Rating: I LOVED IT
Series: World on Fire #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
IndieBound • Amazon •
Book Blurb: A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven's Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to find out what is happening. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she's ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.
She rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she's forced to protect him, which is easy, and also trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven's Peak. Trust, however, is considerably more difficult for someone who grew up living on the knife's edge of danger.
Can they discover the cause of the town's insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?
I was pleasantly surprised by this read. For me, paranormal/urban fantasy misses more times than it hits. This one hit.
It basically follows two characters’ PoV which changes often but always at a break so there’s no head hopping from one paragraph to the other, thank goodness! It keeps the read fast, and the changes pick up right after the other, giving you an insight into each characters’ thoughts.
The plot follows these two characters—Abigail and Haatim—as circumstances force them to join each other’s company. Abigail needs to protect Haatim, whose beginning danger ends extremely anticlimactically. Then Abigail gets sent on a mission, and she can’t leave Haatim behind, so she takes him with her. Bad things happen, and it’s up to our protagonists to fix it.
With urban fantasy, there’s no new world to explore, so the story relies heavily on the characters and plot. I’m not a fan of ghosts, or vampires, or werewolves, but I am a fan of demons. I like how much fun an author can have with them. They’re evil. They do horrible things for the fun of it. It makes it easy to root for the good guys. This was no different.
As for the characters, I didn’t find them as deep as I would normally like, but they definitely held their own. Abigail is badass, Haatim is just being exposed to this horrible side of the world, and I think Cole did an amazing job conveying it. Haatim doesn’t start out as awesome. He pukes at gore, is scared, screams quite regularly, and relies on Abigail. But at the same time he’s brave and stays when it’s important, which makes him a very likable character.
Now, the prologue was amazing, and I don’t care for prologues. It gave us a crazy character in Arthur that enticed me to pick this up. He had depth to him, and I loved it! I only wish I got more time with him. All through the book, we get tidbits of information about something major that happened regarding him, and I loved discovering the story.
The writing was smooth for me and did an amazing job with the action scenes and setting. It was concise and laid out with just the right amount of information to give you a picture and let you follow along. I noticed a few typos, which means there’s probably more I didn’t notice, but they never slowed down my reading. Which is a good segue into pacing: I must say this moved. It’s a shorter book (I consider anything less than 300 pages to be short) packed with only the important. It’s great for anyone looking for something to take up just a little of their time.
My only complaint is the ending. I felt one of the characters developed fast—like flipping-a-switch fast—and I found it a bit jarring. Where did that come from? Even so, it was nothing that turned me off from the book. It’s a series, and while this story closes nicely for my taste, it’s obviously got the door wide open for solving a bigger mystery.
Overall, if you like urban fantasy with a dose of demons, a kick-ass female lead, and a budding male lead, I think you’ll enjoy this.