Book Review: The Voodoo Killings

The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1)

voodo killingsFor the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner…

For starters, she’s only 27. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.

And then she becomes the target…As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

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Character Interview from Shadow Stalker

Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview Renee Scattergood on my blog (you can read that here). Today I am interviewing the protagonist from her book series, Shadow Stalker.

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Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

My name is Makari. I’m the son of the emperor of the Galvadi. I’m a shadow stalker by birth, but I was not raised on the Dark Isle with the others of my kind.

Where are you from and what is it like there?

I grew up on Nadiria, an island in the far south of the Serpent Isles. It’s not quite a tropical climate, but we do not get snow and it tends to stay fairly warm year round. The winters do get cold, but not unbearably so. Nadiria is the capital of the Galvadi Empire. I admit I haven’t seen much of it since I grew up in an academy from the age of five. Before that my father kept me locked up in a small room in his palace most days. I didn’t see much of Ostara, the city where my father lives and the capital of Nadiria, during my childhood, but judging from what I’ve seen as an adult, I haven’t missed much. It’s an old city and my father does little to keep it from looking run down. Read more

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Character Interview: Marsias from A Thread in the Tangle

Summary of A Thread in the Tangle by Sabrina Flynn:

In a shattered realm where gods breathe and battle, sixteen-year-old Isiilde must find her feet among people who both despise and crave her kind. She trembles on a precipice, caught between the lust of men, the greed of kings, and an eternal struggle for dominance. As three powerful kingdoms vie to own her, the fire in her blood awakens, sparking a cataclysm of events that spiral into disaster. A barbarian, a madman, and a timid nymph are all who stand between light and oblivion.

Cover_singleHello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

Im Marsais.

Is that it?

My dear woman, I’m over two thousand years old. If I told you every name I’ve ever answered to then we could be here for a very long time.

Most people give me a bit more information. Aside from your name, you haven’t told me anything about yourself.

Ah, but a trickle of information can be more telling than a deluge. Silence speaks volumes.

It doesn’t make much sense for an interview.

Precisely. You’ve summed me up perfectly. Read more

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Character Interview: Archos Terrian Stormranger

Today I am interviewing Archos Terrian Stormranger from the book The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series by A.L. Butcher.

chronicles bannerHello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

I am Archos Terrian Stormrager, Lord of Tremellic. I am the Oncoming Storm.

A bit about myself? I am a sorcerer, probably the only Magelord, and certainly the only Skychild who walks this realm these days. Erana is a world of magic, but such magic is dangerous. The Order of Witch-Hunters believe they rule these lands, and the abhor all things magical. My existence is forbidden, but I have allies and wealth and I appear human, my valley is very remote so, at present the Order look for easier targets.

I am old, far older than the non-magical humans and even some of the elves. Although, of course as Passer human mage I have elven blood. At least one of my father’s kin was elven nobility, and my mother? Well that’s a secret you’ll have to discover. Read more

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