Review: Burning Bright: Ivy Granger # 3 by E.J. Stevens

June 26, 2014 Review 0

Review: Burning Bright: Ivy Granger # 3  by E.J. Stevens

Burning down the house...

Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Along came a faerie queen... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.

Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady--with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.

Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.

Title: Burning Bright
Author: E.J. Stevens
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ghost Light, Burning Bright
Published by Sacred Oaks Press
Source: Author
Published: 17 June 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 282
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Stars: five-stars

The fourth in this series I have read, Ivy Granger is developing nicely and learning her limits, as the detective for the ‘others’ in the little town of Harborsmouth she has found that her struggles with her little business are only increasing, much to her dismay.  Her best friend and partner Jinx seems to be fading in front of her eyes, her relationship with the kelpie king Cefyl is progressing as well as one could expect with Ivy’s peculiar inability to touch anyone or thing without receiving images and stories.  The Green Lady is awaiting her two boons, and the city’s Vampire Master has his hand out for one.  Her newly found and lost again father didn’t teach her to rein in her powers, and the humans are wondering if she is causing the fire imps to run amok – things are not looking very positive for poor Ivy.

Stevens has managed to develop Ivy in a way that keeps her fresh and new with each book: she is developing her talents and finding more confidence as she learns about herself and manages to solve / settle supernatural conflicts that seem to crop up repeatedly.  With more of Ceff in this book, we get to see the slowly developing relationship between them, despite Ivy’s issues and concerns, and Ceff’s apparent habit of disappearing without notice, repeatedly.  Jinx is still Ivy’s best and closest friend, and in this story she manages to become a larger issue and her relationship with Forneus the demon with a crush on her has everyone slightly worried.

What I have come to see as Steven’s humor and deft mixing of action, tension and character are all present in this story, with familiar and new supernaturals making appearances all adding to the richness of the world created. Engaging and demanding the reader keep turning the pages, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even as it held a tone that was a touch darker than the earlier books in the series.  This is a fun urban fantasy that works best if you have read the two full-length novels in the series.

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