A Dirk and Steele Novel,
This review is from: Within the Flames: A Dirk & Steele Novel (Dirk & Steele Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
Eddie's life turned around when he joined the Dirk & Steele Agency. The former car thief is a pyrokinetic who sometimes still loses control of his fire. He has recently learned that the man who had killed his little sister has been released from prison. Eddie would enjoy nothing more than to crush the life from the man. But dealing with Swint will have to wait, because Eddie has an urgent assignment. Eddie must travel to New York City to find and protect Lyssa Andreanos from those who hunt her.
Lyssa is the last of her shape-shifting kind. The dragon within her sleeps, waiting for the day Lyssa kills for the first time. Lyssa has been on the run from the Cruor Venator for ten years. That was when the Cruor Venator murdered her family. The Cruor Venator are Blood Hunters. Witches who steal power from blood. Lyssa's dragon blood would give the ultimate power boost. Like Eddie, fire is Lyssa's weapon. But she refuses to give in to her dark urges. She wears long sleeves and gloves to conceal the red dragon-scales down her right arm and the golden claw where her right hand should have been.
When Eddie finds her, Lyssa wants nothing to do with him. But the stubborn and tenacious man refuses to budge. He was sent to protect her and nothing would stop him from doing so. Lyssa finally understands that after a decade of hiding, it is time to fight and die. Or fight and kill. And Eddie will do anything he has to in order to stand by her side.
**** FOUR STARS! Do not worry if you have never read a Dirk & Steele novel. The agency is only mentioned in passing. This is a stand-along story that focuses on Eddie and Lyssa. As the reader, I watched as Lyssa went from the prey to the hunter. She went from constantly hiding and depending upon no one, to letting herself trust someone (Eddie) and fighting to protect the few people that she considered friends. The author, in no way, made Lyssa sound weak. The character of Lyssa has a strong spine for the entire story. But the author did put Lyssa's back to the wall and forced her to consider ideas outside of her comfort zone.
With this story, Marjorie M. Liu proves why her name is often seen on the best seller lists. Action, suspense, drama, and magic overflow in this fast paced tale. The danger and intrigue is almost nonstop. If nothing else, I have learned that there is nothing mundane about a story written by Marjorie M. Liu. Fantastic! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.