Feature book: Sin’s Dark Caress
This is the third book in this series and Ms O’Hara is building up this world and the characters wonderfully. This is a world filled with parahumans, witches, vampires, shapeshifters and so many people mixing in a world that has coped well for many years since the dark magic of the Brethren was locked away centuries ago. But there are some that have turned to black magic and are doing all they can to help the Dark Brethren escape.
McManus is a detective, one of the city’s best, who has had a very tortured childhood and was scarred badly at the orphanage where he grew up. He is not fond of witches and their magic. He has turned to drink and drugs to keep going but his job does not suffer for it. He is called out to a murder that is very gruesome and needs help with this one. He suspects that magic is involved, and bad magic at that, so he calls in an old friend, Dr Bianca Sin, to help.
Dr Bianca Sin is a thaumaturgist forensic scientist who is also a non-practising witch who has never bonded with a familial (an animal they use as a conduct to pull in thaumaturgic energy for spells). Bianca has never been seen as a normal witch for this reason and uses instruments to help her rather than magic, which is fine by McManus. She works with NYAPS, a team of specialists looking into the trouble of several years ago, and is often called in to help with murders where witchcraft is suspected.
This book does not have a romance as such in it but from a readers’ point of view it does have romantic elements and the sparks between McManus and Bianca are there. You can feel the love they have for each other and they definitely show this in the way they care for each other in many ways.
A great story to read as it moves fast, with lots happening and twists and turns that will keep pulling you in as Bianca finally bonds with a familial, a great dragon named Kendrax, and McManus learns more about his past and what he truly is. I am eager for another book in this series to see what happens between Bianca and McManus and the Dark Brethren and the many characters I have gotten to know through the three books so far. I savoured every word—loved it.
reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.