming that will plunge the worlds of vampire, shapeshifter, and human into chaos—and two adversarial tribes locked in uneasy truce will need to take up arms together to save the children. Trust will be essential for Sin and McManus, as the hunt forces them to confront their deepest terrors.

For the ultimate evil is no longer approaching.

It's here.


Bianca Sin is like a magical CSI, meaning she can "read" any magic that has been used at a crime scene, particularly when it concerns the Dark Brethren. She is just growing into her powers, finally bonding with a familiar that happens to be a dragon, and making a name for herself in magical (and law enforcement) circles. Her most recent case involving the disappearance of multiple witches has her working side by side with Lancelot McManus and it is up to them to save the magical community from the return of the Dark Brethren and the horrible magic they possess. Evil cannot win, and this case is full of betrayal, death magic, and difficult choices.

I was new to this series and it's always difficult to review from the midpoint of a series, but after the first few chapters I was able to familiarize myself with the world enough to understand what was going on. Sin and McManus, along with Oberon and his gang, are a powerful team that works together with no small amount of friction, which is understandable in a place where you never know who is good and who might be bad. They are still learning to trust, or it seemed that way to me. The attraction between Sin and McManus was interesting and full of tension because they are very opposite, not to mention that McManus has a serious drug problem. I really liked how that played out and enjoyed the writing enough to want to read all the previous books. A new and exciting Urban Fantasy world!

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