Liquid Fire - Anthony Francis

Dakota Frost is a force to be reckoned with.  Tall, bold, kick-ass, and fiercely protective; she's no-one's damsel.

The world of magic and the supernatural is filled with factions and secrets, and Dakota has had her fill of the complications caused by unwarranted suspicion and infighting.  Even a trip to California with her daughter is complicated by the need to assuage the vampires, mages, and fae that this is a vacation, not a power grab.

Away from home, and out of her official jurisdiction of the nascent Magical Security Council, Dakota is pulled into a magical feud that seems to be targeting her newest flirtation, a fireweaver of notable skill and power.  But what seems like a series of targeted attacks against one woman, are actually a small part of a larger conflict, one that interests mages of all types, and one that involves Dakota directly.

Overall, an enjoyable read.  Quick pacing and good handling of a diverse collection of elements.  My biggest issue may be attributable to the text being a pre-publication copy, but some of the word use is a bit odd (such as referring to "internets").  It's not often that I come across characters with Tourette's, so a main supporting character living with the condition stood out.  I like the different types of magic, with some interesting and distinct forms.  The inclusion of dragons is an added perk.


Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.