Hi everyone, Merry Christmas to all. Today I've decided to review an refreshingly unique series by a new to me author Harry Connolly, a series I've heard good things about.
Ray Lilly is living on borrowed time. He’s the driver for Annalise Powliss, a high-ranking member of the Twenty Palace Society, a group of sorcerers devoted to hunting down and executing rogue magicians. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job.
Unfortunately for both of them, Annalise’s next mission goes wrong, leaving her critically injured. With the little magic he controls, Ray must complete her assignment alone. Not only does he have to stop a sorcerer who’s sacrificing dozens of innocent lives in exchange for supernatural power, he must find–and destroy–the source of that inhuman magic
Child of Fire starts off with one-time thief Ray Lilly and his tough-as-nails boss Annalise on the hunt for something that is causing mayhem in the town of Hammer Bay. The residents are very protective of their own and don't take kindly to outsiders asking questions. Ray, with the help of his trusty ghost knife, has to manoeuvre a minefield to get to the truth and with the major players in town trying to get to him, it's not easy.
Children are disappearing, literally - no one remembers them, even the parents don't realise that their child is missing. All this is just the tip of an supernatural iceberg and it's up to Ray and his less-than-cooperative boss to find out who is behind these events and put a stop to it, only Annalise doesn't seem to care who gets caught in the fallout.
I really liked how the story starts off in the thick of the investigation and events unfold slowly amist the nonstop action, explaining how and why Ray, an exconvict came to be the unlikely sidekick of indestructible sorcerer Annalise. There are still more questions to be answered at the end but hopefully we get some answers in the sequel.
I liked Ray, he doesn't really know what he's doing in the beginning, only that he's Annalise's assistant but discovers that he's bitten off more than he can chew. As more and more children disappear-some in plain sight, he realises that he's not as cold as he pretends to be and is determined to do what needs to be done despite the consequences.
Annalise is more of a mystery, she is powerful and shakes off bullets as they don't exist. But because Ray betrayed her once, Annalise is looking for an excuse to kill him–or let someone else do the job.
Child of fire is a dark, gritty urban fantasy, violent and gory. There's no romance between the characters - the book concentrates on the investigation, and the supernaturals they come across, with hints about the Twenty Palace Society which Annalise is a member of. An enjoyable read, I look forward to more of Ray's adventures.