Jacqueline Huston has no idea what has been happening to her, but it started the night she was attacked by men with strange powers. While mortally wounded in the attack, Jacqueline knows she would have surely died if her husband hadn't thrown himself into the line of fire. But being alive is little comfort when your husband is dead. Ever since that night, Jacqueline has been strangely drawn to death for reasons she doesn't understand. When death is nearby, she can see when it is coming for someone. However, it's her urge to sing when she gets close to dying people that she finds most disturbing. Toby Williams is a wizard and a member of the Brotherhood of Merlyn, an ancient order of powerful wizards. He's been charged by an ancient order of wizards to keep an eye on Jacqueline. Half banshees are rare, and if placed in the wrong hands they can be a powerful weapon. As owner of Merlyn's Bar, a place the lovely Ms. Huston frequents, it seems an easy enough assignment for Toby. When a sinister wizard attempts to kidnap her, Jacqueline learns a frightening truth about her heritage, and her powers. Will she be able to use her powers to save Toby, the man she is falling in love with, or will her powers consumer her, causing her to lose everything she holds dear?
RATING: 4 STARS
REVIEW: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jacqueline is a grieving widow, a year out from the horrific and unexplainable death of her husband.She's having a really hard time with the memories of that night. She finds herself wanting to do even more unexplainable things, like sing through her deepest grieving times. She goes out with one of her friends to a local bar, that apparently they frequent on a weekly basis at least. And that's when the stuff hits the fan.
In only a few hours, she finds out, she is part banshee, the local bar owner is a wizard, there are other wizards, and she needs to die. Personally I think she handles it all pretty well, until the danger goes away, adrenaline wears out, and she completely collapses mentally.
The beginning of the story was a little confusing, a little stumbling to the start. Once you got past it though and into the bar, the book took off. There were parts to it I didn't agree with. Personally, I don't see a grieving widow who obviously loves her late husband, to be kissing or sleeping with someone else at the year anniversary of her husband's death. That's just me.
Overall, it was a great quick read that explored a myth many paranormal books shy away from, a banshee. I hope to read the others in the series as well eventually.
Book 1, The Banshee’s Embrace http://bit.ly/BansheesEmbrace
Book 2, The Banshee’s Desire http://bit.ly/BansheesDesire
Book 3, The Banshee’s Revenge http://bit.ly/BansheesRevenge
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