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Monday, January 10, 2011

Master of Smoke by Angela Knight

Master of Smoke by Angela Knight
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (280 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Review by: Xeranthemum

After being attacked by a werewolf, Beth Roman is now able to shift into one. Luckily she saves a handsome shapeshifter from a similar attack. Beth does not know his true identity as Smoke, a Sidhe warrior. His attacker was Warlock, the magic-imbued leader of a cult of werewolf assassins trained to destroy all others. As a war ignites between all the immortals in the Mageverse, Beth and Smoke will need more than their love for each other to survive.

Holy smokes, this book kept me on the edge of my seat and it was so exciting to read that I couldn’t put it down!

First off, Ms. Knight is a riot. I found so many reasons to grin during this very thrilling book due to her quips from Monty Python. The author threw in other references to pop culture that totally livened up and made the heroine a blast to read about and easier to relate to. I mean Eva’s sense of humor even when the chips were down had me liking her as a person and I would feel confident if such a person were in my corner when life’s hard knocks sounded on my door.

The relationship between Eva and Smoke/David/Cat was simply fabulous. When Eva made the quip about Stargate, it was exactly what crossed my mind and I thought that was so cool. I snickered about the part where stress sent her into the kitchen. I giggled when Cat turned cat and the resulting dialogue from Eva had me smiling from the cleverness of it all. I enjoyed the family relationship that Eva had with her parents and I laughed out loud any time her father’s geekiness peppered the story. It was so positive and upbeat even when things are spiraling out of control into nastiness.

David is a delightfully complicated man or whatever he is. A reader gets the real lowdown of what he sort of is and I was utterly fascinated. Despite his power and abilities, he needs love just like anyone else and it’s that spark of vulnerability that made his character relatable and oh, so easy to like. He’s no slouch in the bedroom, or on the beach or anywhere else he could have Eva. In fact, this is a very well balanced story between sheet action and just plain old suspense and adventure with plenty of intriguing plot to satisfy the seekers of meaty romantic suspense.

Another thing I liked about Master of Smoke was the repeat characters, like Arthur and Gwen. I also liked the sub-story between Belle and Tristan. I just know that Ms. Knight is setting them up for something but as to what, I can’t wait to find out. As it is, they played a substantial supporting role in assisting Eva and David and it was riveting. There is even another sub-plot that is being set up in this book for a future adventure but I can’t even begin to guess who will be the unlucky vampire to get stuck with that challenge. It’s going to be a doozy.

As for the villains, there is one main one with his underlings doing horrid things because they’re just as demented as he is, though not as powerful. Warlock is a convincing villain and a powerful one. The battle was gripping and well written because I could visualize it in my head. I’d love to see that on T.V. I bet the effects would be awesome. All the bad guys deserve no mercy and readers will totally agree once they read this book.

There are amazing twists and exciting turns in this tale that makes Master of Smoke one of the best books in the Mageverse series to date. This book satisfied me on so many levels and it made the romance reader in me extremely happy. I’m so glad Smoke finally got his happily ever after.
It’s been a wild and furry ride and I can’t wait until the next book.

Ms. Knight has done it again; readers of this series are going to be so happy because Master of Smoke has everything that they’ve come to expect from this talented author, plus more. I had such a good time reading this, I hated for it to end. More please.

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