Series: Magic Born #3
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, Military, Romance, Second Chances, Thrillers, Urban Fantasy
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She was the only Magic Born to ever escape the Rangers. Now there's a ten-million-dollar bounty for her return.
Trancehacker Tuyet Caron could have left New Corinth for good, but instead uses her magic and risks her life on a daily basis to help the Magic Born. She's been careful to avoid capture, but a careless glance at a video camera brings her face to face with the Ranger who let her go.
Captain Dale Hayes let Tuyet walk away once, but he won't make that mistake again. When faced with the ultimate choice, however, he chooses her with barely a thought. But that also means siding with the Magic Born and becoming a fugitive in the eyes of the law.
Tuyet and Dale plan to flee, but are caught in a deadly riot that kills innocent people. Outraged, the pair vows to bring an end to the Magic Laws, regardless of what that means for their own safety.
I picked up this book a while ago, and unfortunately it was one of those books that made its way to the back of kindle and I forgot all about it. Lucky I decided to dig deep and look at all the books I forgot about, and found Firewall. Now as I have said before I am always leery about picking up a book mid-series, but the synopsis of this one just pulled me in. I have really been in the mood for urban fantasy lately, or really anything with a magical twist, so this is exactly the kind of book I was looking for.
So first off the thing that stuck out to me the most when it came time to pick up this book is that its about witches, and I love me some witches. Also this book takes place in the U.S. but way in the future (okay not that far in future, I mean it’s not like we are in space or something, but its still the future). In terms of world building, I really liked the whole oppressive version of the U.S. and how the magic laws have effected so much of the population, it’s interesting to think about the U.S. being under economic sanctions from other countries because of how they treat their citizens (and can I just say I hope it never comes to that). Anyway, Clark does a good job painting a picture of the protests and the way the people living in the “zone” are feeling. There were moments where the action got really chaotic and sometimes hard to keep up with, but I actually think it works in favor for this book because it was a chaotic situation.
So our main character is Tuyet and she is a witch. She used to work for the government, in a Ranger unit, but she had enough one day of basically having to work to avoid being essentially prisoned (lets call it indentured servitude for just being who she was born as). She left behind her old Captain, Dale, who she clearly has feelings for. But instead of hauling herself as far out of the U.S. as she could she stuck around to fight for people like her. I liked her. She is strong, and has a good sense of right and wrong. She’s got moment of sassy attitude and moments of vulnerability. In general, I just really enjoyed her.
Dale I liked too. He so clearly cares about Tuyet. But he is stuck in between a rock in a hard place, does he follow his heart, or does he still with his job in the career he always wanted as a Ranger. He has a good sense of humor too. But I just liked him. He was a great fit for Tuyet, and I liked how great the chemistry between them was.
This book was an intense and wild ride, and I really enjoyed it. The epilogue made me happy too. If you are looking for an urban fantasy and you like witches/magic then this might be the book for you.