Saturday, 7 January 2017

Magic Undying

Magic Undying (Dragons Gift: The Seeker #1)

by Linsey Hall

4 out of 5

Waking up in hell was not Del Bellator’s idea of a good time. She’d rather be back on earth, killing demons and hunting down magical treasure for her shop, Ancient Magic.

Turns out that escaping hell is easy—it’s staying out that’s hard. Del’s death magic defies the laws of the supernatural world. Worse—she doesn’t know how to control it. If others learn what she is, it’s guaranteed persecution by the Order of the Magica. And Del already has a deadly and forbidden secret—she shares a soul with a dragon.

Things get sticky when Roarke Fallon, Warden of the Underworld, shows up on her doorstep wanting to drag her back to hell. He’s a one of a kind shifter—the most powerful she’s ever met—and he’s set his sights on her. Helping him catch an escaped demon gives her an opportunity to win her freedom, but only if she teams up with Roarke. She’ll have to use her forbidden magic to get the job done. And that is a recipe for discovery… and disaster.

Magic Undying features a kick butt heroine, a powerful hero, and otherworldly adventure.

Hunted for being a FireSoul, Del thought life was dangerous enough. Now she has to deal with some deadly new powers, and her own Grim Reaper trying to drag her back to hell.
I received a free copy in return for an honest review.
First of all - yes, this is the first in The Seeker's series, but this CANNOT be read before The Huntress series.
The story moves along somewhat independently, but there is a lot of background information that is established in the previous books, and this should be read as no. 6 in the Dragon's Gift series.
Oh yeah, and there's a huge effing spoiler about the end of Infinite Magic, so you have been warned.

We finally get a book from Del's perspective, and I was relieved that it picks up the Dragon's Gift story where the last book left off (I always find rehashes of the same story from a different perspective a little tedious - you already know where it's going. So I was happy this as covering new ground).
After dying, Del finds herself in hell, and she resolves not to stay there. She uses her unique magic to escape and becomes the first person in history to return to the land of the living.
But the Warden of the Underworld isn't happy, and personally tracks her down, and get her back to hell.
The plot is all about Del, and her quest, which takes us to new magical locations, and new dangers. I was so pleased that Del was getting a fully-fleshed adventure, rather than being the pawn that moves the Dragon's Gift along.

Our main characters are pretty awesome. Del is a sword-wield, demon-hunting magica with the ability to become a phantom. The warden, Roarke, is a were-demon with enough power to make the kings of hell back down and obey. They are a very good match and... you can see where this is going.
As happy as I was for Del to get a love interest and be centre-stage of this story, it does feel like an echo of what's already happened between Cass and Aidan. The male character is another rich, super-powerful being; they keep a professional distance whilst growing emotionally closer; there's the inevitable secret-keeping, because no-one can know that Del is a FireSoul. But if you can overlook all that, it's still a very enjoyable story and well worth reading.

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