Zebra, Jul 3 2012, $6.99
Banished by her fae fire peers for refusing to marry her fiancé Ferrol Grey, Kaye Brand was fifteen when she left her Mage house. She became a mercenary to survive selling her talent to show customers the future in flames for a sizable fee. Angel of the Order Jack Bastian loathes magical sellers like Kaye, branding her and others like her as prostitutes.
Thus he is irate with himself for hiring this beautiful female abomination though his cause to prevent a Mage war plunging the world into the Shadow is just. He needs information on Ferrol Grey who is instrumental in the hostilities between the Order and the mages and she is the best chance to obtain it. However, to his chagrin he is attracted to someone who he considers taboo and worse placed the mage he loves in the crosshairs of the dispute.
The latest Shadow romantic fantasy (see Shadowman, Shadow Fall and Shadow Bound) is a superb tale that hooks the audience with the introduction to Kaye in the prologue. The exciting storyline is filled with action and plenty of danger as the lead couple struggle to prevent the war and restrain their desire for one another. Readers will relish this strong thriller wondering whether fire melts the ice, the frozen puts out the flame, or love merges them into hot ice.