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  • 10/2021
  • B08TDV21F3
  • 327 pages
  • $4.99
Seana Kelly
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The Wicche Glass Tavern
Seana Kelly, author
I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Clive, my vampire gentleman caller, has asked me to marry him. His nocturne is less than celebratory. Unfortunately, for them and the sexy vamp doing her best to seduce him, his cold, dead heart beats only for me. As much as my love life feels like a minefield, it has to take a backseat to a far more pressing problem. The time has come. I need to deal with my aunt, the woman who’s been trying to kill me for as long as I can remember. She’s learned a new trick. She’s figured out how to weaponize my friends against me. To have any hope of surviving, I have to learn to use my necromantic gifts. I need a teacher. We find one hiding among the fae, which is a completely different problem. I need to determine what I’m capable of in a hurry because my aunt doesn’t care how many are hurt or killed as long as she gets what she wants. Sadly for me, what she wants is my name on a headstone. I’m gathering my friends—werewolves, vampires, wicches, gorgons, a Fury, a half-demon, an elf, and a couple of dragon-shifters—into a kind of Fellowship of the Sam. It’s going to be one hell of a battle. Hopefully, San Francisco will still be standing when the dust clears.
Reviews
The third novel in Kelly’s delightfully fun Sam Quinn series finds the owner of The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar once again on a quest to harness her powers, to keep her powerful vampire boyfriend, now fiancé, and to stay one step ahead of the aunt who is still trying to kill her. The Slaughtered Lamb is once again under attack, and Sam makes the fateful decision to close it down for the safety of her loved ones. With her aunt on the warpath, Sam has only a short time to find someone willing and able to teach her necromancy–and when she succeeds, the results are explosive and deadly.

As in the first two books, Kelly again immerses readers into a shrewdly balanced paranormal setting, filled with the darkness of devastation but lightened by the humor and joy of complex, and sometimes twisted, relationships–particularly when Furies, demons and gorgons are involved. Sam’s burgeoning strength and confidence may come across to some readers as the familiar standard for an urban fantasy series, especially as she discovers a new connection to the fae, nearly completing her paranormal pantheon. However, Sam’s journey of discovery–everything involving powers, her family, and the friendships that have bloomed around her, even among the vampires–feels fresh and poignant, especially as it focuses on both self-reliance and the necessity of leaning on others.

Kelly builds the story–both in this installment and across the series–on engaging, believable interpersonal relationships, with each new book carefully expanding on the established mythos. Fans of the genre will be charmed by the novel’s deceptive simplicity–it has hidden layers and nuance, allowing readers to choose for themselves whether to enjoy it as something light and fluffy or to tease out the welcome depths of this new take on the hero’s journey.

Takeaway: Kelly’s latest rich, nuanced, and fun addition to the urban fantasy genre.

Great for fans of: Ilona Andrews, Katie MacAlister, Kim Harrison.

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

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 10/2021
  • B08TDV21F3
  • 327 pages
  • $4.99

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