Title: Dog With A Bone
Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.
Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.
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Author: Hailey Edwards
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Hint of Frost, A Feast of Souls, A Time of Dying, A Breath of Winter
Published by Self Published: 31 October 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Urban Fantasy can go so wrong – or as in this case: so very right! The first installment in Hailey Edwards’ Black Dog series, Dog With A Bone is laden with tension, action and keeps readers glued to the pages.
Starting with a bang in the middle of a giant capture the flag game that is serving as the final exam for the Marshall’s programme, we meet Thierry in an action-packed, tension laden, muddy, rainy chase to ascend the tower and grab the flag, all one step ahead of her training master and part-time keeper, Shaw. Brought to ‘shadow’ and train with Thierry, as her magic is deadly to many, her crush and insouciant banter with Shaw are matched by his own concerns and attraction to her, incubus-driven feeding aside.
All new Marshalls are required by the Conclave to serve a period of on the job training, and again, she is paired with Shaw: to the delight of her best friend Mei, and to her own concern. While their first call involves eradicating a Chimera, the case is much deeper than a simple rogue fae, and Shaw and Tee are off and running.
Thierry is wonderful: still insecure and conflicted about her own powers, angry with her father, the executioner for the council on the Fae side, and hurt by her mother’s inability to cope with the fae half of her, she is constantly thinking about her next step, and not being a disappointment. With a solid core of justice for all screaming in her head, Tee is concerned with making things right, or finding answers and solutions.
Shaw has been around longer, and while he admires Thierry’s guts, brains and determination, he is also more attached to her than he should be, and intrigued that she can (and does) see him, even in the midst of his ‘incubus moments’. These two are dancing between a mentor-teacher concerns that she is learning what she needs, while he has an overwhelming alpha reaction to her as a being, without his incubus thrall. Neither is quite sure of the extent of her powers, but she is more than willing to jump into the mouth of danger (literally) to save him, and hopefully others.
Secondary characters are introduced and given solid personalities and defining characteristics, not the least of which is having the worst timing ever in terms of Shaw and Tee actually acting on the palpable sexual tension that is constantly rubbing between them. Oh there are some kisses and some smoldering looks, and an almost there moment interrupted by a high ranking conclave member with an obsession for strawberry-kiwi scented hand sanitizer……
Yes, Hailey Edwards mixes laughter, mythical and fae creatures, snappy dialogue and some incredible life-or-death moments into this start of what promises to be a wonderfully fun series, and wraps it neatly with a long ribbon trailing to the next story.
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About Hailey Edwards:
Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff’s department and her daughter is counting down the days until she’s old enough to audition for American Idol. Her doxie, Black Ilex, helps Hailey write by snoozing in his recliner in her office.
Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.