I finished an advanced reading copy of Caged Magic a few days ago but wanted to take some time to think about my review and I have been busy with a crazy work schedule. This book is number five in the Wing Slayer Hunters Series though it happens to be the first one that I’ve been able to read. One of the many things that is great about this book is the fact that it can be read as a standalone so if you’re new to the series like I am, you don’t have to start from the beginning to get into each book. I would recommend starting from the beginning though as I plan to in order to get a better understanding of the series and the other characters mentioned in this book.
Risa once adored her Mom and Dad, was spoiled and cherished. When she learns the truth behind her rich life, her world was turned upside down. She finds herself helping her Dad do things that no woman should ever have to be a part of and doesn’t become free until her Dad is murdered. Instead of following in her Dad’s footsteps, she chose to rise above a terrible situation and to protect women who need to be guarded. Risa is an Earth Witch who knows about the power she can wield and the consequences that have resulted particularly when she was forced to use her wiles and shield magic which caused some of the souls she encountered to become trapped into her shield and they are slowly breaking apart her mind. When her best friend Blythe and her daughter Kendall need her assistance to get away from Kendall’s deadbeat Dad whose name is Archer, she doesn’t realize it until later that Archer is only half human and part demon. Despite having powers, it’s not enough for Risa to be able to protect the two most important people in her life and when something happens to Blythe and Kendall is kidnapped, she vows to do everything to get her Goddaughter back.
Linc is a Wing Slayer Hunter who fights demons, gambles, is seen as a bit of a playboy and doesn’t think that he needs a mate in the sense that his other brethren have but does know that in order to gain the power that he needs to help those under his care, knows that he needs his soul mirror. His soul mirror is the equivalent of a soul mate and meant to complete him and keep him from going to the dark side. Linc was betrayed by his mother has a young teenager and endured things that no young boy should have to go through. He was helpless to stop it from happening and yet chose to rise above his circumstances and become a person that guards others and fights demons. When he first comes across Risa, he doesn’t know her name but knows instantly that he’s his soul mirror and does everything in his power to save her from demons.
Linc and Risa really are a great match because they both had crappy parentage though chose to rise above their circumstances, became amazing human beings and to protect those they care for with their powers instead of using them for evil purposes. Neither judges the other when they come clean about their pasts and as they get to know each other, form a deep bond. Both are reluctant to get into a relationship but neither can resist the pull. Risa will do anything to get her god daughter away from Archer though she lets Linc and his fellow slayers think that Kendall is really her daughter. Linc has a lot of patience, understanding and control in regards to Risa having troubles with being touched due to her past. The more time he spends around Risa, the harder it becomes for him to resist completing the bond that is needed in order to heighten both of their powers. He does earn her trust though and eventually they complete their bond which was quite steamy.
In my opinion, Archer really is a deadbeat Dad. He’s spent most of his life being a spoiled, rich playboy who wants to have fun but doesn’t want to deal with the consequences. When Archer learned he was going to be a Dad, he paid Blythe to keep his name of the birth certificate and until recently, didn’t seem to want anything to do with Kendall until recently. When he learns that he can save his Mom from his deadbeat demon Dad by handing over Kendall, he does everything he can to make that possible including giving into his demon side.
His mom turns out to be a witch that served his Dad and knew what she was getting into. She could have insisted that her son save himself or at least her grandchild but chose to be selfish and get both involved. The only redeeming quality of Archer is that he wanted to save his mom but that’s not much in the grand scheme of things. Kendall is an innocent child who is too young to understand what’s going on and goes through quite the experience. Archer and his mom really are a couple of characters that are easy to dislike.
When Linc learns the truth about the parentage of Kendall, it certainly puts a spin on things as well as the other slayers and left me wondering whether the quest would continue to save the baby from her dead beat Father’s side of the family. I won’t reveal what happened in the aspect because that would be giving away spoilers but it is for sure worth the read.
This book was a page turning mix of action, romance, humor and a tad heartbreak. Initially I was planning to take my time reading this book but after a few pages, found it hard to put down and set aside the other books I was reading because I couldn’t wait to see what next would happen. Risa and Linc make a wonderful couple and I can’t wait to see what next is in store for this couple as well as the other Slayers in the group.
I want to take a moment to thank Jennifer Lyon for allowing me to have an advanced reading copy of Caged Magic. I’m so glad I was able to read it before the release and hope others will enjoy this books as much as I did. Caged Magic is being released today which I’m very excited about and I hope that many people will be able to enjoy it. I’m looking forward to reading the previous books in the series and to see what next Jennifer has up her sleeve for the Wing Slayers.
Books Mentioned and Their Links
Caged Magic by Jennifer Lyon – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25480329-caged-magic?ac=1
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In light of Caged Magic being released tomorrow, this post isn’t going to include the other books that I’m currently reading. I will talk about them in another blog post which will be soon. So be sure to stay tuned and see what next I have on my list.