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(Tara Knightley Series – Book 1)
by Jayne Faith
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down and Dirty
If you have read the Ella Grey series, you’ll recognize this world. A slow build Urban Fantasy that lacks suitable punch, but will probably grow in book 2. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Runner for the Fae mob by day. Professional thief by night. Haunted by what could have been . . .
Between paying off a debt to a Fae mob boss, working as a professional thief, and keeping up with her busy three-generation household, Tara Knightley barely has time to eat and sleep. But thieving supports her family, and her mother’s life depends on the Fae mobster’s magic, so Tara can’t quit either job. She’s used to the juggling act, but sometimes it feels like she’ll never really have a life of her own. Then she learns of a bounty for a mysterious magical skull. The reward would bring her close to paying off her debt to the Fae mob, finally freeing her from the grip of her powerful, manipulative boss.
She decides she must get her hands on that prize.
But just as Tara is ready to go after the skull, her childhood best friend and crush, wolf shifter Judah McMahon, shows up unannounced and begging for her help. It’s been a decade since the falling out that ended their friendship, and Tara knows she shouldn’t get involved. She doesn’t have time for side projects or distractions. But Judah’s life is threatened, so Tara gives in. The deeper she gets, the more her orderly existence unravels. Suddenly, she stands to lose everything—her family’s home and security, her shot at freedom from the Fae mob, and a chance to make things right with Judah. How will she pull through?
Thoughts on Edge of Magic
This book has all the hallmarks of an introductory novel – though it tacks on to the world built in the Elle Grey series. Much of it is spent explaining characters, situations and life courses, along with a universe introduction containing the major details of this realm and what people are dealing with.
It was alright, but a little bland, lacking suitable action or depth. I get it, I do – this is vital stuff to know for a series of any length…. but, eh? I see where it’s going and I know where it’s been, but the path feels sluggish and blasé.
- Characters, while somewhat flat, have potential.
- The set up could lead to a fantastic series.
- A paranormal that feels very starkly human: money troubles abound.
- World building deluge.
First Person, Single POV
PG-13 for Violence
Character Age Range
Interesting start to a series, though a bit slow. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published June 13th, 2019
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