Flora Reviews… Hidden by Victoria DeLuis. Book 2 in her cozy paranormal mystery series, Rune Witch Mysteries.
Read: 15th – 17th December 2017
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Hidden is the second book in a new series – Rune Witch Mysteries. An urban fantasy, paranormal mystery series that blends our modern ideas about witchcraft and magic with Welsh mythology. Hidden is a story (approx 140 pages) set in modern day Wales, UK. Our protagonists are rune witch, Summer Daniels, and her long time boyfriend, Thomas Heart. Thomas is human and a master in the martial art of Krav Magna. This series is filled with a host of supernatural beings including house fairies, goblins and witches.
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
One death, one pledge, one price to pay!
For Summer Daniels, there’s nothing better than a walk amongst the trees with the man she loves. But when she discovers the body of a young man in her forest, Summer soon finds her plans for the day cut short.
Determined to solve the case, Summer doesn’t hesitate to use her magic to find the killer. But how far can magic take her and how much is she willing to pay?
Will Summer be able to find the killers and bring them to justice? Or is she a pawn in a game she hasn’t begun to comprehend?
Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed will love this modern take on witchcraft and Welsh mythology.
You can read my review for the first book in the series by clicking Taken (#1) or by searching the tag #Rune Witch Mysteries
Before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I given a digital version of this book for free from the author (Victoria DeLuis) as part of her Advanced Reading Team in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks for the advanced copy.
Over the past year, I’ve definitely become a Victoria DeLuis fan. Her writing style is very easy to read, love the way she crafts her stories, the pace of her books, the intelligence of her plots and how they evolve.
The urban fantasy world that she’s building in this series has ignited my interest. It’s a wonderful mix of fantasy and reality. Victoria uses the first chapter to reminded us of our main characters, their relationship, the situation they’re in plus BAM! a murder mystery to solve!
The fight scenes were so well written that I was actually holding my breath. I also found myself scratching my head trying to solve the clues to the murder and work out the mystery. I thought that the romance between Summer and Thomas was first-class. In fact, I love that Summer and Thomas are in a strong stable relationship having been together for 8 years. Their love, companionship, banter and loyalty to each other feels very real. This attention to detail adds a further dimension to the story.
My intellect enjoyed the twists and turns that Victoria took us on. However I wasn’t ever sure how things were going to pan out. Being uncertain which clues related to the murder case and which to the ongoing “Daniels family curse” mystery. However I couldn’t help turning the pages to find out.
Confession time. There were a couple of scenes in Hidden that brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. However fear not, avid readers, this is no romantic weepy. There’s plenty of tension and action too. Like most Brits, I do love a bit of banter and this story has plenty of that as well.
Nope. I enjoyed every page. My only gripe was that it wasn’t longer! I was enjoying being on the trail with Summer and Thomas in their amazing world of magic, mystery and adventure. I was greedy for more! Lol!
The murder mystery aspect in each of the Rune Witch Mysteries books are concluded by the end of each one. However the running background mystery of the “Daniel Family Curse” is left to continue through the whole series.
Victoria ensures her new readers aren’t lost by weaving any pertinent information into this book. However I fear you’d miss certain things jumping in cold. For example the nuances of knowing the existing characters. Understanding the dynamics of relationships and the ongoing “family curse” plot line.
I really loved this tale. It had everything that I look for in a 5 star book; mystery, action, magic, humour and even a sprinkling of romance.
There are no explicit or graphic violent or sexual scenes. Therefore I feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone who likes reading paranormal mysteries.
I’d recommend this book to those who of you who love a mystery to solve, enjoy fantasy adventure themes and don’t mind a bit of romance thrown in.
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Victoria DeLuis is a short story author and novelist, who loves reading – everything – and writing urban fantasy, mystery stories, paranormal romantic suspense, and even the occasional sci-fi.
She was born and raised in South Wales, which offers her a rich heritage and mythology to use in her stories.
After the birth of her daughter, Victoria decided to abandon the corporate life, return to education, and pursue her lifelong passion for writing. So, she studied creative writing and gained a first class honours degree. After which, she put on a brave face and headed out into the big scary world of publishing.
Victoria is now busy, busy, busy: Being a mum, writing (and doing all the additional tasks that come with publishing), and running her small book promotion site – magicbookdeals.com. Victoria has now also completed a Master’s Degree in Novel Writing.
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