Series: Dragon's Gift: The Huntress #1
Publisher: Bonnie Doon Press
Date Published: April 6th 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Length: 7 hrs
Audiobook Narrator: Laurel Schroeder
Source: Provided for review through Audiobook Blast/Boom
Description: I’m good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third—but not because I want to be good at hiding. I have to be. I’m a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon’s soul. Being born with the dragon’s covetousness should be a sweet gig - I have the power to find and steal any type of treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals.
But it doesn’t come without a price - stealing powers requires that I kill, and others would destroy me if they discover what I am. In a world full of magic, hiding my species is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only way to pay the bills. It’s a dangerous job when you can barely use your magic, but that’s one of the things I like about it.
When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hired me to find an ancient scroll, I didn’t want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds me of too much of murky memories from a past I can’t remember. But I don’t have a choice. The scroll reveals what I am. And if anyone finds out, I’m dead.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m excited to have gotten a chance to read Ancient Magic because it was just what I needed. A fast-paced, exciting magical romp with kick-ass female characters, and a hot Scot to boot!
Cassie and her friends don’t have memories of their youth but know that someone is out for them and that they are a forbidden entity. Oops. But they’re not horrible people, really! So they’re in hiding, hiding their true nature, just trying to get by without drawing attention their magical abilities too much. Cassie can’t use her powers at all because she is too powerful and things just blow up. But she’s also a super talented seeker of treasures and procures goods for sale in their magical shop. I do love a good magical shop and a fun tomb raiding. And yes, there were plenty of references to Lara Croft in this book.
Then sexy Aidan comes along. I mean, a powerful shifter and a Scottish accent? Sign me up! He hires Cassie to find a scroll, and as it turns out this scroll will out Cassie and her friends for what they are. Uh-oh. So now it’s personal, and she’s out to find it at all costs. But someone else is stealing magical artifacts too, and at every turn, more kicking butt happens and battles ensue. No worries, though, our shifter friend can heal people! Can he get even hotter?
Eventually, Cassie has to start using her magic to save herself or her friends, and we get to see her vulnerable side. The final battle with the lanky of the Monster who seeks them is quite epic and got me curious to see what happens next. Is Cassie going to work on her skills and go after the Monster herself one day? Are they going to keep being in hiding? Only future books will tell.
I’m also very curious to see the relationship develop between Cassie and Aidan. They would be awesome together, and there’s enough tension there to start a fire any day now. Cassie just needs to trust more, which is hard to do when you’ve been running and hiding your entire life.
I also enjoyed the audio of this book. The narration was fun to listen to, and the narrator had a good voice, especially with Aidan’s accent 😉
The first four books of the series are already out, though I don’t know how many are planned. They are pretty short so are a fun taste of paranormal goodness without dragging on. Which, as I said, was exactly what I needed right now.