Natalie Severin hates magic. She knows the dangers of magic better than most, for it has cost her everything and everyone she holds dear. As a reporter for New Orleans News Eye (NONE), she senses a story behind veterinarian Ram Montgomery. After all, she's sure she saw him magically heal a dog viciously attacked by AX and his henchmen. Has Natalie uncovered an exotic animal smuggling ring? Or is there some deeper, nefarious plot behind everything? What part does Ram have in the scheme of things? Natalie will have to put her fear of magic aside and work with Ram if she hopes to find the truth.
PHOENIX UNRISEN is being marketed as a romantic suspense, but paranormal fans will enjoy the magical elements of this tale as well. Kathleen Nance offers readers the perfect fusion of these two popular genres with this fascinating and intriguing tale.
The mysteries of PHOENIX UNRISEN gradually unfold as Natalie follows up on a tip from an informant. The clues are all there to figure out where the story is going. However, Kathleen Nance keeps you so entranced with the hauntingly eerie atmosphere and the suspenseful tension, that little time is spent figuring out the surprise ending. Some of her very vividly described images sent shivers down my spine! And what clever twists and turns Ms. Nance takes with the conclusion of PHOENIX UNRISEN.
Readers are taken on a headlong plunge into a dangerously compelling world in which all of Natalie's beliefs will be challenged. Natalie has had some hard knocks recently and her determination and willingness to keep fighting are admirable. She is the ideal character for a story set in New Orleans, post-Katrina, as her struggles mirror those of the city itself.
PHOENIX UNRISEN is a darkly gripping tale that begs to be read in one sitting. My only hesitations while reading it were surrounding the role of AX and his oddly named cohorts, Kracker and Dawglip. As the storyline unveils, all becomes clear. PHOENIX UNRISEN is simply riveting! Once again, Kathleen Nance has a winner on her hands with this one.
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES