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Contemporary witch Cara Augustine goes international and inter-dimensional, from San Francisco to France to an alternate Eden-like dimension, in this second book of the Synemancer series.
Cara is a fugitive, pursued by the Portalkind police for breaking a major covenant. When she accidently made a werewolf her witch’s familiar, it amounted to enslaving a human. And the punishment is death. On the run for her life, she and her companions stumble into a strange paradise dimension. But they quickly find the dangerous world is filled with strange creatures, deadly and beautiful. And, because she’s quickly learning a Synemancer’s life is never simple. Cara has to deal with an amorous Nephilim (half-angel half-witch), a dangerously deranged French werewolf, and the darkly handsome Nightkind she just might love. Each powerful supernatural man has his own reasons for wanting to possess Cara, body and soul. But if the Portalkind police catch her, she’ll be in a fight for her life.
This book had non-stop action and a fascinating premise. When I chose to review it, I didn't realize it was part of a series. I haven't read the book prior, and admit I felt a little lost at first (there are lots of character dynamics I didn't understand at first ... Cara has interesting relationships with many, many male characters), but the author does a good job of filling us in, so after a couple of chapters I was right into the swing of things.
Cara frustrated me a bit at first. I thought she was taking some unnecessary risks, but it really came down to her trying to do the right thing, regardless of the possibility of danger to herself.
I also struggled a bit with all the many love interests that surrounded her. Tom, her were-familiar; Azrael, part Nephilim and all hottie in love, and Roman who is probably the one she's supposed to be with. With all that testosterone, she's practically in a state of constant arousal.
This is not a simple book. It's packed with details, action and twists. I had to fight against the need to speed read in order to find out what happened next so that I didn't miss anything important.
One warning: there's a pretty graphic scene in the book that may disturb more sensitive readers.
Ms. George did a great job guiding this first time reader through the twists and turns of her universe (and through another dimension as well). Despite being a bit lost at first, and struggling to understand Cara's sexual responses to so many men, I enjoyed this book. I'll be interested in seeing what she comes up with next!
4 flowers - This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.
Now enjoy an excerpt:
Bart straightened from his defensive semi-crouch, still eyeing the Hounds warily. I glanced around the room to see if the orbs were here, but they were nowhere in sight. The mirror chimed and shimmered for the umpteenth time since I’d come into the room. A tall, pale man dressed in black and wearing a black backpack walked into the room. Azrael stood silently on Amelia’s hardwood floor, and by the expression on his beautiful face, he was angry enough to chew spells and spit out hexes. He quickly scanned the room. His ice-blue eyes focused on me and I had his full attention. All Hades was about to break loose. With two weres, two Hellhounds, and a Nightkind in the room, the situation was about to get bloody.
As an adult, reality reared its boring head, and she joined the business workforce. After many years working as a professional manager while secretly wishing she was a writer, she took a detour from the corporate world to immerse herself in the fictional worlds of her own making.
Mertianna has accumulated multiple graduate degrees in business and survived years of doctoral studies in psychology, all of which undoubtedly has influenced how her characters behave or don’t behave as the case may be.
Amazon Print: http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Syn-Mertianna-Georgia/dp/1610261186/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1359358824&sr=1-1
Amazon Ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Syn-Synemancer-Series-ebook/dp/B00B5EGYA0/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1359358824&sr=1-1