“Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe – a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.
They’re hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?”
Who’s driving this thing?
Raven Black, a half Mage, half Vampire who has left her human life far behind her. With no money, no family and no way to integrate into magical society without being disposed of by the supernatural government, she fights crime from the shadows.
Raven is a masterfully sarcastic and witty character who has found her purpose despite her hopeless circumstances. Though we dip into her regrets and longings from time to time, the story is more important and we never find her wallowing. Instead, she is pro-active and determined to problem solve. A strong female lead to be sure!
What’s this all about?
After overhearing the plans of a supernatural criminal (and of course getting into a fight with them), Raven is approached by the mysterious Keystone organisation: a group of supernatural misfits who fight magical crime together.
After being put on a trial run in Keystone, Raven is teamed up with the vampire Christian Poe. Crude, provocative and determined to work alone, the two clash at first, but in the short time they work together, they form a romance that neither one will admit to.
Raven is the kind of girl to get kicked out of these kind of clubs and that’s exactly what happens. But as a threat to Keystone looms and Christian goes missing, Raven throws herself back into the game to help save them, herself and Christian.
What’s so great about it?
The characters were the best part of this book, even though it was all great. The humour is so natural, nothing felt forced and it brought a light-hearted element to really quite a dark book.
The romance between Raven and Christian is subtle, but builds enough tension that we aren’t left without. They’re made for each other, they’re both witty lone-wolves that want to be loved more than they’re willing to admit.
Also, got to give a shout-out to the Keystone HQ which is a gorgeous old building and who doesn’t LOVE those?
What’s not so great about it?
This is one of those books that you really have trouble criticising, because while I could ask for more of this or more of that, actually, the subtlety of a lot of the story elements were what gave them so much impact.
Oh wait, I thought of one. More books, please!
Should I get it?
Oh, hell yes. This is a dark urban fantasy but it has a broad appeal. So even if dark isn’t your thing, you may still like it.
Keystone is available on Amazon in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats. It’s also pretty highly rated on Amazon with over 600 reviews.
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