Review by: Andrea Randall
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Magic Attracts Magic A thousand years of war and history are about to tear open the town of Caroline, and Anna's life. In the age of cell phones and internet searches, one murder after another baffles Caroline's police when the victims are found sucked dry of their blood. Is it some freak killer impersonating a vampire? Is it, as some of the superstitious residents wonder, a real demon of the night? Paranoia washes over the once-peaceful community. Anna can't stand the sight of the sidelong glances, the new security systems the citizens install, but even she notices the newcomers around town aren't your average tourists. As more people fall victim to the killer, Anna finds herself targeted by paranormal forces outside the bounds of her knowledge. When the Blood Mage strikes, Anna finds herself relying on Wendrick to protect her, though even he cannot stop her from being changed forever.
This story leads us on Anna Ryan's journey through the unknown. Let me start by saying this cover is absolutely beautiful and illustrates a beautiful moment you will come across in reading the book. When I first read it I thought "perfect cover."
Rachel leads us on a wonderful adventure that I think a lot of paranormal fans will appreciate. Admittedly, I had to look up the definition of "mage", but upon learning its definition it became clear that traditional paranormal fans will probably already know what this is. After that, I was able to read forth with more confidence. I bore easily if too much of a book is spent on watching the main character assimilate to their "new life", but I could have stood a little more description in this book. Anna seems to question little. Maybe that's part of her overall gift. On that note, Anna's gift is absolutely wonderful and I kind of wish I had it. ;)
The book is written in the third person, which I typically don't care for, however, Rachel really crawls into each characters soul (quite literally, through Anna) and creates their own thoughts, feelings, and motivations.There were several times I was so engrossed in a certain point of view that I forgot I was reading third person. That said, while the beginning is a tight third person, which clear delineation of who's thoughts were viewing the story through, the author head hops a frequently later on without giving us a signal for who we're "inside" at that moment.
Rachel's prose and descriptions of everyday life and actions is something I even strive for in my own writing. There were several times I said "genius!" in her way to describe something as simple as getting dressed, or an emotional state.
This book is Volume 1 of the series, and I look forward to reading more from Rachel Francis.