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Crescent City Fae – Book One
by Deanna Chase
Review by d c mallory
4 out of 5 stars
Have you ever wondered how the world would be if the supernatural species were out of the closet? Have you wondered how they would police their own kind, since they would obviously be more than the human police could handle? And how would all the different species interact with one another?
In this book, Influential Magic, which is the first book in a new series called Crescent City Fae, Deanna Chase gives us her views on this subject.
This book is not young adult, but I would think it could be read by anyone sixteen years and older. It is in the Urban Fantasy genre.
I was first introduced to Deanna Chase and her writing though the Jade Calhoun series. While both of these series deal with supernatural creatures in New Orleans, this book’s main topic are the Fae. While I enjoy the Jade Calhoun series, I believe the Crescent City Fae will be the better series of the two.
With the supernaturals falling under an entity known as the “Arcane,” and the Vampires holding the upper hand of all the races, there is friction created right off the bat. Throw in a Fae woman who was gifted above her fellows in senses dealing with the Arcane, an old murder dealing with her twin brother, and a twisted plot filled with betrayal and deceit from all parties involved, and you have Influential Magic. And, of course, we must not leave out the form-shifting Shih Tzu.
There were several different goals in this book that the author had to try to successfully meet. As in any book of this nature, the characters and the individual plots were all woven together to become a sort of gestalt in the sense that one could not have existed without the other; all the individual pieces made up the whole of the story.
We first have to deal with the love triangle that comes into play shortly into the book. The two men, Talisen – her murdered brother’s best friend, and David, her ex-lover who was turned while she was away, are introduced early in the first chapter, and as the story progresses the fact that both of the men are interested in her becomes plainly clear. As with any love scenario of this sort, both men have to have pros and cons as far as the intended is concerned, and that is certainly the case here. In the end, the triangle is sorted out, if not completely, at least enough for Willow, our heroine, to set her course by.
The Arcane, the organization that Willow works part time for, is at the heart of the conspiracy on the direction Willow’s life takes. It is obvious that there are many things involved that are out of the ordinary, and shouldn’t be happening. One example of this is the partnering of Willow – a member of the Fae, with a Vampire. This was never done, and it spoke of dangerous things to come. On top of this, a sort of Vampire-mob family, run by a master by the name of Eadric, claims to want to protect Willow from the circumstances that are gathering against her to end her existence. Eadric also has a sort of pull over the Arcane organization, and is able to get them to do things that should not be allowed to happen. Deanna successfully blends these separate issues together so they they all end up interacting in such a way that the reader finds it believable.
The world Deanna weaves is plausible, and since the story takes place in New Orleans, she can mix in the down-home Southern idiosyncrasies along with the actual quirks of the city, throwing in the local landmarks to make the story and it’s inhabitants all seem credible.
In conclusion, I would just like to say that, in my opinion, the story was well thought out and well written. The characters were fleshed out in such a way that they did not seem superficial, and the location of the story was good. All of the characters were depicted in such a way that the good guys were good, the questionable were iffy, and the bad were bad – or were they?
This is a fun read, and one that most of us who love the Urban Fantasy genre would be more than satisfied with reading. Whether or not I’m right in my assumption that this will be the better of her two series is conjecture on my part; you’ll have to read both series to decide for yourself on if I’m right or wrong. I, for one, look forward to the second book of the series, coming out in October of 2013.
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Oh boy. Apparently I've done something right lately. Or maybe Luck/Fate decided I needed some cheering up, because seriously - whichever book I decide to read at the moment is more than just a great read. Influential magic is one of those. To tell you the truth; please keep it that way!! Promise to behave if you do! :-)
We are thrown into the story right when Willow is about to leave her mother and go back to New Orleans, her childhood friend Talisen is saying goodbye to her in the airport. There's always been a spark between Talisen and Willow, but neither has responded to it, mainly out of respect for Beau's (Willow's twin brothers) memory. And to be frank, Willow likes Talisen (a lot), but she's seen what kind of playboy he is, never keeping anything serious with a girl, and she don't want (or need) to get her heart broken like that. Besides, she's barely over David - her latest boyfriend, who didn't even have the courage to end it with her face-to-face, but texted her. Yup, ladies - you read right. He TEXTED her. And they dated for a YEAR. What a guy, huh?
It turns out David have a very good reason for doing that to Willow, but that's a different story. Anyways... When Willow comes back home, she is instantly thrown into a mission to help her partner (BFF & roommate), Phoebe tracking down a vampire. Turns out, the vampire wants something neither of them contemplated; Willow. And all this puts things into motion; losing her partner (Phoebe), gaining a new one (her ex, David), stepping into vampire territory (due to work) and trying to negate the treacherous waters of two gorgeous men, vampires, politics and her own handiwork from her bakery. Sometimes all a girl need is a five minute break to think. Just once in a while.
As I stated earlier, I'm on a roll with good books, Influential Magic not being an exception. I had a seriously rough time putting it down, it took me for such a spin. Just when you thought you had something figured out - another curveball came flying out of nowhere and you were left standing somewhere entirely else than you thought.
The whole David/vampire & Talisen/Fae dilemma was wonderful. Especially since something very unexpected happens to David, but I can honestly tell you; it was the right thing that happened in the end - for me anyway. Well, technically for Willow - but you get my point.
This book was (to me), a delicious read, spiced with twists and turns and enough drama to keep me on the edge - and falling over a few times. I loved it and would recommend it in a heartbeat. Willows personality, her belief in the greater good in people, David's "betrayal", Talin's protectiveness, Phoebe's open mouthed "Do I look like I give a damn?" attitude, all came together nicely and created a tale I want to go back to, more than once.
Deanna has created a wonderful story and I can't wait to read more about Willow, Link (her pup), Phoebe, David and Talisen. Wonderful read!