Series: Souls of Fire #1
Published by Signet Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.
Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.
But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…
I am not so secretly in love with Keri Arthur. I think she kept me interested in urban fantasy when I was starting to get tired of it, and in all honestly she is part of what keeps me going back to the genre. I like many people were very sad when the saga that was Riley Jenson ended, so I was looking for my next great Keri Arthur fix one day when I ran across this book.
I think part of the reason why this book was so enjoyable to me is that it didn’t feel like it was a repeat of all the other books in the urban fantasy genre. I don’t think I have ever read a book that features phoenixes as the lead, although I am sure they are out there. I love reading Arthur’s version of mythological creatures, she always makes then so interesting and complex that I can’t help but get pulled into their world.
As I have come to expect in Keri Arthur’s books there is way more going on then meets the eye. She does such a great job of keeping me guessing about what’s really going on. I also really liked the whole being back an old lover from the past and throwing them together and having all that built in drama going on.
I really like Emberly, I think she is a great female lead, and I think she is going to be fun to read and get to know in the next books in this series. So part of being a phoenix means that Emberly is paired with another phoenix (Rory) who she literally needs in order to survive, but at the same time is cursed to never romantically love. This definitely makes things difficult for any relationships that she tries to have. So when Emberly has a vision about Sam’s death, a man she used to love who left her, you just know things are going to get complicated.
So there are three main guys in this story, Rory (the co-phoenix), Sam (the ex-lover who is in danger), and Jackson (a fire fae who Emberly ends up working with). I liked Rory, he’s the strong dependable type who clearly cares about Emberly. Sam, was, well he’s complicated. He’s a bit on the judgemental side, who made me not exactly like him, also he is a bit on the bossy side, thinking he is in charge of everything, which made me want to slap him more than once. Jackson I liked a lot. He’s a complex guy, he’s good to Emberly, in that he really treats her as an equal more than anything (which after how Sam deals with her is like a breath of fresh air).
All in all, I liked this first book in the series. The world building is fun and interesting. The mystery of who is behind everything with the Red Caps kept me both interested and guessing. I really think it was the interpersonal relationships that made this book a solid like for me though. If you are a fan of Keri Arthur’s other books or just like urban fantasy in general, then you should check out this new series from Keri Arthur.