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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar



Blood, Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (218 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Water Lily

Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.

Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.

Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.

Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe…and win her back. If they both survive.

I love the world of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors. It’s magic in modern Chicago where Titania and Oberon are job titles (think Ambassador to Faery from the Midwestern region of the United States) and witches have a “do no harm” clause.

As an excommunicated witch, Cat shouldn’t even be considered a candidate for the position of Titania, but circumstances align to make her the only choice other than her necromancer father, and everyone knows necromancers are one step from vampire and vampires aren’t allowed in Faery. And this particular necromancer killed her mother. To make it worse, the man/guardian given the task to convince Cat to try for office (and keep her safe through the pre-selection trials) is none other than Cat’s ex-lover and betrayer Alexander Duquesne, Lex. He claims he didn’t intend to get her barred from the witching world, but Cat isn’t buying his protestations or his declarations of love. How can she trust his or the witching council’s sudden about-face?

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors contains all the things I love the best in books, great internal and external tension, quirky or slightly flawed protagonists, great dialogue, and a captivating story line. It also has a wonderful world. I really connected with Cat. She made the type of mistakes I could see myself making in the same circumstances—not that there’s any chance of that, but still...

When I finished Blood, Smoke and Mirror, I immediately Googled Robyn Bachar in search of a sequel or a prequel. None were listed as upcoming, but I’ll be watching. Sign me up for book two.

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