Release Date: June 28, 2011
Shades of Fury #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (304 pages), e-book
We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
Jealousy can be a killer…
As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston’s chief magical investigator, it’s her duty to solve any crimes committed by or against supernaturals.
Months have gone by since Riss discovered some unwelcome truths about her past—and managed to stop a supernatural war. Since then things have been quiet. Too quiet. But that all changes when the bodies of Bastai, shapeshifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston’s magical underbelly—even though the legendary shifters are supposed to have ninety-nine lives.
One common thread ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and Riss’s lover Scott Murphy enjoyed a one-night stand before he and Riss reunited, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open, before the killer’s green-eyed gaze turns in Scott’s direction…
What Gikany & Una are talking about:
Green-Eyed Envy is the second book in the Shades of Fury series. Gikany has read the previous novel, Red-Hot Fury while Una jumped into the series with this novel. That being said, we strongly recommend that you read the first book in the series. Quite a lot of world-building takes place in the first novel and there is quite a bit you should have under your belt before you start Green-Eyed Envy. As Una was reading, she could tell that Green-Eyed Envy deals with some important ramifications of what occurred in the previous novel and there is quite a bit of fury politics (and arcane politics) that are very confusing if you haven’t read the first book. Luckily, Una had Gikany to fill her in (after the fact, sadly, but still) on what she missed in the first book, however, Una looks forward to going back and reading the first book.
The Shades of Fury series follows the fury, Marissa Holloway, who is Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator. She is a fascinating and complex character. This alternate world that Ms. MacKenzie has created is enthralling and her writing style is fairly exciting. In this world, a fury is a powder keg of emotion ready to blow when her Rage is ignited. A member of the Sisterhood of the Furies uses this Rage to fuel her magic. Another tool in a fury’s arsenal are her amphisbaena, which are the serpent tattoos that come to life, similar to a witch’s familiar, to do her bidding. They help to attack, defend, and/or enhance the fury’s senses. This world is very interesting with the different types of arcanes or magical creatures that exist, including shapeshifters, giants, etc.
Green-Eyed Envy is a witty and exciting urban fantasy. The story flows smoothly, however, there are moments when it seems our main character is a tad…not dense but lacking some observational skills. However, we need to cut her a little slack, she does have quite a bit of stress on her plate, which, combined with the jealousy she hasn’t quite gotten over, could make her a little less than on top of her game. Our criminal in this novel was very clever and that truly strengthened the novel. However, the resolution of the main conflict seemed strangely swift and straightforward compared to getting to the true identity of our criminal mastermind. That being said, it is not a large negative to the story. The banter between the characters, the world in general and the overlying plot lines keep the story fresh and engaging.
There are plot lines that begin in this Green-Eyed Envy we assume will be resolved in the next novel. Due to that fact, we highly recommend that you read the series from the beginning. Una is still a little confused as to the politics and groups of Furies. There is available for download on the author’s website is a pdf that gives a very good summary for the groups or you can click HERE. As for Gikany and Una, they look forward to the next novel in this series.
Really enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)