Shades of Fury Novel, Book 1
Publisher: Penguin/ACE Fantasy
Date published: June 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Library
Marissa ‘Riss’ Halloway is a fury and part of a Sisterhood that helped play peacemaker to end the war between supernatural arcanes and mortals. Now someone is kidnapping different arcanes and it is up to Riss to find out who it is and why. A slight problem crops up when she is suspended from her job and she has only one person to turn to-her ex, Scott Murphy, a hot & hunky warhound shifter. Danger mounts as traitors come out of the woodwork and after Riss. Can she stay alive long enough to figure out who wants her off the case and why?
RED HOT FURY is a wild ride from start to finish. I fell in love with tough as nails Riss who has some major issues-like trust and asking for help. This is a new author on the urban fantasy scene and one that I think has the perfect series to leave readers chomping for more. Tight writing and action packed scenes keep the story flowing smoothly and the reader is caught up in the web Riss finds herself in as she tries to find her sister fury and fellow supernatural arcanes. Time is running out as danger mounts and as Riss, her fellow allies and friends race to take down the bad guys- fast-before it’s too late.
Meet Riss, a fury who works for local police department in supernatural crimes. When she is called to a crime scene with a victim that looks like her sister fury gone missing years before, Riss finds herself battling not just the rage that races through her but politics, deceit and more as she vows to find out who and what is going on. I love Riss. She was strong, independent but not without a few vulnerabilities-like asking for help and trust issues. She needs the help of her ex, a warhound shifter named Scott Murphy, who broke her heart years before and other friend and allies. I liked how the author also threw in a few light hearted moments amid the kick-butt action as well. It was a nice change of pace amid all the carnage Riss was dealing with. There were plenty of secondary characters that peaked my interest and I am hoping they are included in the next book. I would love to know more about them.
Ms. Mackenzie’s world she created in her debut book is wonderfully fresh and full of intriguing characters-from Sidah, harpies, warhounds, giants and more. Her intriguing characters keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what happens next as they flip the pages. I highly enjoyed this new debut into the urban fantasy world and look forward to seeing what happens next for Riss, Scott and all their friends. I just hope it won’t be a long wait for my next installment.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.