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  • 02/2023
  • 978-1-7376311-8-7 B0BK5NFS6N
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Whitney Hill
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Tempered Illusions (Shadows of Otherside Book 6)
Whitney Hill, author
Arden Finch’s big dreams for her future risk becoming nightmares. After stopping the Wild Hunt and preventing the end of the world, Arden thought she could take a break. But the mundane backlash against supernaturals is getting worse, and Otherside abhors a power vacuum. When someone dumps a vampire-bitten corpse at the North Carolina governor’s mansion, tensions boil over. With rioting humans on one side and invading vampires on another, Arden must decide how far she’ll go to secure her authority as Arbiter. A step in the wrong direction will bring war to the Triangle and threaten everything Arden has built. And with the trickster gods stirring, all her illusions about power will be tested to see if they can stand the weight of this new world—or if they’ll shatter under the pressure. Arden, Troy, Maria, and your other favorites are back in the first book of the Shadows of Otherside Trickster Cycle. The stakes are higher and the danger is greater than ever before, forcing Arden to lean into new powers and leave the Triangle to deal with new threats. This book is set a year after the epilogue in Eternal Huntress and continues Arden Finch's story in the Otherside universe. If you’d like to start at the beginning of the series, read Elemental.
Reviews
Vampiric murders, grand house intrigue, and the interest of mercurial gods all upend an uneasy peace in this brisk, spicy, and surprising sixth book in Hill’s Shadows of Otherside urban fantasy series, which picks up after the climatic jolts of Eternal Huntress. That entry found sylph and one-time private investigator Arden Finch in the position of High Queen of House Solari and Arbiter for the Carolinas demesne, an elevation not universally celebrated among the fantastical denizens of the Otherside. Now, Arden’s eager to reform the most brutal practices of the Elven Houses, but she has been laying low for a year ever since her ascension and the Durham-devastating events of the previous book. She’s currently dreading her own birthday party and undergoing rigorous training to become an agent of the Darkwatch, but she’s still very much a detective at heart—which will come in handy once blood-drained bodies, likely the victims of vampires, are discovered around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle, including in the governor’s mansion.

With the mundane world agitated in ways that cleverly echoes real-world North Carolina tensions, Arden must navigate tricky politics, both mundane—now that the world knows about werewolves, elves, sylvans, and the rest, conservative politicians are on the warpath—and magical, including protecting the secret of her romance with Troy, an elven king who gives her love bites with his “shark-like secondary teeth.” Arden remains a nimble, engaging hero, outfoxing those who underestimate her, and always having to “drag everyone kicking and screaming into the future.” She narrates her adventures in intimate, witty, prose sensual the pulls readers pleasurably along.

Quick-witted and spiced with romance and unpredictable magic and action, Tempered Illusion exemplifies its genre, as Arden faces a twisty investigation, host of varied and complex diplomatic situations, amusing friends, and enemies capable of anything. It’s a legitimate thrill when Arden pulls deeply on her elemental powers or allows herself to relish the “jolt of the magic of blood and sex.”

Takeaway: Stellar urban fantasy spiced with romance, conspiracies, and Carolina politics.

Comparable Titles: Faith Hunter, Kim Harison.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Kindle Edition Digital Ebook Purchas Details
  • 02/2023
  • 978-1-7376311-8-7 B0BK5NFS6N
  • 309 pages
  • $4.99
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