Bring on the Magic: Dark Dealings by Kim Knox

There are monsters in the city. And one of them is her...

Ava Kalle's empty soul devours magic. And her hunger is deadly. She's sharp, quick and can live in shadow, making her work as a spy for the Mages a natural choice. She lives on the fringes of society and likes it that way.When the man she loves takes another woman for his mate, the darkness in her heart unravels and she'll do anything to get him back. She makes a dangerous deal with a fire elemental, Heyerdar, who has a vested interest in agreeing: together they'll use forbidden magic, harnessing their sexual energy to drive the couple apart.But soon their pact pushes them both into a dark sexual obsession. One that Ava may not be able to control (Book blurb from Carina Press)

Oh Dark Dealings how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Lets see I have Ava Kalle, called a thief, an empty soul ready to devour magic and flesh to fill that emptiness but holds a tight rein on what her nature is. Yet she loves Reist, the high mage who took her in but seems not to return her feelings.  Then there is Heyerdar, an elemental, whose magic springs forth from the earth and is as golden as the sun that brings him more strength. The Plot sounds simple enough, Ava wants Reist, Reist has taken Fallon from Heyerdar, Ava and Heyerdar team up to get the one they want.  But then they also get to solve murders, scheming plots and Ava's origins, at the same time steaming up the bedroom and the hallway and the library just to get the ones they want back or so they say.  Kim Knox has done really well with the world building and it doesn't really leave you hanging so the novel stands well as a one off book rather than a series.  The story really works for me, there was no doubt that if you did not understand where the heroine Ava was coming from you would think her character someone not deserving of happiness at times.  While Heyerdar remains mysterious and arrogant, crude to our Ava.  Characters that most will be unable to empathize with and yet the author has made me root for them in the end.  At the beginning however, the reader gets the impression that she should know what the fantasy world is all about.  There is no gradual world building, some facts are explained during the course of the story but there are moments when you get some confusion.  Still the pace of the story is fast and compact concluding to a finish that most people would say "I knew it" with a happy expression.  Also magic is tackled in a different light than what is usual in this subgenre of the paranormal.

Those that enjoy paranormal romances-fantasy genre with a twist Kim Knox's Dark Dealings is definitely for you.

Title: Dark Dealings
Author: Kim Knox
Published: November 26, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨ (characters and the take on magic with a twist make this a very good read)