Thursday, February 3, 2011

Crimson Wind by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Max a ShadowBlade Prime is still searching for self but in this second book she reaches out to her long lost biological family in the midst of a magical cataclysm. In her search she discovers she may already have a family. Magic, bondage, love and violence categorize this fast paced novel.

Frankly when I reviewed Bitter Night, the prequel to this book, I did it with skepticism. I wasn’t sure it was my cup of java. Once again I am glad I pushed aside my cynical bent and tried someone new. I am now a fan. I truly enjoyed the emotional interplay between the characters. Francis imbues realism into her fantasy world. Max’s self destructive urges are sublimated by her loyalty to those dependent on her strength. Honor and loyalty are sure fire captivators of my literary interest and Francis illustrates them quite graphically. I will do my best to follow up on this review by reviewing the next in the series. There is plenty of action and good solid character development. I heartily enjoyed Bitter Night.

Then I was sent Crimson Wind to review and it was worth the wait. Ms. Francis succeeded again in developing a complex relationship between two strong protagonists facing daunting odd. Max engenders loyalty and love while being totally mystified as to why. Once again action permeates every page and the pace is swift. I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next in the series.

I recommend the book.

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