"A detective story set in a fantasy world that just sucks you right into the storyline!"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted July 8, 2015
Mystery Paranormal | Fantasy Urban
Satrine Rainey is determined to give her daughters a
better life than she had, even if it means lying to get a
job posting as an inspector. Satrine tricks her way into
the position and is immediately paired with Minox Welling
and thrown into the midst of a case involving A MURDER OF
MAGES. Minox has a secret of his own, as he is an
uncircled Mage. Will Satrine and Minox uncover the
murderer's identity in time or will they gamble and lose
Marshall Ryan Maresca hooked me with the very first line
in A MURDER OF MAGES! A MURDER OF MAGES is the first book
in The Maradaine Constabulary series but is set in
the same world as Marshall Ryan Maresca's first novel,
The Thorn of Dentonhill. It is not necessary to have read
The Thorn of Dentonhill to appreciate A MURDER OF MAGES,
although it certainly enhances the reading experience
when one is already familiar with the fantasy world.
I absolutely love the characters of Satrine and Minox!
Satrine is a street-wise fighter, willing to do whatever
it takes to protect and save her family, but she's also
quite sharp. Minox is a bit of an oddball, used to
disguising his abilities as a mage while spending
inordinate amounts of time figuring out the minute
details behind the crimes. They are a good working
partnership, although I admit that Minox's quirkiness
appeals to me quite a bit and I enjoyed the scenes with
him in them far more than the ones just involving
Marshall Ryan Maresca has crafted superb characters
living in a phenomenal fantasy world with a detective
story that just sucks you right into the storyline.
Marshall Ryan Maresca impressed me with The Thorn of
Dentonhill, but A MURDER OF MAGES has secured me as a
fan. I can't wait to see what Marshall Ryan Maresca
writes next as you can guarantee I will be reading it!
A Murder of Mages marks the debut of Marshall Ryan
Maresca’s novels of The Maradaine Constabulary, his second
series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden
districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. A Murder
of Mages introduces us to this spellbinding port city
seen through the eyes of the people who strive to maintain
law and order, the hardworking men and women of the
Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two,
wife to a Constabulary Inspector who lies on the edge of
death, injured in the line of duty—has been forced to fake
her way into the post of Constabulary Inspector to support
Minox Welling is a brilliant, unorthodox Inspector and an
Uncircled mage—almost a crime in itself. Nicknamed “the
jinx” because of the misfortunes that seem to befall
around him, Minox has been partnered with Satrine because
one else will work with either of them.
Their first case together—the ritual murder of a Circled
mage— sends Satrine back to the streets she grew up on and
brings Minox face-to-face with mage politics he’s
to avoid. As the body count rises, Satrine and Minox must
race to catch the killer before their own secrets are
exposed and they, too, become targets.
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