Friday, February 8, 2013

Stronger than Magic by Melinda VanLone

Stronger Than MagicBook Description:
Tarian Xannon fights demons, like the rest of us. This time, the demon just happens to be real.

When Tarian tracks down a petty magical criminal in Philadelphia as a favor for a friend, she ends up fighting with a demon instead. He steals some of her blood during the struggle, which doesn’t seem like a big deal until she learns that he can use it to siphon away her power and subject her to his will. She’ll be nothing more than a puppet in less than a week unless she can find a way to stop him.

This is bad news for her and for the family throne, a magical object she didn’t want to inherit, but now feels pressured to protect. Nothing could stop the demon from killing anyone in his path once he has the throne’s power.

The demon’s attack on her also triggers the Succession Ritual. Tarian must have sex with three or more men in order to produce a child who will carry a blend of their magic, or the throne can be won in battle by anyone. With a demon ready and willing to fight, Tarian has no choice but to follow the rules of succession, even though she thinks the idea is outdated and stupid.

The pressure of family obligations, combined with the loss of her magic, pushes Tarian to rush in when she should plan, and to make deals that have consequences for her and her future child.
She’s not ready to be a mother, or a leader. But Tarian realizes her inner demons are nothing next to the evil which threatens her life and the throne.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  Tarian is a tracker.  She tracks people with her magical abilities and has someone apparently with a plan for her.  On a simple mission, a demon attacks and steals some of her blood.  Now, she has a deadline to find him and remove the hold he has over her.  Add to it she is next in line for the throne and the attack has started a magical clock she has no way to stop, but she can control it in her own way.
Tarian is a great character.  She is strong, independent and loves her family.  Her friends are great.  Alex is strong and capable as is Frankie.  Her sister is amazing in her own way.  The fact that she has to have sex with at least three men before the demon takes control over her body is a nice twist.  The plot really was original and I am ready to see what happens next. 
I rate this a 4/5.  I will definitely be reading the next in the series!
Thank you to MyReadingAddiction for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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