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I like Lindsay Buroker and enjoy her books, but they re outside my usual genre i.e while they often contain romances, those romances aren t ever truly central Even her sci fi romance books written under a penname are a blend with the sci fi as emphasis So I have to be in the right mood for whatever aspect is primary for me to enjoy her books.Fortunately, when I m in the right mood, they almost always hit home Which is the case with this series It s Urban Fantasy which I happen to be in t I like Lindsay Buroker and enjoy her books, but they re outside my usual genre i.e while they often contain romances, those romances aren t ever truly central Even her sci fi romance books written under a penname are a blend with the sci fi as emphasis So I have to be in the right mood for whatever aspect is primary for me to enjoy her books.Fortunately, when I m in the right mood, they almost always hit home Which is the case with this series It s Urban Fantasy which I happen to be in the mood for and there isn t even a hint of romance okay, a very little hint of a reeeaaaly slow burn but since I really liked Val, that worked out very well Val is a little different from your typical UF heroine She s half elven but mostly relies on a collection of trinkets and a few magic weapons to do her thing And her thing is killing magical creatures that prey on humans For the US Army And she s in her early 40s and has a daughter and ex she doesn t ever see because magical creatures hold grudges and don t give her credit that she only takes out the killers and rapists.It s an interesting dynamic and it was fun seeing her struggle with her largely undeserved reputation and feelings of isolation in a job she feels duty honor bound to continue And Zav, the dragon kinda cop she runs afoul of, was an interesting foil and contrast as he judges her for killing instead of his duty to apprehend for rehabilitation an unspecified process that many magical beings apparently flee to our cesspit world to escape But my favorite secondary character was her magical tiger companion, Sindari Their banter was awesome as it becomes clear that he s her only real friend.Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this and give it a full five stars It has a quick pace, wonderful characters, and I definitely want.A complaint about GR and Kindle Highlights Some of the best highlights come from Val s banter with Sindari But those highlights lose both the italics used for telepathic communications and line breaks so they re just confusing when they get to GR It s a shame because there are some great back and forth there that I can t actually share Maybe if I include a note on them I ll try that, but I doubt it comes off as well as it should (((FREE))) ✐ Sinister Magic ↡ I M Val Thorvald, And I M An Assassin When Magical Bad Guys Hurt People, I Take Care Of Them Permanently This Doesn T Make Me Popular With The Rest Of The Magical Community As You Can Tell From The Numerous Break Ins And Assassination Attempts I Ve Endured Over The Years But Thanks To My Half Elven Blood, A Powerful Sword Named Chopper, And A Telepathic Tiger With An Attitude, I Ve Always Been Able To Handle My Problems With Aplomb Maybe Some Cursing And Swearing, Too, But Definitely Aplomb That Changes When My Boss Is Afflicted With A Mysterious Disease, A Government Agent Starts Investigating Me, And A Godforsaken Dragon Shows Up In The Middle Of My Latest Job I Ve Taken Down Vampires, Zombies, And Ogres, But Dragons Are Way, Way Powerful And It Doesn T Look Like This One Is Going To Like Me Worse Than That, He Wants To Use His Magic To Compel Me To Do His Bidding, As If I M Some Weak Minded Minion That S Not Going To Happen I D Die Before Being Some Dragon S Slave But If I Can T Figure Out A Way To Avoid Him, Save My Boss, And Get Rid Of The Government Spook, I M Screwed Or Dead Or Screwed And Dead And That S Never Comfortable Sinister Magic was interesting I love how the novel is straight forward It didn t waste any time in creating predictable suspense. 3.7 starsWhy, oh why does one of my most favorite authors jump on the YA 1st person narration bandwagon It s so sad, I could cry Half elf Val is a government contracted assassin fighting magical criminals When she crosses pass with a dragon on one of her missions, she earns his scorn by killing the magical creature he intended to bring to dragon court.Meanwhile her commanding officer was magical poisoned and is dying Val goes on a quest to find an antidote This story has the main ingredie 3.7 starsWhy, oh why does one of my most favorite authors jump on the YA 1st person narration bandwagon It s so sad, I could cry Half elf Val is a government contracted assassin fighting magical criminals When she crosses pass with a dragon on one of her missions, she earns his scorn by killing the magical creature he intended to bring to dragon court.Meanwhile her commanding officer was magical poisoned and is dying Val goes on a quest to find an antidote This story has the main ingredients that I loved most in Lindsay Buroker s books a strong and confident heroine and an even stronger, yet somewhat hostile male hero awesome Nevertheless, it took methan half into the story until I was hooked Let s face it only when the dragon appeared on the pages, I didn t get distracted by somethinginteresting to do, like dusting my book shelves.Some facts were repeated again and again, as if the reader didn t get the point at least the second time But I was good at this job, better than anyone else around, and with my fast healing and ability to sense magic, I was the ideal person to send after the magical.A lot of the humor was very childish and ill placed, giving it an unreal feeling While Val standing up to the dragon was admirable, at times it was also unbelievably stupid Being told in first person made her also exceptional arrogant However, there were some absolute highlights, like when Val tells Zav during a battle And try to keep them distracted Keep saying arrogant things Zav looked over his shoulder, pinning me with his glare I do not take orders from law breaking mongrels who do not acknowledge the supremacy of dragons Yeah, say stuff like that I gave him a sarcastic thumbs up You re a natural I wished humor would have been reduced to thesescattered highlights.The world building was somewhat incomplete Set in the contemporary real world it was unclear how much humans knew about magical creatures living among them, sometimes it seemed to be common knowledge, other times not so much.When the book picked up in the second half I was ready to forgive some of theannoying parts, and I do have to admit that it is difficult for any book character to compare to the adventures of Amaranthe and Sicarius The Emperor s Edge or Alisa and Leonidas Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker.Pros The dragon character Zav Some kick ass fighting The dragon character Zav The vampire whom I hope to meet again The dragon character Zav Lindsay Buroker s awesome writing when not pre occupied with giving characters quirkiness that is over the top The dragon character Zav A neat wrap up of the storyline with general questions staying open for future books in the series but the plot line of this book being closed.Cons First person narration The humor was, despite some really funny dialogs, often childish and reallythan necessary, and some of the jokes like arrogant dragon talk or irritated tiger talk got old after a while First person narration I found the meetings with the shrink not story enhancing First person narration I actually got downright bored around the meeting time with mom First person narration Does the female hero really have to have asthma This is so weird First person narration.Humor 3 starsGeneral writing style 5 starsStory line idea 5 starsStory line execution 3 starsPlot 3 starsAnnoy factors present 3 stars.Narration 1st person female protagonist s POVMain Location contemporary SeattleRomance none I just saw in reviews that some readers expected romance or at least a slow burning I would expect the dragon character to come to par in future books of the series, but I consider this first and foremost a fantasy novel Great new series by Lindsay Buroker Already grab a copy of second book and can t wait for its release. 2.5 5Readable but predictable and formulaic It had great moments and it doesn t treat itself too seriously I mean, the story s protagonist sleeps and fights with a sword named Chopper and a gun called Fezzik She s six feet tall and can bench pressthan her body weight Accompanied by magical tiger with whom she has nice banter, she kills magical creatures that pose threat to people.All told, it has good moments but it feels too corny to be enjoyable again, a subjective opinion if yo 2.5 5Readable but predictable and formulaic It had great moments and it doesn t treat itself too seriously I mean, the story s protagonist sleeps and fights with a sword named Chopper and a gun called Fezzik She s six feet tall and can bench pressthan her body weight Accompanied by magical tiger with whom she has nice banter, she kills magical creatures that pose threat to people.All told, it has good moments but it feels too corny to be enjoyable again, a subjective opinion if you love the book I m happy for you Really 3.5 stars This was entertaining and a good set up first book for a new series The last series by this author I really clicked with was her Emperor s Edge series which I got the first book back in the heady days when getting free ebooks was a new and awesome thing I loved that series, especially its brand of humor, the world building and the different personalities.I have tried other series by the authors but none worked for me I like this one, it is set in modern day earth that just happens t 3.5 stars This was entertaining and a good set up first book for a new series The last series by this author I really clicked with was her Emperor s Edge series which I got the first book back in the heady days when getting free ebooks was a new and awesome thing I loved that series, especially its brand of humor, the world building and the different personalities.I have tried other series by the authors but none worked for me I like this one, it is set in modern day earth that just happens to have been discovered by other dimensions who have other creatures like dragons, elves, dwarves and vampires They are kinda low key but some see earth as a place with easy prey whereas other see it as a place of sanctuary The main character is Val Thorvald She works for a covert ops branch of the U.S government who is tasked with bringing justice i.e killing with extreme prejudice these non human beings who have harmed humans I liked Val She is older, in her forties She is extremely conscientious about her work she is relentless but only goes after bad guys who have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have hurt or killed humans This also makes her a target and because of it she divorced her husband and walked away from her family, keeping up no contact with them In that sense I found the extreme hatred of her by these non humanoid communities to be rather one note and the one aspect of the storytelling that I found lacking I can get them being wary of her, she is an executioner after all, but the single abiding attitude toward her across all these groups is that she is a quasi Hitler like figure that is a scourge who merrily practices genocide on these people and therefore she must be a target herself at all times no matter what It, imo, is a little overdone and lacks storytelling nuance, imo It would have madesense if there were degrees of attitude toward her ranging from indifference to wariness to fear to hatred to vengeance Nothing has a 100% certitude of attitude across everyone and that just did not ring as authentic here.Outside of that, I really enjoyed everything else I especially liked her budding relationship with the Dragon Lord Zav who comes to earth to capture a wyvern for judgement and rehabilitation But that wyvern is on Val s kill list because it ate some human children No way they are going to get the chance to be rehabilitated That is just her and Zav s first clash they continue throughout the book I like the fact that Zav just really had no time for humans We are roaches to him and Val who is half elf is simply a mongrel who gets in his way He is arrogant and snotty and insulting But Val just doesn t take him as seriously as he takes himself She can t even pronounce his full name tbh, neither could I but she gamely tries, settling on Zav thingy Her failure to be impressed by his importance causes a lot of teeth gnashing on his end Their snarky back and forth mostly from her is fun to read.The book balances good urban fantasy thrills with sharply funny humor very well I take off a bit because it lagged a little in the middle and what I mention above But I am enjoying this and plan continue the series Lindsay Buroker knows how to craft interesting complex yet fun and often utterly cool characters like no other She s also the champ at creating kick a heroines my favorite kind of character That skill is fully on display in her new book, Sinister Magic, the start of her newest series, Death Before Dragons The lead here, half elf assassin Val is an utterly superb, utterly cool and utterly kick a fantastic character Add in a fabulous cast dragon bounty hunter Lord Zavryd really key Lindsay Buroker knows how to craft interesting complex yet fun and often utterly cool characters like no other She s also the champ at creating kick a heroines my favorite kind of character That skill is fully on display in her new book, Sinister Magic, the start of her newest series, Death Before Dragons The lead here, half elf assassin Val is an utterly superb, utterly cool and utterly kick a fantastic character Add in a fabulous cast dragon bounty hunter Lord Zavryd really key to watch in this Urban Fantasy Dragon Series dwarf descendant and telepathic magical tiger sidekicks, plus vampires, zombies, and ogres oh my and totally rockin fantastic plot that s of course the case with this author superbly written The result is drool worthy enjoyment that s left me aching for book 2 andthan delighted to recommend this book 1.Oh, a pro tip extra go to for a great interview with Sindari A truly majestic tiger indeed Originally published at Reading RealityIt s been a while since I ve seen a new urban fantasy series, let alone one that I couldn t wait to dive into Once upon a time, urban fantasy and its kissing cousin paranormal romance were everywhere, but now, not so much.Not that there aren t plenty of existing series that are still going strong, but new ones starting up aren t nearly as prevalent as they used to be And probably will be again, these things go in cycles.But this book looked like catnip to Originally published at Reading RealityIt s been a while since I ve seen a new urban fantasy series, let alone one that I couldn t wait to dive into Once upon a time, urban fantasy and its kissing cousin paranormal romance were everywhere, but now, not so much.Not that there aren t plenty of existing series that are still going strong, but new ones starting up aren t nearly as prevalent as they used to be And probably will be again, these things go in cycles.But this book looked like catnip to me and it certainly was The first book in a new series by a fave author and what looked to be a fascinating take on our world with a kickass heroine as combination tour guide for the reader and bounty hunter for the bad guys, for select definitions of both bad and definitely guys And dragons Or rather one dragon A dragon shifter at that And one with a whole lot of self important, superior asshole attitude that just begs our heroine to poke with a sword and a nasty attitude at every conceivable opportunity.Once you ve met Lord Zavryd, you ll completely understand the attitude.Our heroine is Val, a half elven bounty hunter She s actually a government contractor whose job is to go after the weird and nasty Or at lest the non human weird an nasty Working for the government involves dealing with an entirely different kind of nasty, as Val is reminded when her boss ends up hospitalized and under suspicion of a whole raft of criminal activity that she couldn t possibly have had a hand in.Val and that dragon cross paths over the not yet dead body of a wyvern who snacked on a bunch of kids Val wants the animal put down with extreme prejudice and as much firepower as she can bring to bear which is rather a lot.Zavryd wants to bring the wyvern back to face the Dragon Justice Court That wyvern has been a very bad creature inplaces than just Earth In the ensuing scuffle, argument and outright battle over exactly who has jurisdiction in this case, the wyvern gets dead, Val s Jeep gets tossed into the upper reaches of a tree, and Zavryd decides that Val can pay him back by serving as bait for all of the miscreants who have fled justice and settled on Earth.Even though Val s combination friend, familiar, service animal and bodyguard, the majestic magical tiger Sindari, warns her not to aggravate the dragon, Val can t help herself in the face of his smug, superior attitude and face.Not even when she needs his help and a bit of his blood to save a friend.Escape Rating A I had a hell of a good time with Val and especially Sindari I know he d hate my saying he s just a big pussycat, but he is a very big pussycat As well as a great friend and companion to Val, a deadly warrior in his own right, and extremely majestic Sindari would definitely want me to include the majestic bit.But there were elements of Sinister Magic I wasn t necessarily expecting, some terrific, some a bit disconcerting.I had read that it was kind of a big deal that Val wasn t the usual 20something heroine She s 40 and has the emotional scars to prove it Just not the physical ones As a half elf, she heals faster and looks and feels much younger than her actual years and has the strength to go with that So she s not nearly as much like Marley Jacob from A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark as I would have liked to see.But Val s Seattle and Marley s have a lot in common Complete with denizens of the weird, wacky and extraterrestrial, including a giant monster in Puget Sound The difference is that Marley s monster is a dragon, where Val s dragon is trying to kill her monster, in her case a kraken.The urban fantasy world and hero that Val really reminds me of is Kai Gracen Kai is also half elven, also finds it blessing and curse in equal measure, is also a bounty hunter, and his world has a similar mixture of the magical, the monstrous and the mundane that Val s does So if you like Val you ll probably like Kai as well.They both also deal in a similar line of unrepentant snark The difference is that Kai s isself reflective, where Val s snarkitude draws directly on contemporary pop culture in ways that bring a smile or a groan to the reader, as well as a huff of disgust from that dragon He knows she s backtalking him even when he doesn t get the context.As far as the story goes, this one is a wild ride from beginning to end, even though it does have to let up on the frenetic pace when it deals with the worldbuilding and Val s backstory In spite of this being an alternate version of the contemporary Pacific Northwest, it still take a fair amount of setup to get everything and everyone up to speed This is all necessary to get the series off the ground, but something it does feel like it slows things down a bit too much.YMMVThat being said, I like Val, and I was easily able to feel for where she was coming from on an emotional level, even though suppressing her emotions is the thing causing all the current stress in Val s life I m not completely on board with Val s sudden onset of asthma, not that it couldn t happen, but that it seems psychosomatic if it doesn t turn out to be magic induced and just seemed to be a way to make herphysically vulnerable without really making her vulnerable.And then there s that dragon At this point, I m kind of hoping that this is not being set up as an eventual romance Although if it is the author is going to have to do a ton of heavy lifting to turn Zavryd into a character who could really be Val s romantic partner Not that he isn t tall, dark and sexy when he s not being a dragon, but because at the moment he sees all non dragons as vermin to be ignored or eradicated That s a hell of a lousy place from which to start a relationship So if it happens I hope it s not until a whole lot of water has passed under that particular bridge.But I m all in for this series I like Val and her world, I found her government boss to be a great person, and the government shenanigans provided both comic relief and pathos as the Men in Black turn out to be completely incompetent while Val finds a miracle cure for magically induced cancer I want to see how the rest of the world shakes out in this variation of it.So I m looking forward to reading Battle Bond the minute it becomes available later this month 3.5Magic Dragons A bad ass, weapons toting, sarcastic, confident and competent female lead Yes Sign me up I m really enjoying the start to this new series, and can t wait to see where the story goes my only issue is that everyone really seems to treat the h like crap if they aren t trying to murder her on the spot or that she is annoying them in some way.