Title: Vampire’s Crucible (Call of the Elements #2)
Author: Yvette Bostic
I thought discovering magic would be the hardest part of my new life. Add that to the list of things I keep getting wrong.
Some wise idiot once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” But what if I don’t want either one? Finding out I’m a dual elemental mage was hard enough, and I definitely don’t want the responsibility and political power that apparently comes with it. How am I supposed to stop a crazy vampire from outing the supernatural community I didn’t know existed until a few weeks ago? I have no idea, but my new partner and elementals seem to think I should have all the answers.
Every time we come up with a plan to keep peace in the supernatural world, something else just gets in the way. This time it’s an ogre and an elder vampire whose motives are beyond comprehension. I just hope I figure it out before the lunatic announces our magical presence to the world. Humanity will react the only way they know how: with violence.
Magic and nuclear weapons don’t mix, no matter how hard we stir.
The war between mages and vampires is getting worse. AJ is learning the ropes of her job pretty well and with Logan by her side, things are intense. However, when a curveball means that she might have to form an alliance with her previous enemy, Kellen, her future becomes more uncertain.
While this story seemed a little slower than the first, I enjoyed the little elements of worldbuilding that the author added. They made the world feel realer, easier to picture AJ in.
Speaking of AJ, I loved the expansion of her powers and the new creatures that she encountered. Like the first book though, she’s not particularly good at making friends. Except for with Logan of course. The bond between them is tested as they’re thrusted into the midst of the ever-growing battle between mages and vampires. I wasn’t happy to see Kellen in such an important position in this book, but he had a pleasant growth of character that actually softened my opinion of him.
Can’t wait to see what book three has to offer these characters!