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Trace of Magic Audiobook

Trace of Magic: The Diamond City Magic Novels, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

Even the most powerful tracers can't track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Loch Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I'll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions. Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she's on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.

©2014 Diana Pharaoh Francis (P)2016 Bell Bridge Books

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    Sandra 03-30-16
    Sandra 03-30-16
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    "Promising new series! Credit used with no regrets."
    If you could sum up Trace of Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, different, racy


    What did you like best about this story?

    As my first experience with Diana Pharaoh Francis, I'm thrilled that she was able to take a potentially beaten-to-death premise of a magic-laced modern world and unveil a fresh new take on it.

    The plot and themes of magic unfold very well throughout the story. The characters aren't just archetypal pawns, either. Francis has done a good job fleshing them out with an entire series in mind. The character development is steady and doesn't seem too forced, and I found Riley, the main character, to actually be likable. A couple of my recent listens made it impossible to care if the characters—let alone the main one—just burst into flames. This one was refreshing and fun.

    Francis did a great job ending the book while keeping it open. To me, that means she trusts her readers and writing ability enough to keep a series going.

    **Note: If you can't handle graphic sexual content, you can easily fast forward through it. This is an adult-oriented book, sure, but sex isn't the focal point of the story. Oh, and you might want to rethink listening if: 1) you're looking for something that redefines a genre or deconstructs societal norms or 2) you're offended by swearing, I guess.**


    What about Elizabeth Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Everything. This is the first book I've listened to with her as the narrator. I think I'm in love. She has a nice character range, volume consistency (no inaudible whispering or surprise screeching), and an incredibly digestible voice. It was easy to imagine that Riley was the one speaking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No. This could easily be warped into a horrible movie with a vacant, libido-driven main character thrown into action scenes, so please just read the book. The book is good.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Micklah 05-15-16
    Micklah 05-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "I enjoyed the story but..."

    I felt like the most important thing to the main characters was figuring out if the other person really loved them. I thought the plot had more going for it than love turmoil and it kept coming up in the middle of really interesting and exciting moments. It made it hard to enjoy the action.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-12-16
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    "A good adventour for those who love possiblities"
    If you could sum up Trace of Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Great Story Line


    What other book might you compare Trace of Magic to and why?

    I would compare this to the David Eddings Wizards First Rule. I would also say the Laurell K. Hamilton's first few books before she forgot how to right a story and went straight into Porn.


    What about Elizabeth Phillips’s performance did you like?

    She was excellent. I have a lot of audio books, but I love Elizabeth's performance. The men sounded like men the women sounded like woman and the story line flowed so smoothly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So many authors cope out with a story line that is a good hook and then they provide little substance and a lot of sex. Although there is a little sex in this book, the key focus is the story line and how it plays out.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to wait for the other books in this series so that I can finish the whole story line. I might have to purchase the hard covers so that I can see how things are going to work in the future.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Anderson 04-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Surpassed All Expectarins!!!!"

    Best paranormal Romance since laurell K Hamilton without all the multipartner sex, Faith Hunter who is my all time favorite, Kim Harrison, and Patricia Briggs. This Author is on instant download from now on. She really is going to go far wuth this series. This book has it all. Plot was unique and I listened to it all at once. couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Riley is a tough heroine that has a good heart. Along comes our hero who is a good cop but has dealings with some bad people. reminds me a little of mafia but with magic everywhere. Most definitely credit worthy but I would have spent the money for this listen. I can not wait to see how this series grows. narration was perfect for this book and the few sex scenes were hot. like I said this book has it all. If you like paranormal romance this is your new favorite Arthur. Happy Listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin United States 10-30-17
    Robin United States 10-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible"

    This was an unbelievably boring, repetitive and annoying book. I purchased it because a review blurb was from an author I like. Big mistake! Dealing with the narrator's pronunciation of didn’t as did-nit was mind numbing. The male lead turned into a whining baby and the female lead constantly asked silly questions every time there was a struggle. Then the story inconsistencies just compounded my misery. Advice…spend the credit on something that has actually been through a competent editor.

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    Tamara Simpson WILSONVILLE, OR, US 09-06-17
    Tamara Simpson WILSONVILLE, OR, US 09-06-17
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    "Pleasant Surprise, Why to go Diana!"

    I have already downloaded the next book in the series... I am hooked and eager listen to the next book... well worth my credits!

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    Amazon Customer 03-05-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Ended too abruptly!"

    Ok, so room had to be left for a sequel, but it was like the ending got cut off with a scissors!

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    Randall R Spear Dolores, CO, US 05-23-16
    Randall R Spear Dolores, CO, US 05-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "good story, interesting setting and characters"
    If you could sum up Trace of Magic in three words, what would they be?

    loyalty, romance, danger


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Phillips’s performances?

    No, she was the weak link in the audiobook, the narration was stilted, didn't flow well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The tension of the heroine seeing the wreck her brother in law had become was touching, haunting and caught my attention. She had worked to rescue him, but he could be beyond help.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to what happens next.

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    JC. Sanders 05-05-16
    JC. Sanders 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good start to a fresh series"

    really enjoyed getting to know this character and this story was interesting kept me up listening

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    mlsimmons 04-29-16
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    "Good start to a UF series"

    I’ve heard great things about Diana Pharaoh Francis for a long time from Berls from Fantasy is More Fun, so when I finally got a chance to review one of her audiobooks, I jumped at the chance. I didn’t really know much about this book going it. I had not read any reviews, only the blurb from Goodreads. I will say, that I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it.

    This is a world where you have people with different magical abilities. Riley Hollis is a Tracer. She can follow someone’s trace and see where they’ve been in the past. She is much stronger than she lets on though. If some of the powerful people figured out how powerful she really was, she would become a target. Most people can only track someone’s trace for a short time. Riley can track someone’s trace back forever and even after they died.
    Detective Clay Price is known as a dirty cop. He is in the pocket of the mob as an enforcer.

    However, when he isn’t doing the mob’s work, he is actually a pretty good cop. He needs someone to do a trace for him, but doesn’t want it to be on the record with the police or the mob, so he comes to Riley. He makes her an offer she can’t refuse to work for him. Then her sister calls in hysterics because her boyfriend’s place is in disarray. Price and and Riley work together to find out what happened to the boyfriend. They find out it is all tied together.

    I really enjoyed this story. It was full of action. I liked the magic. Riley is a great character that is full of sass. Price is decent character, better than I thought he would be, seeing that he was part of the mob and all. I was a little surprised that Riley gives in and sleeps with him as quickly as she did. She also starts to reveal more and more about herself to him faster than I would’ve thought, even after sleeping with him. There are also some really great side characters in this story that I would like to learn more about.

    It was a pretty good start to the series. I would like to see the second book and see where this series goes. It has promise. The second book isn’t available on audio yet. I don’t know if it will be or not. I’ll have to wait a bit and see.

    Narration
    This is my first audiobook with Elizabeth Phillips. I will say that I thought she did a great job. I has no issues with any of the voices, male or female. I was always able to distinguish between the characters. I did listen at an increased speed, but that is normal for me. I would recommend her for more books.

    **I like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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