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June 26, 2017

Review: Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene

Title: Raised in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy #2)
Author: K.F. Breene
Published: May 16, 2017 (Kindle edition, 432 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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It is a common truth in my life that when it rains, it pours. 

The killings that once plagued New Orleans are cropping up again in Seattle. The local office is stumped. I’m called out to lend a fresh set of eyes, and my unique magical touch.

It’s only when I get there that I realize the Seattle office isn’t stumped at all.

They’re being silenced by the Mages’ Guild, a corrupt magical institution that doesn't want word to get out of what is plaguing the city. Worse, news of my magic might’ve slipped down to the underworld, hitting the ears of some extremely powerful demons.

What I thought was a routine murder investigation turns into a fight for my life. With the help of Darius, my stalker elder vampire, and my dual-mage side kicks, I somehow have to dodge the Guild in order to stop one of the most powerful demons I’ve ever encountered. If I don’t? It’ll escape back down below with proof of what I really am.

My life hangs in the balance, and this time, I can't see a way out.




As you've probably realized, I'm a pretty big K.f. Breene fan. I love her story lines, and her fierce and feisty heroines. Reagan is no exception. And with the third and final book in the trilogy coming out in just a little more than a month, I figured I had better get on writing this review. 

When Raised in Fire starts, we learn that someone has been talk talk talking, and news of Reagan's possible parentage and abilities has made its way to the underworld. We meet Agnon, who is referred to as an it, but let's be honest...he's a legit demon. And this guy brings calls an aswang. I put it in italics, because that's what you do. I had to look up what an aswang even was. Now, there are lots of variations of what an aswang is but the gist of it is: An Aswang is a shapeshifting monster in Filipino folklore. And take a gander at these creeps.



Freaky, am I right? The aswang was seriously just a small part of the story, but since I think cryptid's are AWESOME, I just had to talk about it. 

Okay, moving on. So there's some strange murdering going on in Seattle, and Reagan is sent that way to check it out. And since Darius is a little bit stalky, he makes sure to be there with her. There is a little bit of bow chicka wow wow in this part of the story. But trust me, Reagan makes him work for it. I find it a lot of fun that Darius thinks Reagan is perfect, and she's just like-Dude. Stop it. Relax. She's not buying the bs. 

There is quite a lot of action in this part of the story. Of course, Reagan is keeping secrets, because she has to. Some people find out, some people don't. Some suspicions are confirmed, some are denied. Things like that. I imagine Reagan is not going to be able to hide forever, though. Her father is bound to find out that she exists. Guess we'll have to wait until the next book to see what happens with that.


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