Today’s post is all about a new adult urban fantasy called Magic Reborn written by Carly Hansen. It is the first in The Peacesmith series by Hansen.
About the Author
Carly Hansen is convinced that when she was born the doctor used a novel to whack her on the bum to make her take her first breath. She’s been lost in the world of fiction ever since she can remember, either devouring books by her favorite authors or scribbling the wild imaginings that pop into her head. She’s kept conjuring up stories, even after growing up and working in the admin department of a not-for-profit organization.
Carly cherishes spending time with her family and is proud to be owned by a very possessive cat and an overly-protective dog (though she suspects the real reason the pooch chases away all those other dogs in the park is so as to not have to share the treats in Carly’s pocket). When not writing, Carly is likely to be found in skis or skates in the winter, or in her swimsuit throughout the rest of the year.
Carly feels humbled and grateful that she gets to share her writings with the world and positively loves to be in touch with readers.
About the book
On the run and disguised as a boy, Fenix Graystone finds sanctuary when a witch opens her home,
arms her with charmed knives, and transforms her into a fearsome fighter. But when an enigmatic vampire overlord arrives seeking help to solve the murders of three young women, Fenix’s new-found peace shatters.
The kidnapping of a fourth girl stirs up strange emotions in Fenix, bringing her illegal magical powers to the surface. But the magic within her points Fenix to suspects too close to the vampire overlord for comfort.
Now she must ally with an enemy she didn’t even know she had if she hopes to rescue the girl and bring the killers to justice—before she becomes their next victim. If you like fast-paced action, strong female leads, and a dreamy love interest, you’ll want to get lost in these pages.
Magic Reborn is the first in The Peacesmith series, a new adult urban fantasy. Hansen lets the details about why the series is called peacesmith trickle through slowly, so the reader isn’t overwhelmed by the revelations. It is a well-paced story with memorable characters.
It is safe to say that magic is the main ingredient of this urban fantasy. More specifically why Fenix feels the need to not only bind, but also try to hide and deny her magical powers. That happens to be easier said than done, because when push comes to shove, magic will out.
Fenix is an interesting choice for a name in a sense that in a way it alludes to her use of powers and rising from the ashes, a wee bit like a phoenix. The title is another tip of the hat in the same direction. She certainly hides well behind the exterior of being a boy or should I say trying to hide. Not everyone is taken in by her disguise. For one thing, she apparently smells really sweet to some supernatural beings, unbeknownst to her of course. Girls are made of sugar and spice don’t you know.
As the story unfolds the reader is taken from the present day to the past. Fenix experiences flashbacks about a traumatic event in her childhood. Now years later when tasked with finding the killers of quite a few young girls she finds the murders are somehow linked to herself.
The author has created a solid basis for this series. There are secrets galore, a handsome and highly irritating vampire, a witch with an affinity for strays and of course the girl with palms as powerful as.. well the problem is no one really knows. Fenix is the classic unknown variable in this magical equation.
I think it’s fair to say Hansen has only just begun and hasn’t hit her literary stride quite yet. I’m certain she will though.