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Boundary Broken

Boundary Magic, Book 4
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Boundary Magic Series, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Years ago, boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther made a promise to an alpha werewolf. Now, just when the supernatural community in Colorado is enjoying a period of hard-won peace, the alpha turns up at Lex’s door to call in his marker. Two of his pack members have disappeared in the Colorado sand dunes, and he needs safe passage to hunt for them.

With her friend Simon Pellar along for backup, Lex ventures into the dunes to search for the missing couple…but what they find is only the opening move in an ambitious assault against those who hold power in the Colorado Old World. An old enemy has returned to tear their peace apart, and Lex is soon embroiled in politics she doesn’t understand, from a time before she had magic.

To save her friends and her way of life, Lex will have to cross every line she’s drawn since learning what she is - and it may still be too late.

©2019 Melissa F. Olson (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Heroine too frustrating for 4th book

There will be spoilers!!!

I'm trying to be fair here. The writing and overall story-line is great. The narration is good. The last book was frustrating for me because at what point does Lex realize she is in a supernatural world and supposedly has supernatural abilities? Typically, at the point of peak frustration the author will throw something out there that acknowledges the frustration that she is giving the reader - and you think, is this part of the design?

Lex is either supremely incompetent or just too set in her ways. I understand she was a soldier and may approach problems differently, but since when do soldiers NOT use the tools they have at hand. How long must she train before she thinks to reach for a supernatural tool-set to address a supernatural problem? Why is her first instincts to freeze up and do nothing when she encounters ghosts, especially when she's supposedly been laying them for 6 months? Why is her first instinct to always leave her hero and call the guy that always gets injured? For this to be a book that's moved 3 years into the future the lack of development in the heroine has become ridiculous and too frustrating for me to know if I even want to continue with the series.

I know the author is trying to limit the solutions that Lex can apply with her type of magic, but seriously - it is not a big leap from a military mindset that if Lex can see life essences its a similar concept as using a heat scope. This is just ONE thing I can think of off the top of my head that would show even a little growth in Lex as she adapts to the Old World. There is a fine line between building tension in a story and making the main character reek of incompetence. If that is supposed to be part of the charm of this series, I'm not buying it.

I was waiting to see how this story went to see if I wanted to branch out into other series this author writes since this is my first, but IDK if the hero/heroine relationships follow this pattern, I think I am going to save myself some frustration.


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Ok listen

This was my least favorite of the series but I plan to read the next one.

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What really bothered me was by the 4th book (and per timeline a few years) I expected Lex to have more of a handle on her talent and to act more like the soldier she had been. This book had Lex stumbling thru the story unsure of herself and it put me off.

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Brilliant story

This is a brilliat, magnificent story, a magical action packed page turner. Another great adventure of the old world, perhaps one of the best. Vampires, werewolves, witches and humans in a battle of power, and justice you can't afford to miss. The characters are incredibly real and complex, each twists and turns are unpredictable,and emotionally draining. Lex, is a very captivating character, but I have to confess, Maven is my favorite cardinal vampire. She is a por, smart, and humble leader, always trying to be fair without altering the delicate balance of their worlds. I'm addicted to these author series, and every time they are better, like a hurricane of magical adventures, filled with surprising events, the narrator's voice is a monumental element of attraction, the voice that guide you through it all. Excellent, magnificent work of Melissa F. Olsen, I loved it since the first page and I definitely recommend it.

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Always enjoyable

I’m so glad I found this author. Her characters are funny and unique, and the storylines are great.

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  • Gelsey D
  • Rockwood, TN United States
  • 04-07-19

amazing!

Omg Olson just keeps amazing me every time. Can't recommend enough!! read it right now! The performance was also excellent.

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super!

The trilogy really lived up to the store series! I can't wait for the next installment of the boundary series!

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Fantastic

Really glad Melissa wrote another book in this series. Also enjoy the narrator. Would like another with Both series.

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  • H Price
  • Jackson, MIchigan
  • 03-28-19

Olson Does It Again!

Such a treat to have a new Boundary book from Melissa F Olson!

I re-read the entire series before reading this, and loved how they all flowed together. I find her characters interesting and quirky, and her version of the paranormal world is one of my favorite interpretations.

Alison 'Lex' Luther is a boundary witch -- one who straddles the line between life and death. Olson has created a life for her that's multi-layered and fascinating. I adore the secondary characters, especially Simon & Lily Pellar, Maven, an extremely old vampire who looks like an artsy college student, and one of my favorite characters, Sashi, a thaumaturgic witch.

I wasn't terribly engaged at the beginning, but the story gained momentum and the last 2/3 or so were up to Olson's standards. As always, Kate Rudd did an amazing job with the narration, but I'd like her to listen to the Scarlet series so she knows how to pronounce 'Dashiel.'

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More Adventures with Lex

I love reading about the Old World through Allison ‘Lex’ Luther. Olson does a great job of just recapping enough of what happened previously in Alex’s adventures. I imagine if you are binging the books, it might be slightly annoying, but if you are like me who reads them with distance, I find the recaps really helpful.

The plot moves along at great speed. I like moving from the various factions in the Old World, but Lex’s personal stuff kind of takes a backseat in this one in place of the overall mystery. I miss some of her character developments beyond the love of her niece and boyfriend. Lex’s PTSD, her strength, and her magic makes her a really compelling character to me.

I think there is a growing Team Scarlett / Team Lex thing out there for the fans. But I am excited to see where Lex is headed based on the setup for the next novel.

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It’s great to have Lex back

She’s my favorite character in the Old world myths, and it’s great to have her back. Kate Rudd’s narration is perfect as usual.

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  • Debbie
  • 03-29-19

Brilliant

Loved this book Boundary magic series keeps getting better can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Book addict
  • 03-27-19

Ok - but not as good as the rest of the series

Lex just seemed to bumble about completely clueless and useless throughout the whole book. It was still an ok listen but it was really lacking the extra spark I’ve grown to expect from Melissa F. Olson. I’ll still get more books from the author though.