Cass Clereaux is good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third - but not because she wants to be good at hiding. Cass is a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of a dragon's soul. On the surface, the perks are sweet - she has the power to find and steal any type of magical treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals.
But it doesn't come without a price; stealing powers requires that she kill, and others would destroy her if they discover what she is. In a world full of magic, hiding her powers is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only ways to pay the bills. But it's a dangerous job when you can't use your magic.
When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hires her to find an ancient scroll, she doesn't want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds her of too much of murky memories from a past she can't remember. But she has no choice. The scroll will reveal what she is. And if anyone finds out, she's dead.
Ancient Magic features kick-butt heroines, a hot hero, and otherworldly adventure.
©2016 Linsey Hall (P)2016 Linsey Hall
Let me start by saying, this is the third book by this particular narrator I've listened to and I think it's her best one yet. That said, it sort of broke my brain going from one set of characters to another.
I enjoyed Ancient Magic a lot more than I thought I would, and now I'm wondering when the rest come out on audio. I was mostly attracted to it by the awesome cover, and while the prologue was a touch boring, as soon as chapter 1 started, I was hooked. I absolutely loved the characters, the way the whole firesoul thing worked, and the magical towns in the middle of our world. I liked that the character was powerful but had good reason not to use her magic. It made each usage have weight to it. I also liked the coffee shop. It was incredibly clever.
There were many times I found myself thinking, "OMG did that seriously just happen?"
I seriously recommend this book to anyone who likes magic. It's a straight up adventure book with a touch of hot (non-shirtless) shifter romance. One of the character's even remarks on how the hot shifter keeps his clothes on. LOL
Nothing terribly graphic happens as far as their relationship goes so it comes off as nice and sweet. I'm actually pleased at the hint of romance and that it didn't degrade into extremely graphic sex.
If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
This was definitely a quality magical/fantasy fiction with a lot to brag about. Everything from the author's take on magic, the world in which the story takes place, and the story line and theme itself were all interesting, exciting, and enjoyable. I listened to the entire audiobook in one day.
The main character, Cass, and her two female companions wake up in the middle of a field with few memories other than an instinctual urge to run. There is only one thing they do know about themselves... They are FireSouls, feared and hunted by all other magical beings for their ability to steal the magical abilities of others.
After meeting Aiden, a very wealthy and powerful magical being, she learns of an ancient scroll that reveals the identities and weaknesses of the most powerful magical beings in the world, including FireSouls. She works with Aiden in the hunt for this scroll with the intention of destroying it before anyone can read it, including Aiden. However, what she didn't expect were the feeling that both her and Aiden would develop for each other, or what other powerful magical beings might be looking for the same scroll...
The narration of this book was solid and fit the main character and the story very well. Definitely looking forward to similar performances in the future.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
The reader only has five inflections and it grated on me. The female lead gets hurt on ever venture and the male lead almost never does. They're both boring, predictable characters. I think her sisters are more fun. Not even the bad guys have personality. The only reason I kept reading was to find out what happened to the three girls in the prologue. I was disappointed.
The story was good up until the part where the main character falls in love at 1st sight or with the other one .it was too cliche if the girl had shown some attraction to the guy with an ultimately parted ways I think it would have been a much better story. I think the whole girl meets boy and falls in love with boy really ruins the story . If the author had done it where she was an automatically tied down at the end of the story forced to learn to use her magic or be turned over to the police was kind of bull shit. and especially the part about the guy is the best and the most powerful at everything cetera cetera it just cannot killed it for me at the end , open till a point I had been looking forward to going on to the next books in the series but now i'm not going to . Normally I don't write book reviews but it was so revolting an end to what was leading up to be a good story that I just had to write something.
Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato
This is a great supernatural mystery with fun adventures and a touch of romance! The author created an interesting world with unique characters that are well developed and engaging.
Cass and her two "sisters" wake up in the middle of a field with no memory of the past. They don't remember much and choose to stick together. They do know they are Firesouls and need to hide the fact from everyone.
A handsome wealthy and powerful man named Aiden comes to ask Cass for help in finding a magical book. He is smitten by her and the attraction she feels for him is hard to ignore.
The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. The book does not end in a cliffhanger although the story continues on the next book. I enjoyed it so much I'm going to get Mirror Mage - book 2 soon.
**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**
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Ancient Magic: Dragon's Gift: The Huntress, Book 1
Omg this a great book! its chalked full of magic, supernatural and great friendship, and maybe new love.
The story starts when 3 girls wake up i and have memory of their past, or even their names.
Cass is the main character and the story is pretty much told by her. She has found out that she is a Fire soul. You find out that they are not very likable, and if they are caught, she will be thrown in jail for being one. Fire souls Kill other supernaturals for their powers and are very dangerous.
But Cass is not like that, and she tires to keep her self hidden as she and her 2 “sisters” go though life hidden and using other types of magic so others do not catch on.
She is a treasure hunter, and very good at it. This is how she makes her money. There are not many items she can not find for her clients. She also runs a little magic shop with her sisters that pass the time when she is not hunting things down for he clients.
Then she meets Aiden. she totally has the hots for him, and feels amazing when he is around her. he’s very powerful and she can feel that when he is around her. Aiden hires Cass to help him find a treasure that he has been looking for. its a very powerful list of people and their magic skills. She takes the job but has to make sure she doesn’t let her crush for him get in the way of doing her job, and making sure her name, and her sisters is not on that list!.
the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life! she actually fit case for well!
am looking forward to getting book 2 of this sores. I can’t wait to see what happens.
I was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
I thought the narrator did a good job between the Irish, Scottish, and "normal" (for lack of a better word) accents.
Cass is offered a job by one of the most powerful (and richest) men in the world, Aiden. She uses her talents to find treasure wherever it takes them. Unfortunately, someone with an army of shadow demons beats her to it and escapes. They hunt down the thief and try to take back the treasure.
Urban Fantasy is my favourite genre. It's certainly not on par with some other popular titles (dresden files or Grimnoir chronicles for example), but it's certainly enjoyable. The characters didn't seem to change much; the main character is pretty selfish, but the author didn't let us see much else. Why would a very rich guy who's very interested in getting a scroll use a boat and plane when he can afford to teleport? seemed weird to me, but something i can overlook for the plot. I've never been a fan of the immediate lust which are often referred to as "romance" between the characters, but luckily I wouldn't really consider this a paranormal romance novel. It was well paced, but not a whole lot actually happens. I'm interested in the main character's origin story, especially since her friends didn't get much screen time in this novel.
I received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest review.
I'm excited to have gotten a chance to read Ancient Magic because it was just what I needed. A fast-paced, exciting magical romp with kick-ass female characters, and a hot Scot to boot!
Cassie and her friends don't have memories of their youth but know that someone is out for them and that they are a forbidden entity. Oops. But they're not horrible people, really! So they're in hiding, hiding their true nature, just trying to get by without drawing attention their magical abilities too much. Cassie can't use her powers at all because she is too powerful and things just blow up. But she's also a super talented seeker of treasures and procures goods for sale in their magical shop. I do love a good magical shop and a fun tomb raiding. And yes, there were plenty of references to Lara Croft in this book.
Then sexy Aidan comes along. I mean, a powerful shifter and a Scottish accent? Sign me up! He hires Cassie to find a scroll, and as it turns out this scroll will out Cassie and her friends for what they are. Uh-oh. So now it's personal, and she's out to find it at all costs. But someone else is stealing magical artifacts too, and at every turn, more kicking butt happens and battles ensue. No worries, though, our shifter friend can heal people! Can he get even hotter?
Eventually, Cassie has to start using her magic to save herself or her friends, and we get to see her vulnerable side. The final battle with the lanky of the Monster who seeks them is quite epic and got me curious to see what happens next. Is Cassie going to work on her skills and go after the Monster herself one day? Are they going to keep being in hiding? Only future books will tell.
I'm also very curious to see the relationship develop between Cassie and Aidan. They would be awesome together, and there's enough tension there to start a fire any day now. Cassie just needs to trust more, which is hard to do when you've been running and hiding your entire life.
I also enjoyed the audio of this book. The narration was fun to listen to, and the narrator had a good voice, especially with Aidan's accent ;)
The first four books of the series are already out, though I don't know how many are planned. They are pretty short so are a fun taste of paranormal goodness without dragging on. Which, as I said, was exactly what I needed right now.
I've listened to Laurel once before. She has a young feel to her that fits the characters. Aidan has an Irish accent, and Laurel does that with a slightly lower tone to be male. Even when coming across other beings and characters, Laurel adds to her voice to make them sound slightly different. But most of all, I like the way Laurel sounds relaxed as she speaks and also brings a calm feel to Cass. Though when Cass is nervous we get that feel in Laurel's voice as well.
Cass was a believable character for me. She knows she and her sisters have to be careful and not let their secret out, but she's human too. She has feelings and they cloud the best of intentions, even on the inside, which makes some decisions for Cass harder than usual. I love that Cass loves food. And Aidan knows the way to her heart, food. Aidan is the perfect gentleman. He says the right things and he lets Cass know he's interested in dating her, throughout the story. At times Aidan even made butterflies in my stomach.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com, at my request.
I liked diving into this new world. There is magic of all kinds here, and there's a system to it. FireSouls are those that kill to steal magic from magica, and also have a part of a dragon's soul in them. Which shows in the way they hoard items, what they feel are treasures. The girls don't feel as though they are FireSouls yet they have the signs of it. They don't remember how they got their powers but life as good people getting by each day.
The job for Aidan takes Cass to Ireland, the place the person she and her sisters are running from, could be living still. We don't run into the man they are running from directly, but we do see there is something more with their past, though we (and they) don't know what that past is, yet. I love the introduction of the world and characters here. We meet them and adventure with them, and I've become curious of all their secrets.
Aidan is a special person in the supernatural world. Oh wait until you see him do his magic! Neat what we see. (I don't want to tell you as it's cool to see.) From first meeting, Aidan has asked Cass out on a date. But she's resisted, though she does find him attractive. And that attraction grows as the story goes, even for me.
I really enjoyed this story, it was fun and relaxing for me. I look forward to more books with these characters and their secrets.
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this book was very good and well written. I enjoyed the each character but my favorite is Aiden. I have thing for Irish and Scottish characters. Basically the story is about three young women who do not have memories for the first 15 years. they have bonded as family and have a major secret. They are Fire Souls which are considered very dangerous because they can still others magic. So they have been keeping this a secret. they work together taking old ancient magic relics to make a duplicate before they put them back, They are usually hired to handle these jobs. In comes Aiden, who is the origin and has a lot of magic. He is looking for ancient scroll and needs help finding it. this scroll was written by monks and has information about different magic welders/shifters etc. The three sisters are afraid that the scroll may contain their secret. So they agree to help Aiden. Will they find it? Will Aiden learn their secret?
I enjoyed the story and received this book free for an honest review. I did have a little problem with the narrator but not enough that i would listen to another book.
too much going over the same information especially for a short book, felt like padding out, not necessary.
"Leaves you wanting more"
Loved it. You can feel the tension between the two lead characters. I felt myself saying just tell him your secret!.... Not your usual supernatural novel. Engaging, fast paced and so many twists.
Audible when's the next book going to be available.
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"Listened to this in one go"
I could not stop listening to this I had to know what happened next. The story is different and has lots of twists. The plot is different not your normal run of the mill witch mysteries. I loved the twist at the end.
I loved the characters and I do hope audible buy the rest of the series soon.
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