Tuesday, May 28, 2019

#Review - The Hallowed Knight by Jenn Stark #Urban #Fantasy #Romance

Series: Wilde Justice # 3
Format: E-Galley, 350 pages
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Publisher: Elewyn Publishing
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance

The world is full of magical things...

With a day job that requires her to hunt down psychics who use their metaphysical gifts as weapons, Tarot-reading Justice of the Arcana Council Sara Wilde has no time for fairy tales. So when her newest case pleads for her assistance against brownies, sprites, and pixie dust, she's more than ready to file it under "not a chance."

But these Neo-Celts mean business, with a boldly charismatic leader who vows to return the world to the iron-fisted rule of the ancient gods. That plan infuriates the fiercest member of the Arcana Council, Death, whose deep Irish roots hide more secrets than Sara ever realized, and draws the focus of the dark-eyed, seductive Magician, deftly weaving his ever more twisted schemes.

At the Council's behest, Sara plunges headlong into Irish folklore, fantasy, and the very real, very frightening truth of the spaces between worlds, where the darkest memories go to hide... Memories that could upend everything Sara's finally claimed as her own.

Travelers beware! The fairies will all come out to play when you chase The Hallowed Knight.

The Hallowed Knight is the third installment in author Jenn Stark's Wilde Justice series. The story picks up 5 months after Tarot-card reading Sara Wilde helped defeat a God which has lead to a major influx of magic. Sara is now Justice of the Arcana Council. The first Justice in 200 years. As the first Justice of the Arcana Council in two hundred years, Sara Wilde is tasked with taking out the most dangerous magic-wielding criminals on the planet. But, can she stand against Irish folklore and attempts to bring back old gods?

I'd like to point out that if you have not read the original Immortal Vegas series, especially Wilde Fire, than you really should. The reason is that events that happened in that series now resonant in everything that Sara and the Council does. While the Council is supposed to stand for balance, so far they haven't actually done anything that impressive. In this newest installment, Sara has her work cut out for her. After being contacted by a curious source, Sara finds herself dragged in conflict between Neo-Celts and spectral opposition warriors.

Rumors of a so called Green Knight or Hallowed Knight are spreading among the so called Connected. He is said to be a Druid blessed by ancient Gods to do their bidding. After her best friend Nikki Dawes is targeted, Sara is sent by the Council along with Simon (Arcana's Fool) to Ireland to take charge of the problem and solve it quickly before legendary Fomorians, supernatural race of Irish Myth, and opponents of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the other supernatural race in Irish mythology, find a way through old passageways into this world.

The best part of this story for me, was getting to know the mysterious Death better. There were, and are still a bunch of questions about her, but to gain a glimpse into her past, and what she is capable of doing, and who she once was, was enlightening. So, yes, there is the usual banter and sexy times with the Magician and Sara, and yes, the Devil has enough story time to keep things entertaining as well. The most interesting part of this new series is seeing an entirely different side of Sara. Yes, she does need training. But, she also some impressive powers which makes me curious what else she can do. 

I give you a fair warning. As a prerequisite of reading this story, the author has ask reviewers not to spoil what happens in this book, especially to certain characters, and how the book ends. So, I say to you who have read this series but who have not read this book yet. BEWARE for there will be an ending that you won't forget any time soon. 


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