Mackenzie Smith has always known that she was different. Growing up as the only human in a pack of rural shapeshifters will do that to you, but then couple it with some mean fighting skills and a fiery temper and you end up with a woman that few will dare to cross. However, when the only father figure in her life is brutally murdered, and the dangerous Brethren with their predatory Lord Alpha come to investigate, Mack has to not only ensure the physical safety of her adopted family by hiding her apparent humanity, she also has to seek the blood-soaked vengeance that she craves.
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EXCERPT from Bloodfire:
My hand finally found what I was looking for when it curved round a cold metal canister. It never to hurt to come fully prepared. I pulled out the hydrogen peroxide, twisting it so the nozzle faced the stone, and sprayed a tiny portion onto the black surface. As soon as the chemical hit the shiny surface it began to foam. It was definitely blood. The curling heat inside me rose higher and my insides felt as if they were starting to burn. The feeling of panic matched the bloodfire but I did my best to push them both back down. Neither would help me right now. I put the stone carefully into a side pouch where it wouldn’t get lost.
The moon continued to shine steadily down, casting shadows amongst the heavy trees. I could hear the distant hooting of a night owl out searching for prey and the skitter of a small animal somewhere nearby. I ignored them all and concentrated on the signs I could see at my feet. There was something else there. Reaching into my pack again, I found my torch, and clicked it on to look closer.
He had been this way. John was light on his feet and left little trace of his presence but I knew him well and knew this area. He’d disturbed the bush to my right, brushing past it as he ran. And judging by the distance between his steps, he’d been running fast, as if something had been after him. I frowned and arced the torch over the area, first close by then further along the path. There was something up ahead. Stepping forward, I tried separately to sense what it might be, but I was no shifter and came up short.
After escaping the claws of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Mack is trying to lead a quiet lonely life in Inverness in rural Scotland, away from anyone who might happen to be a shapeshifter. However, when she lands a job at an old bookstore owned by a mysterious elderly woman who not only has a familiar passion for herbal lore but also seems to know more than she should, Mack ends up caught in a maelstrom between the Ministry of Mages, the Fae and the Brethren.
Now she has to decide between staying hidden and facing the music, as well as confronting her real feelings for the green eyed power of Corrigan himself.
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Mack begins her training at the mages' academy in the hope that, by complying, the stasis spell will be lifted from her old friend, Mrs. Alcoon. However, once there, she finds herself surrounded by unfriendly adults and petulant teenagers, the majority of whom seem determined to see her fail.
Feeling attacked on all fronts, Mack finds it harder and harder to keep a rein on her temper. Forced to attend anger management classes and deal with the predatory attentions of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the shapeshifter world, her emotions start to unravel. But when she comes across a familiar text within the walls of the mages' library, which might just provide the clues she needs to unlock the secrets of her background and her dragon blood, she realises that her problems are only just beginning...
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About the Author:
Helen Harper is an English teacher currently living abroad in Malaysia. As a long time reader of urban fantasy, she finally bit the bullet and began to develop her own series of novels.
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland. "I always loved the escapism provided by those genres," states Helen. "No matter how bad life gets, you can always find a route out, even if only temporarily, in the pages of a good book."
The growth of urban fantasy fascinated her - the mix of reality and fantasy along with strong heroic female characters appealed from the very beginning, and inspired her to write her own.
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I read the first book Bloodfire. I liked it so much that I bought the second book when I was done and I plan to read it ASAP. :-)
Bloodfire is a book that focuses on the Cornwell shifter pack and one member imparticular, Mack. Everyone (including her) thinks she is human. Half of the pack love her in spite of it, some of them are leery of her, and the other ones despise her because they think she is beneath them.
The thing is, Mack is anything but ordinary. She is a fierce, loyal, smart mouthed kick a** heroine. She is a lethal fighter who is better than almost all of the shifters! She can sense things and she can not be compulsed. Her blood heats up and it gives her strength and knowledge. That's why they say she has bloodfire. She has red hair and a fiery temper too!
In this series there is something called the Brethren and they rule over all of the Alphas. They don't usually bother with the packs unless there is a problem. Good thing for Mack because they don't allow humans to know anything about shifters much less live with them. They would kill her if they knew about her.
One day her Alpha shows her something and says they have to call the Brethren because there is trouble coming. Tragedy strikes before they can call. When the brethren gets there she has to try and pretend to be meek and boring so as not to call attention to herself. Try is the operative word! Needless to say, it is much easier to say than do.
The Lord Alpha Corrigan sets his sights on her. I can't wait to see if the two of them will develop a relationship down the road. :-) I hope they do. I also hope that Anton gets his but kicked good!
This book had my favorite things a great plot, good characters, an awesome heroine, action, some mystery, shifters, and a touch of romance. Usually I need more in the romance department but the subtleness of the romance fit perfectly!
If you like urban fantasy, shifters, kick a** heroines, or are just looking for an action filled story, I recommend this one!!!! I'd say this should be a must read for shifter lovers.
I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was fantabulous! I loved it and I am super anxious to read the next one. :-)
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