Welcome to Bordertown, which hasn't had any law of its own
since the last demon uprising, when the rebels ate the
sheriff. Yes, it's that kind of wacky story, with
immortals, strange societies and kidnappings in the first
few pages. Around the edges of Bordertown is the more
usual space of Manhattan, and bike messenger and PI Rio
Jones lives in both dimensions. She's a telepath, used to
demons and Fae, but when three heavies come to pick her up
she wisely runs straight to the nearest ogre bouncer. While
in the bar she finds Luke Oliver, a dark wizard and
immortal, and hires him to help find an abducted child. I
would say that it goes downhill from there, but fighting
off a Grendel isn't quite so bad as last month's chimera
infestation, so maybe not.
THE CURSED is action all the way, but can be amusing too,
as when a venom makes Luke react drunkenly, or Luke and Rio
have to wrangle a giant duck. A High Court Fae named
Merelith comes along and orders the two to find her niece.
That's not hard to do; she's with a Pictish man, Dalriada,
who believes that Bordertown could do with him as ruler.
Getting the girl out of there, along with a chatty fox, is
another matter, and an ancient society called The Black
Swan wants a piece of the action. Luke desires Rio
fervently but she's very much hands-off, which is probably
how she's survived so long, although she does think he's
hot. Rio has preserved her independence but now this has
become isolation for her, while Luke carries an agonising
curse around with him. Trouble ahead!
Alyssa Day has previously written a series about
Atlantis, Warriors of Poseidon and her world-building has
taken off fast with this new series League of the Black
Swan. Urban fantasy lovers will get a kick out of this
pacy tale which is also an adult romance, and the only
complaint I have is that THE CURSED is too plain a title
and sounds like a straightforward horror.
New York Times bestselling author of the Warriors of
Poseidon series Alyssa Day returns with a thrilling new
series of paranormal romance and a heated battle between
good and evil fought to the death on the streets of New
Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliverâ€™s beat is the
dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and
supernatural realms. But now a secret from his pastâ€”the
League of the Black Swanâ€”has surfaced. Because Luke isnâ€™t
any ordinary P.I. Heâ€™s the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he
never backs down from a fight.
But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart.
Rio Jones, the only woman he loved, needs his help against a
deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once before, so sheâ€™d
never fall prey to the curse that threatens to destroy him.
He swore heâ€™d never let her go again.
Luke and Rio, with the help of the newly reformed League,
must keep evil forces from taking over Bordertownâ€”all the
while battling a passion on the razorâ€™s edge between danger
and desire. And going to take everything they have just to