Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Firewalker (Stormwalker #2)

Janet Begay's Crossroads Roads has attracted the supernatural from the day it opened. Witches, Changers, and a mouthy magic mirror have decided to make it their home. But a new, dark power is rising--this time inside Janet herself.

Firewalker, by Allyson James, is the second novel in the Stormwalker series. Janet possesses two powers inside her: her Stormwalker gift from her Navajo grandmother and the Beneath magic from her evil goddess mother. Her sexy dragon boyfriend, Mick, knows the terrifying magic can overwhelm Janet at any moment, but he vowed to protect her from the other dragons who want her dead. With Mick set to trial for disobeying the dragon council's official orders, Janet must behave to not rouse suspicion that she's a danger to humankind.

When a mysterious corpse is found near the Crossroads Hotel, Sheriff Nash Jones suspects Janet--after all, her magic is both unstable and powerful. While Janet has an alibi, even she cannot be sure that she didn't commit the crime. Now, both Janet and Mick must investigate who is really responsible for the murder. Before they can do that, Janet must learn how to control her burgeoning powers. If she shows any sign of weakness, the dragons ("firewalkers" in Native American folklore) and supernatural guardians from Native American folklore will come after her with one strike. Her time is running out.

This is another wonderful addition by Allyson James. Filled with mystery, sexy romance, and adventure, he author pushes the protagonist, Janet, to come to terms with her dual powers. Janet has the choice to give up her Beneath magic, but she realizes that it is part of who she is and doing so could kill her. She wins the trust of friends as she faces the biggest decision in her life. The supernatural world also gets more complicated when Janet discovers an evil secret lurking in the community.

If you have the chance, please read the Stormwalker-inspired novella, "Double Hexed", in Hexed. The short story narrates Cassandra's background. It is also highly recommended to read after Firewalker. Stay tuned for the next novel in the Stormwalker series, Shadow Walker.

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