Series: Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer #2
Madison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, including the dark secret haunting his past.
But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region.
As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames.
Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A FISTFUL OF FIRE is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action.
Madison, as a character, doesn't grow that much, but she's still funny and entertaining. I think I'll always love snarky characters, and she has the right balance of snark, preservation, and self-deprecating humor. She manages to give me more than one laugh-out-loud moment. Made me think of a female Harry Dresden.
The story did seem to go to all different lengths. First there was the book (Val), who acts as a knowledgeable, scribbling sidekick, and then the pooka, which comes in later in the book. It felt a little long and for a lot of things to be coming at her at once, but then again, I was really enjoying the ride. I liked how she dealt with it and how it had the potential to shape her as an Enforcer. Have to face new foes we were also given a better glimpse into the politics of enforcers, and the CIA, which I really enjoyed.
The love life angle is in the background, and focuses a lot of the action and Madison's new duties. I'm always a fan of when the story takes the forefront and the romance takes a bit of a backseat. It's like a bonus to the story rather than the central point.
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Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.
On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.
When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.
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