Awakening the Fire by Ally Shields

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    Awakening the Fire awakened all my senses and left me waiting for more. This story is an amazing piece of art, weaving the characters, relationships, plots, backstories and drama into a masterpiece.

    Arianna Calin has sworn to keep the peace in Riverdale. Most of the Otherworlders prefer to haunt the Olde Town district—partying at vampire strip clubs, dining in elegant supper clubs, and inhabiting the cliffside caverns along the Mississippi. Being a cop is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, and Ari’s got her gun, a good sharp knife, and a few handy charms against things that go bump in the streets. She’s also a fire witch—a pedigree that comes in handy, since her partner’s only human.

    But when a virtual reality drug hits the streets, people (and non-people) start to die, and an elusive pack of werewolves threatens the status quo. Ari and Ryan are drawn into a web of murder and evil that will lead sworn enemies to a confrontation, and while the city simmers around them, only Ari can prevent an all-out supernatural war.

    Review by Catherine Cavendish: In Riverdale, two communities live parallel lives – the world of humans and the Otherworld of vampires, witches, elves, nymphs and werecreatures. Ari is a Guardian. She is also a witch – but there is nothing twitchy-nosed about her. Ari is a special kind of law enforcer and when a horrific series of murders threatens all-out war in the Otherworld, she is the one that must lead the hunt, no matter what the cost…

    Ally Shields is a real find. She makes the implausible possible and creates a rollicking good story with strong characters, depth and atmosphere. Fantasy at its best and kept me turning the pages so that I read it all in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. This is the first of a series and I can’t wait for the second part. Highly recommended.

    Review by Kirstin L. Pullioff:

    I just had the honor of reading Ally Shield’s Awakening the Fire, and it lived up to its name. It awakened all my senses and left me waiting for more. This story is an amazing piece of art, weaving the characters, relationships, plots, backstories and drama into a masterpiece.

    Ally has a wonderful way with words, describing her characters with such depth and ease, that you truly feel like you are there in the story. The connection and pull between the characters is palatable. From the different dynamics between the vampires, itches, werewolves and humans, to the forbidden desire between the characters, a wide range of feelings is explored. This is a story that draws you in, invests your feelings in their relationships and outcomes, and does not disappoint in the twists and turns.

    Her fantasy world is clearly defined, and imaginable. The boundaries between the mystical and the human are concrete, and the cohesion of the two worlds very natural. This is a place you know, a town set up in a manner you are familiar with. The clubs, the park, the town, all places that you can relate to and imagine being in.

    The premise of the story is original, and suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Completely hooked from page one, I am eagerly awaiting the next in this series. Overall, the highest rating I can give it. Fantastic book.