Title: Umbra Magic (Andromeda Bochs Book 2)
Author: Christina Herlyn
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
The monster in her soul wants total control, but the thunderbird who holds her heart won’t let her give up without a desert showdown.
It’s been six weeks since Andee Bochs consumed the magic of an Ancient and dropped his shriveled, thousand-year-old body at her feet. No matter that he’d tried to kill her first—her shadow magic terrifies her. She doesn’t understand it, and she can’t always control it. Even worse, the power comes from a monster in her soul who doesn’t like his hostess.
When her friend Mac needs a bodyguard in the Texhoma Desert, Andee welcomes the distraction. Bonus, there are shadow mages there who can help her wield magic like a pro instead of a toddler with a light-up sword. But Andee’s problems multiply in the desert, and the mages aren’t helpful. A worried Mac calls in the man Andee prefers to avoid, Josiah Hightower.
Andee has declared the sexy thunderbird off limits but her body has other ideas, and she likes how it thinks. Josiah’s magic is meant to battle her shadow monster. But he’s vowed not to hurt her—because of principle or affection, Andee may never know, for the next time she loses control will be her last.
Praise for Evolutionary Magic, Andromeda Bochs Book One – “Now that is a book that will appeal to just about everyone! . . . If you want to read a fantastic book of magic, monsters, heroes, and villains, buy Evolutionary Magic.” – N.N. Light’s Book Heaven Review
This book is for all of us readers who were left wondering what happened to Andee after she ended up in the forest at the end of book one. It doesn't take long for us to find out. Andee has been busy, and the world is a very dangerous place.
If there is a core message here, it may be that the greatest danger may be within your own self. This book is nonstop action. This is edge-of-your-seat thriller time. The tension continues to build as the inevitable climax gets closer and closer. Here, the table is further set for what will be an amazing conclusion.
The main issues to figure out are: Can Andee find herself and be happy? What is the relationship with Josiah and where is it going? Will they be able to overcome the seemingly long odds facing them? Will Andee ever get dragon goo out of her hair?
A terrific follow-up to a superb first book. Recommended to every fan of this series. Recommended to every reader of books about magic and monsters.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Christina grew up in Texas and Oklahoma but now lives in the Midwest where she earned a History degree from William Jewell College. She writes fantasy because dragons and witches wouldn't stay out of the perfectly normal historical novel she tried to write. Christina hates to read. (Ha! Just checking your attention span.) She worships the sun and exercises just enough to avoid being the first casualty in a zombie apocalypse. Her husband and three kids probably know she's a writer, but don't ask them to name her books. To be fair, don't ask her the names of her husband and children while she's writing.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N