Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BLACK MAGIC by Cherry Adair

Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Date published: July 2010
ISBN: 978-1439153819
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via personal purchase

In BLACK MAGIC, romantic adventure writer Cherry Adair takes readers into a world of magic and wizards, trickery and suspense. Once upon a time, there were two kinds of wizards, the good or Aequitas wizards and the evil Omnivatics, who often lived as snakes. The Omnivatics were thought to have been wiped out long ago.

Jackson Slater, geologist and Aequitas wizard, is researching ley lines in the jungles of Venezuela when he hears the psychic call of his ex-fiance Sara Temple, also an Aequitas wizard who chooses to use her powers as little as possible. Against his better judgment, Jackson teleports to her and ends up saving her from a wizard gone crazy. Together they discover an evil force targeting the Aequitas, making them go crazy and then eventually killing them. The evidence points to their long extinct enemies, the Omnivatics.

Because their breakup was a bad one, Jackson and Sara are more than reluctant to team up, but since they are given little choice, they find themselves on the hunt to unearth the evil snake wizard and destroy him before he can destroy the world.

Cherry Adair is one of those authors that makes writing look easy. Whether her characters are fighting terrorists or using magic to save the day, her stories are fun, sexy and filled with adventure. BLACK MAGIC is paranormal fantasy at its most entertaining.

The main characters are terrific. Jackson is a wizard and comfortable with his powers. He is down to earth and enjoys spending his time with his ley line research. Sara is just about the perfect foil for Jackson. She doesn’t trust her magic and rarely uses it. She has trust issues and is somewhat tightly wound. When these two are thrust together to save the world from the snake wizards, the resulting fireworks are spectacular. The mystery of just who the mysterious snake wizard is continues throughout the story and keeps the excitement level high. The pace of the story is frantic and the danger level high.

For fans of fantasy, paranormal, romance and adventure, Cherry Adair’s BLACK MAGIC is spot on and definitely worth the read. This reader is, as always, really looking forward to seeing where Ms. Adair’s imagination will take her next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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