Title: The Enchanter’s Flame (The Ellwood Chronicles #1)
Author: Michele Notaro
Publisher: self published
Release Date: August 18, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fantasy
Page Count: 245
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Strange things are happening all around Brinnswick. Things that remind me of a piece of my past I’d rather forget. Girls are being killed, drained of blood, and left with strange markings on their bodies. When I finally connect the cases together, a specialist is called in—though, what he’s a specialist of is beyond me.
When the chief assigns him as my new partner for the case, I can’t help but groan on the inside. Why of all people would I be assigned to Ailin Ellwood? The man is a disaster waiting to happen and a jerk to boot. A sexy jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.
What will Sebastian think when he discovers Ailin’s specialty? Will he make a run for it or will he stick around and discover a world of magic hidden beneath the city’s surface?
***The Enchanter’s Flame is the first book in the Ellwood Chronicles. It’s a paranormal romance that contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 and over.***
Changed my opinion on this one several times during the reading, but never gave up. Conclusion: it’s good story with several spots that were problematic for me. It evened out at the end and I do want to read the sequel, so I count that as a plus.
The world building is interesting, even thought the story begins as a run of the mill urban fantasy with big evil slaying people. Sebastian is detective on the case and while he is not sure why he is partnered with Ailin, he goes along with it. Ailin is prickly and Sebastian is not thrilled with his company.
I was playing catch up several chapters into the story, so arm yourself with patience. Sebastian is in the same boat, because Ailin is keeping secret and their interaction grew progressively weirder. This would be one of my sticking points, because mystery dragged on too long which almost killed my interest in the story. (And what’s with weird pets? Not sure how that helped the plot and it did make things absurd at the time.)
I was also not quite convinced by Ailin and Sebastian’s relationship but it did play nicely with overall plot. It picked up at the end, tipping the story from so-and-so to good one. It leaned too much at tried and trued tropes at times (Sebastian’s erstwhile lover and his death) and it needed little more something to be believable at such points. But this is first book in series so those might be growing pains.
But for lovers of urban fantasy this is promising series.