Thursday, December 10, 2015

#Thursday Review - Hexomancy by Michael R. Underwood (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Ree Reyes # 3
Format: E-Galley, 336 pages
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.

Hexomancy is author Michael R. Underwood's third novel in the Ree Reyes series. Hexomancy follows up directly after the events from Attack the Geek. Ree is a Geekomancer, or, one who draws powers from Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in order to gain her powers. She's a pretty powerful Geekomancer in that she understands how to use Genre emulation to her benefit. She has pretty much named herself as protector of Pearson's which puts her on the front lines of everything that threatens her friends. 

As the story begins, Ree is due in court to testify against a deranged Hexomancer named Lucretia d'Fete who is responsible for several deaths, and major destruction to Ree's place of employment Grognard's. With Lucretia's written acknowledgment that she is in fact, guilty of the crimes she's been charged with, you would think Ree's life would be a bit easier. You would think wrong. After all, this is Ree Reyes the one who willingly rushes into danger with her trusty light-saber and phaser!

Hexomancy is another action filled adventure with plenty of sarcasm, humor, mischief and romance. Ree has definitely stepped up her game since learning of her abilities, and the supposed fate of her mother Branwen Nic Catrin. I do like the fact that Ree has to face several different challenges. In fact, I can tell you that she faces not only Lucretia in a deathmatch to prove or disprove her innocence, but three Strega's, call them the sisters of Fate, who are more powerful that the next one. 

I liked that Ree and Eastwood end up in a good place. After the bickering, and his idiocy in trying to get her mother/his lover back from the Duke of Pwn, Ree still considers him her mentor and stands alongside him even though fate has foretold his imminent death. I like that Ree finally tells her friends the Rhyming Ladies (Anya, Sandra, & Priya) about what she's been doing over the past year. I like Ree's relationship with the gamers at Grognard's as well as the respect that Grognard and Ree have for each other. 

So, according to the author, Hexomancy is the end of a major story ARC, but not the ending of the series. Good news. Unfortunately, he seems to be stepping away from the series for awhile, and has not indicated when he will return to Ree and her adventures. Sad News. The fate of her mother has been revealed, and removed from over Ree's head. Good News. Ree and a certain interdimensional traveler finally get together and all I have to say is, It's ABOUT DAMN TIME! 

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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