by Helen Harper
Series: Firebrand #1
Narrator: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 7 hours and 48 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.2x
A werewolf killer. A paranormal murder. How many times can Emma Bellamy cheat death?
I’m one placement away from becoming a fully fledged London detective. It’s bad enough that my last assignment before I qualify is with Supernatural Squad. But that’s nothing compared to what happens next.
Brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, I wake up 12 hours later in the morgue - and I’m very much alive. I don’t know how or why it happened. I don’t know who killed me. All I know is that they might try again.
Werewolves are disappearing right, left, and centre.
A mysterious vampire seems intent on following me everywhere I go.
And I have to solve my own vicious killing. Preferably before death comes for me again.
Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper, narrated by Ruth Urquhart, introduces the listener to the Supernatural Squad and protagonist Emma Bellamy. Fresh, action-packed and engaging, I am looking forward to more of the Firebrand series.
Emma is about to finish the last two weeks of her police department training. She has done exceedingly well and expects her next rotation to be in the cyber crime unit, only she ends up assigned to the supernatural squad. The tale that unfolds leads to murder and enlightenment.
Emma knows the basics of the supernatural world and has zero contact, so when she assigned to DC Anthony Brown she is in for some surprises. I loved the setup and how Harper allowed the listener to learn along with Emma. This made the world-building flow smoothly while we got to know the world and characters.
Unfortunately for Emma she ends up dead her first night on the job. She awakens…. yes awakens at the morgue to discover that not only is she alive but it seems her boss is missing and so are some werewolves. Oh, and a vampire is stalking her.
I liked Emma, who grabs the reins to hunt down a killer. She is feisty and has a thing for weapons. Lukas, a vampire, reminds me a bit of an old school detective. He balances out Emma’s personality and I am curious to see their relationship build.
The case was interesting with plenty of twists and the killer took me by surprise. We get closure to the mystery and Harper set up the series nicely.
Ruth Urquhart narrates and captured the voice of Emma and others perfectly. I enjoyed her accent and could listen at a lower speed since she naturally speaks fast.
Fans of urban fantasy with a side of cozy mystery will want to check out Brimstone Bound on audio.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
This sounds very good and your review leaves me all the more tempted. Loved reading your review
Both the author and narrator are new to me. This sounds like something I could sink my fantasy loving teeth in Kim. Thank You
waking up in a morgue is sure not a good way to start a day
Tyler H. Jolley
I love learning the world with the MC. It makes the learning curve so much more enjoyable. Great review, Kimba.
Anne - Books of My Heart
I’ve enjoyed this narrator before also on a Juliet Marillier book. But I have not read this author yet. Fantastic review!