#BookReview: GLASS PREDATOR by Craig Schaefer

For Harmony Black, practicing witch and government agent, defeating criminal masterminds and eliminating supernatural threats are all in a day’s work. She’s ready to fight, as long as she can count on her partner, Jessie Temple; her team at off-the-books special FBI unit Vigilant Lock; and her magic. But her latest case threatens it all.

A high-profile bank robbery reveals thieves with the same unnatural strength and turquoise eyes as Jessie, who was touched by the King of Wolves. Jessie becomes unstable, struggling with her inner beast, and Harmony’s magic is threatened by unexpected interference. Even worse, the women discover a secret their own handler may kill to protect, forcing Vigilant Lock to go off the grid.

From the smoky back rooms of Washington, DC, inhabited by the crooked elite, to the astonishing high-rises of corrupt upper-crust Manhattan, Harmony and Jessie fight to uncover and halt a mass conspiracy threatening US soil in a race against time—and hell.

Published: March 2017

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My Review

Harmony and Jessie have become one of my favorite crime fighting duos, so I was excited to read Glass Predator. Their partnership has interesting dynamics, and it has been fun to watch their friendship evolve and grow.

Jessie plays a central role in this story, perhaps overshadowing Harmony at times. I don’t say that as a criticism, since I truly like both characters. We delve into Jessie’s dark and shadowy past, learning a bit more of her history. We watch as she grapples to control her inner beast, with help and support from Harmony.

I smelled gasoline and tasted smoke, the air wavering like a desert mirage.

As with all the Harmony Black books, the plot mixes real world crime with magical forces. I would put this in the ‘magical realism’ category, because the story always feels rooted in reality. Even though I know (or assume) that people don’t have the ability to conjure fire or unleash beasts from their inner being, as I’m reading these books I always feel it’s a perfectly legitimate possibility within the realm of our world.

My ears popped and my skin prickled as the air congealed before me, streamers of amber mist projecting from my outstretched fingertips and forming a misty shield.

My only complaint with this book is that the story doesn’t stand on its own. Much of the plot is pulled from various threads within the first two books, so you might feel lost if you haven’t read those. Then we are left hanging on how this will all resolve, forcing us to move on to book 4 for answers. Even though I have read this series from the start, I don’t necessarily remember all the subtleties and intricacies of this complex, drawn-out plot. While I love the series, I’d prefer each story stood on its own merits.

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂