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Hidden Legacy #3 – Wildfire

One of my big hopes is that the Hidden Legacy series from Ilona Andrews extends beyond the currently planned trilogy. The first book was one of my best reads last year, and I got totally hooked on the world. Details have been a bit sketchy on the third book, but now we have both a title and a blurb. It will be called Wildfire, and it will be released on July 25th.

quotation marksJust when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…
Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.
As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whearabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

So, let’s just start with a group cheer, shall we? I was completely surprised about Nevada’s grandmother, but then I thought that maybe it was her other grandmother rather than the one we have already met? I guess we will see next July.

Cover Lover

White Hot – Version 2

I have never made any secret of the fact that I am a cover-junkie, but there are a few series that I am so addicted to that I can forgive about any cover issues. Ilona Andrews is one author whose books have not always been the luckiest when it comes to art, so I was intrigued when word came down that the White Hot cover was getting a do-over after its publication delay. I didn’t dislike the first version, but I have to admit that I did have visions of Tony Mauro or Dan Dos Santos-type art for this great series. That didn’t happen. This is what the original was to look like…

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See, not bad. Not great, but not bad, either. Then I saw the revised art for White Hot on Amazon, and it wasn’t the change I was hoping for. I actually like it less than the original version, honestly. Behold…


The only thing throwing me off is that darn title font. The colors are pretty, the models are the same, but that icy drippy font is weird for a book cover. Especially one called White Hot.

So, better or worse, in your opinion? Or, like me, are you just so happy to get your hands on this that you can forgive pretty much anything. Except that font…

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Spotlight Wednesday – Annie Bellet

On one of my random internet searches, I came across and article over on the Barnes and Noble Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog called ” 12 Highly Bingeable Urban Fantasy Series”. Any list that has Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop and Faith Hunter on it catches my attention. While there were several series mentioned that I knew, it was a completely unknown one that caught my eye and made me think of doing an author spotlight post.

Author Annie Bellet has an ongoing, seven book series (with the eighth due in December) called The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, which gets its start with the first long-novella length story, Justice Calling.


Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.

Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.

As long as she doesn’t use her magic.

When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.

Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.

If you are interested in checking this one out, it can be found on for free by clicking HERE.

There is a print bind-up of the first four books called Level Grind, and one for the next three called Boss Fight.

Other books in the series:


annie-belletAbout the author: Annie Bellet is a full-time speculative fiction writer. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh. Her books include Avarice (Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division: Book 1), The Gryphonpike Chronicles series, and the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series. Her interests besides writing include rock climbing, reading, horse-back riding, video games, comic books, table-top RPGs, and many other nerdy pursuits.

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News From The Others

heartPretty much everyone who comments here on Wicked Scribes is a fan of Anne Bishop‘s The Others. In fact, I can’t remember if anyone has ever said anything even remotely negative about it, and that is pretty rare (the only other authors universally praised here I can think of are Elizabeth Hunter and Ilona Andrews). And if you are like me, you haven’t been exactly thrilled with the thought of The Others wrapping up in five short months with the release of Etched in Bone. There have been a few rumors of it not really being the end, but they have been just that – rumors. Until now.

Over on Happy Ever After, the announcement has been made that the series will continue on. Not only that, but there are even a few details to get us excited. I personally had figured that if the series was extended, the focus would shift to someone we had already met in the Courtyard, maybe Vlad, for example. Turns out I was way off base. The publisher shared this about the 2018 release:

quotation marksSet in the country of Thaisia, a present-day alternate North America, the strange and beautiful world of The Others is one where humans live alongside shapeshifters, vampires and a host of beings even more deadly known as the terra indigene. The first five books of The Others have focused on the inhabitants of the Lakeside Courtyard — a private terra indigene community whose residents are tasked with keeping watch over the humans in the city.
Bishop’s new novel takes readers to a human village nestled in the terra indigene-controlled Finger Lakes region of Northeast Thaisia. It stars divorcee Victoria “Vicki” DeVine, owner of The Jumble — a small, self-sufficient community located on the shore of Lake Silence. Vicki and the town’s residents soon find themselves caught up in a chilling mystery, after a series of vicious murders rock the small community.

You can read a few small excerpts, and get a feel for some of the characters, by checking out the official announcement HERE.

While I am a bit sad to find out it won’t be focused on the Lakeside Courtyard, I am still intrigued by this new direction and new set of characters. Are you intrigued by the thought of delving into a whole new area of this world, or were you hoping for more from the characters we already know?


Reading Wrap Up

I used to do these posts quite often, mostly so I could keep fresh in my mind what I had read and how I felt about it. Maybe I am getting too lazy, because now it is more like a once a month thing. Anyways, I have still be chugging along on the Dark-Hunters from Sherrilyn Kenyon, although I did take a break for some new releases. My thoughts vary on them, though.

Well, so far things have been quite positive. I did hit a bit of a stumbling block with Sins of the Night (Alexion and Danger), though. It was ok, but I never got completely interested in it – either story or character wise. It wasn’t bad, I can’t say that, but it wasn’t difficult for me to put it down and go read other things, either. It is the first one that I didn’t fly through. But I think I was getting a bit burnt out on the whole tortured Kenyon hero thing – I mean, I like a good sob story as much as the next guy, but it seemed like each one was getting more abused than the last. Maybe that was why I needed to take a break.  I am back in the swing of things and I am now in the middle of the ninth full book, Unleash the Night. So far so good, and I am really liking Wren as a lead character. I just know his backstory is going to be horrid, though. Sigh.

I did take a break from the Dark-Hunters to read Magic Binds from Ilona Andrews. Duh. That was a no-brainer, and it was awesome. Details are getting fuzzy, though, because I read it so quickly, so I will be doing a second pass hopefully starting this week. One where I can take my time and hopefully retain what actually happened.

And I also checked out the latest Shifters Unbound from Jennifer Ashley (aaand on first writing of this, I left the “f” out of Shifters. Awkward). Guardian’s Mate was a good story, and it looks like we might get some forward movement on the series-wide story arc, too, in future books. Zander didn’t disappoint, and I was glad he actually got a mate I liked, too.

It had been a few weeks since I had read an In Death book from J.D. Robb, and don’t laugh, but I missed them. So I also tackled #8 in the series, Conspiracy in Death, as I enjoyed it as much as the rest. No sign of me getting bored with this monster yet at all.

Oh, I did break down and get the first Midnight, Texas book from Charlaine Harris, Midnight Crossroads, after my last post mentioning the upcoming show. Eh, well. I am not done yet, but it hasn’t grabbed me. At all. I would go so far as to say that, to this point, it is pretty darn dull. I think I am still less than half-way through, but so far it has all been details. Who is who, who does what, who is wearing what and eating what and going where. I haven’t hit the actual story yet, but I do know every place that the cat Mr. Snuggles sits. I’m not giving up, but I am also not holding out much hope for me to suddenly get engrossed, either.

What have all of you been reading and loving? At what point did you find yourself needing a break from the Dark-Hunters, or did you manage to plow through them without stopping? Does Midnight, Texas, actually get interesting?


Magic Binds Review

With less than a day until its official release (although I got my copy in the mail today), Monika sent over her review for Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews, the ninth book in the Kate Daniels series. Doug already sent over a review a couple of weeks back (which can be found HERE), now let’s check out another POV.

magic bindsWhat Monika said…

Fate and Father issues: Turning inward.

To readers familiar with the series it does not come as a surprise that Kate Daniels is having father issues; after all the overarching story arc has been all about finding ways and the means to defeat Roland, who in the past has seemed far too powerful to go up against. Now dear old dad has relocated to outside of Atlanta and is building a residence there, right outside the territory that Kate has claimed (quite unwillingly) as her own in order to protect it from his grasp. For a short time Kate and her dad had an uneasy ceasefire going, that is, until Roland has Saiman abducted. Although Saiman is no particular friend of hers, Kate cannot have people taken from her sphere of influence if she wants to appear credible as a leader.

Her father troubles are all the more inconvenient as Kate is trying to plan her wedding with Curran. In fact, that is were the book starts: Kate and Curran are trying to gain entrance into Roman’s magically protected home to ask him to officiate at their wedding. Roman is delighted as normally – because of his position as a priest of the Dark God Chernobog – he never gets asked to officiate at happy occasions. When it turns out that Kate is busy with other stuff he takes over as the wedding planner, with hilarious results.

And if that weren’t enough the Oracle has a vision of Kate’s future if she does indeed go through with her marriage to Curran and it is bleak, though not marrying him could be even worse. Thus faced with two impossible choices Kate tries everything to change her destiny and the outcome the Oracle predicted. The question whether one’s fate is ordained or whether one can shape one’s own destiny is at the core of many belief systems. Kate seems to be more on the side of taking fate into her own hands, even if the consequences turn out to be unpredictable.

Having broken off from the pack Kate and Curran also have to establish their new roles and redefine the parameters of their relationship, thinking about the lines in the sand that cannot be crossed. Kate is also trying to strengthen the bonds with her allies and to gain new ones in order to have a chance at defeating her father.

But between all the the myriad responsibilities, her relationships with Curran, family and an ever growing circle of friends and planning the wedding, the most important struggle that Kate has to fight is an internal one. As her quest to cheat fate progresses she comes to realize that the greatest danger does not lie in being defeated by her father, but in becoming like her father: a powerful godlike being that cares nothing for the lifes and emotions of others and rationalizes his actions, even the most heinous ones, as serving the greater good…

Verdict: a great UF read, fast-paced, full of action and urgency, at times hilariously funny and displaying quite some philosophical depth.  I cannot wait to see where Ilona Andrews will take this series next!

I managed to get most of my crap done today so I can dive into Magic Binds tonight and read right through. Can’t wait.


Magic Binds Predictions and Spoilers

Hey everyone. Today, I thought we could try something new and maybe see how a predictions and spoilers post would work out, focusing on next week’s Magic Binds. I figure from now until release day, we can theorize and prophecize about what Ilona Andrews‘ has come up with this time, and after that we can re-hash and discuss.

Like, for example, I have been trying to figure out who is going to die.

Yep, morbid as that sounds, you just know someone is going to get taken out. I just can’t quite put my finger on who. You know (hope/pray) that Kate and Curran are ok (or at least alive at the end. Ditto Julie. And I refuse to believe Derek will die. Just no. But it still has to be a character that will make an impact not just on the other characters but on us readers, too. I figure the rat alphas and Desandra should be safe just because one of them dying would be sad but not traumatic. The same goes for George, Eduardo, and that type. And surely people like Andrea/Raphael and Jim/Dali are safe, because it would be evil to kill characters who have had their own book. I think. And I am still on the “Roman gets his own book” train, so I refuse to think it is him.

The next level up would be those like Doolittle, Barabas, Christopher, Ascanio, Mahone. Any one of them dying at this point would be even more impactful than when Aunt B was killed, and leave an even bigger hole. Doolittle has probably suffered enough in the last couple of books, so I am going to call him safe (ish). Ascanio is young, so I am going to skip him, too. I don’t know if Christopher has reached his full potential yet, so I am going to call him safe as well. That leaves me fearing for the future of Mahone and Barabas – and as much as I hate to think it, I am going with Barabas dying in Magic Binds. And if I am right, which I hope I’m not, that will hurt.

Dammit! I just realized I agreed to go to movies this Tuesday night. What the holy hell was I smoking? Did I not have a clue that this is supposed to be delivered on Tuesday? Duh.

So, what do you predict will happen in Magic Binds? Or, what would you like to see? Roland taken down? Some word on Hugh? More development for Julie and Derek? Do you figure someone is due to die, and if so, who? Doug has already sent over his spoiler-free review, which can be found HERE, and Monika seconded the love in a recent comment. The lucky ARC people already know what happens, but now it is your turn.

Just remember…

Spoiler Free Until Release Day!


This and That and Book of the Month

book of the monthI know it is a total shock, but Magic Binds has been chosen for the book of the month for September. Rather than asking which book was going to be chosen, it would’ve been a better question to ask what margin Ilona Andrews was going to win by. This was completely a race for second place, which went to the next ever popular In Death installment from J.D. Robb, Apprentice in Death.

On a side note, I have gotten a few emails over the last couple of days, ever since I got rid of the author sections, where people have been asking me if I am quitting blogging. Nope, I am sticking around. I am just trying to streamline things, and get rid of what doesn’t really work or doesn’t come in handy. I am the worst person for dumping things that I don’t need or use, even in my “real life”. I am not a big fan of clutter, or holding on to things that don’t serve a purpose – hence my many, many book unhauls, things like that. So, just to verify, I am still chugging along. Just in a bit more streamlined fashion.

But even though I have rearranged things a bit, if you have any suggestions as to things you would like to see added, changed, or refined here, let me know in the comments section. I might not be able to do it, but I can look into whatever suggestions you might make.

I am getting a lot done on my time off – a lot which should’ve been done a while ago, but whatever. I have two major vacations a year, and I take the opportunity to rip my entire house apart, donate/throw out what I don’t use, and clean. And it is the only time when I so wish I made the switch to e-books. Honestly. I take all of the books out, vacuum each one to get out the dust and cat hair, clean the shelves and then drag them out to clean behind for all of the hidden treasures, then rearrange everything. All together, it takes about 5 hours (and a bunch of Tylenol). And what scares me is that I have fewer books than I used to have. This is about 1/3rd of the bunch…


You know, it never fails, I get to this point in something – books all over the place, closet ripped apart and everything flung all over the place – and then I don’t feel like doing any more. I really wanted a nap, but unfortunately didn’t have any place to have one so I had to finish it. The good news is that as of this point, I think I have done my very last un-haul. I dropped another 15 books during the course of my clean up, and now I am at the bare minimum for my TBR. There are probably a few already-read books I could pull since I have moved on from the series, but for right now I am about as efficient as I am going to get.


Magic Binds Review

Yes, we are on the final countdown for Magic Binds, the next installment of the Kate Daniels series from Ilona Andrews, which is due out on the 20th. Doug Meeks sent over his early review, and it sounds like it doesn’t disappoint. Not that any of us thought it ever would.

magic bindsWhat Doug said…

My head is still trying to grasp all the things that happened in this book and more importantly the question of “What happens next??” As for the question, I don’t know and trying to guess what the authors will come up with would be the textbook definition of “exercise in futility”.

OK, to get things started and to raise the stress level of the reader, we get an oracle who sees all kinds of horrible things in Kate’s future and almost no way to avoid them which sets this book off on a series of small adventures leading up to a middle sized adventure which leads to an epic battle, so what could we add?

Did you forget the wedding? Yes, the wedding which they choose the most unlikely priest who has never been asked to do a wedding and becomes a “wedding planner” and he and others pursue Kate all through the book to add some serious humor to a very stressful story. It is things like this that make this book rise above almost every other series in this genre, they can make you laugh at the best and worst times.

Let’s not forget about Roland, the loving Father and homicidal megalomaniac that has been the monster since book 1 pretty much but has become a mixed bag over the last few books. Is he the horrible monster or just a misunderstood psychopath? Well, you get a lot more information in this book and just when you think you know all the answers The Andrews Mafia give it a twist to make you run for your Advil. We do get a LOT more history of Roland in this book than we have in this whole series up until now.

One of the things in every almost every novel in this genre I have ever read is any character with enormous powers has to fight their own inner demons to avoid becoming a monster and this happens with Kate a lot in this book but it is SO subtle at the time that you don’t realize she has crossed a line until it is pointed out to you and THAT folks is just plain old good writing.

Another thing I have noticed in recent books is that a few characters I really liked have become somewhat unlikable but still remain uneasy friends. They take this small tidbit of a plot twist and blow it into the stratosphere in this one, you will not believe who Kate is bringing home for a visit.

You been wondering about Christopher you say? Answers will be forthcoming and it is just one of MANY surprises in this book.

I keep wondering about Julie and what the future plans for her are, she is still a bit of an unknown power and she is still spending time with Roland. When I think of this series ending it is more than a bit depressing but I can see this carrying on with Julie as the lead character in the future.

Let us get back to the wedding planning, it is pure chaos and in addition to all the “girly” stuff that Kate must suffer through Roland wants to attend and make it into a feast for the ages. Ya gotta love family LOL. If all the monsters and evil villains can’t kill Kate, this wedding might do it.

I think I will end this horribly long review with a question …. where is Hugh, we don’t see him at all in this book and I don’t believe for a minute that he is really gone. Is that April Fool joke about him getting his own book going to become a reality?

Bottom Line: WTF can I say that has not already been said, I get tired of saying how this one is better than the last. I have already run out of superlatives and to repeat how awesome/exceptional/amazing/[ fill in the blank ] this series is just makes me look inept. Let’s just call it in a class with maybe 3-4 other series at most and give it 5 Stars only because they don’t allow more.

My Favorite Line (and you have to read it in context to enjoy it): “My impersonation of a peacock is proceeding as planned.”

Since it would be stupid to ask if you are looking forward to this one, I will ask instead what you would like to see after this series wraps up. The mysterious Hugh book? More Derek stories? How about a Roman-centric series?

Book of the Month

September’s Book of the Month

Yep, I do this post fully aware that it is a foregone conclusion as to which book will be the pick of the month. Hell, Magic Binds is probably the pick of the rest of the year if I am being honest. But we will go through the motions to choose which book is the most anticipated release for September. I have chosen 10 titles to list in the poll, but if you have a different book you are most looking forward to just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. A complete list of September’s releases can be found HERE.

I have to admit, while I am chomping at the bit to get Magic Binds, I am almost equally as excited to get Blood Red Kiss. I have been waiting for Gena Showalter to write Dallas’s story for what feels like forever, and I am so grateful I don’t even mind it is a novella. You know those stories that you just don’t think you will ever get, then years later they are written? That is Dallas’s story for me. So excited.