by Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls #7, Flame #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran's insecurities have driven them apart.
Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.
The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don't come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.
Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . .
After the events in Of Flame and Promise, I could hardly wait to jump into Of Flame and Light the seventh novel in the Weird Girls urban fantasy series by Cecy Robson. When you begin, reading Of Flame and Light the rest of the world will slip away. Action-packed with heart, growth, and supernatural awesomeness it is time to get a little witchy!
While Robson does a wonderful job of recap as the story unfolds, I have to recommend reading the series from the beginning to experience everything from character and relationship growth to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe Region. For my part, I have kept this as spoiler free as possible.
A little time has passed since the previous novel and we find Taran Wird struggling with her new limb. Although mated to Gemini, second in command of the Squaw Valley Were Pack the two are estranged. Her newly acquired limb and magic seem to be clashing and the arm is giving her fits. It was hard to see our kick-ass, snarky diva down and out. Always the fashion queen she does the bare minimum for her sister’s sake. When her arm goes out of control, Aric takes her to the local coven. The events that unfold will have you flipping the pages, laughing, banging your head in frustration and screaming like a banshee.
Taran, Bren, Emme, and Shayna go on a mission to retrieve a witch and end up in a battle to save themselves. Creepy, suspenseful and action packed, Robson’s imagery was stellar. I could almost spell the rot. This adventure ends with Taran acquiring a new pet and having to attend witchy classes.
I absolutely loved time spent within the coven. Potter fans will love this adult version of Hogwarts with classes, spells and more. We meet some of the lesser witches and spend time with the Supreme Witch. Who apparently has to work closely with s certain wolf and this causes Taran all sorts of misery. Sorry, no more details but you all know Taran. Can you see her taking this quietly?
Taran really struggles in Of Flame and Light and our little diva goes through some serious growing pains. Her sisters are there to help but aside from a few scenes, this storyline focuses on Taran, her magic, romance, and growth. Taran makes some observations about Emme and a certain wolf that have me itching for their story. Our favorite vamp makes an appearance and teases us with things yet to come.
Of Flame and Light mixes intense action scenes with humor, character growth, and heart. Robson blended them perfectly creating an ebb and flow to the tale that was addictive. While the story has as much action as previous books, it has a polish that can be attributed to the author’s own growth. I am excited to see where that leads us.
For fans of the series and those just joining, Of Flame and Light was another addictive, heart-stopping edition to the Weird Girls series.
Read an Excerpt
Dirt. All I sense is that and dank heaviness that accompanies a . . . cave? Through the fog taking up residency along my brain, I make out a dim glow.
It takes me a moment to realize it’s coming from my light-saber arm. I push up on my hands, grimacing when my fingers sink into the soil. Yet it’s what I see when I glance up that has me scrambling to my feet.
A lonely hand scuttles by me, chasing after a rat. Oh, but it gets better. I press my back against a dirt wall as a foot hops by, chasing after the hand, that’s chasing after the rat, with a decapitated head rolling —I shit you not—merrily behind them.
It’s like some kind of fucked up nursery rhyme. I don’t want to know the next verse, especially not with the collection of zombies gathering from all sides. These are different from the ones who pulled us onto shore. Their grisly faces are more emaciated and their bodies are in a more advance stage of decomposing. As they shuffle toward me, pieces of their skin fall in small moist clumps.
I hold out my hand. “Stay back.”
They collectively moan.
And move closer.
I grit my teeth, summoning that spark from deep in my core. The dank air seems to enclose around me, giving me a chill and snuffing out my inner heat.
Shit, shit, shit.
On wobbly legs, I slide my back against the dirt wall, my hands out. The zombies gather closer, cocking their heads, their empty sockets mesmerized by the glow of my arm. At first, I think they’re simply curious. But then their short thick tongues push forward, appearing to lick what’s left of their lips.
I jump when another hand scrambles by, its pinky brushing against my foot. My back presses against the dirt wall as I slide against it. I’m not sure where to go. I only know I can’t stay here.
I bang my fists against the wall, trying to stimulate my fire. My left hand doesn’t react, tensing uselessly. But that spark I so need triggers from my right arm, igniting flames along the path of my blue veins only to putter out.
Come on, light.
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*Disclosure: I am currently assisting this author and received my copy for free. However, if you follow my blog you know I am a long time fan and working with her did not influence my opinion.
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