Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#Review - Wilde Child (Immortal Vegas, #7) by Jenn Stark #Urban Fantasy @jennstark

Series: Immortal Vegas # 7
Format: Kindle, 381 pages
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Publisher: Elewyn Publishing
Source: Amazon
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Come away, O human child...

No matter the job, no matter the client, Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde has only one hard-and-fast rule: protect the children. But the newest strain of technoceutical drugs--specifically designed to alter psychic children's DNA--has thrown the arcane black market into a frenzy. As mistress of the House of Swords, Sara pits the power of her worldwide criminal syndicate against insidious enemies and even more treacherous allies to combat the threat, but it's not enough. To destroy these drugs at their source, she must break her cardinal vow and put a child at risk.

Guided by a boy altered by technoceuticals, Sara races to derail the modernization of an ancient ritual devoted to a malevolent god. Except the children aren't her only responsibility any longer. The Magician of the Arcana Council and her own House demand her focus as the war on magic erupts violently in several hot spots around the globe. Sara's pretty sure things can't get more complicated, until she discovers who is leading one of the other four fabled mortal Houses of Magic...a discovery that brings her face-to-face with the mother she's never known.

Family skeletons just won't stop dancing when you're a Wilde Child.

The seventh installment in author Jenn Stark's Immortal Vegas series Wilde Child, finds Sara Wilde traveling to Iceland to look for an artifact known as Gods Nails, Barcelona where a terrorist attack pushes a group of Revenants into the open, Tokyo where she meets Annika Soo's Sensei, and Mexico City where she finds herself up against a new and dangerous God who Sara has a connection to, and the possibility that an old adversary has returned. Let's not forget that this series is centered in Las Vegas, so there are some scenes there as well.

What's interesting about this story is Sara's new weapons. 
Weapons that really change the dynamics of where the author can go with this series. Weapons that make Sara a dangerous adversary to mess with. What else changes is Sara's acceptance that she in charge of the House of Swords now no matter how hard she has wiggled, and complained about it. Sara hasn't been a happy camper since Annika named her as her heir after Sara dived into hell to rescue a precious item for her. Sara likes her freedom. She likes finding dangerous artifacts, and the thrill of the chase. 

But, with the rising attacks spreading across the world, Sara's house resources may be the only way to figure out who is to blame, and stopping them. Sara may also hold the answer to how to save the Connected children from dying thanks to being test subjects to a new, and dangerous Drug that alters psychic children's DNA. With a large bounty out for her head, a determined group trying to catch her and sell her to the highest bidder, Sara will need all the help she can muster.  

This is a world where the Arcane Council is supposed to maintain the balance in the world. It is also a world that has four magical houses run by Humans. Besides Sara's House of Swords, there's the House of Cups, Pentacles, and Wands. I have to say that I am an admitted fan of this series. Each story gets better, and better. The characters that are added in this story, make for some really brilliant scenes, and some twists that you won't see coming. Let's first talk about Sensei Chichiro who Sara is taken to see by one of her more tolerable Generals. 

Chichiro is a character who will be fun to watch if she plays a larger role in the future. She and Sara have a moment where things get more clearer, literally. There are lots of things that Sara can learn from her, and I hope Sara does the right thing, instead of running away. Sara's role as head of the House of Swords has never much swayed her. Now, she knows better than to ignore her responsibilities. She knows that gathering the houses as a unified front may be the only thing that can win the war on magic. 

Sara's relationship with Armaeus is still solid enough, (in fact he suggests a character contact Sara for help), but there isn't the usual banter that came up in previous installments. Sara, as one of the best finders in the world, has some really solid friends, especially Nikki Dawes, and yes, Nigel Friedman. Her feelings for Detective Brody Rooks has always been a curiosity to me. Would I be wrong in hoping Sara has a moment with Brody?  

Coming up next, Call of the Wilde releases this August.

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