Dark Blood
Nikki Hayes
Urban Fantasy

I’m Natasha. Friends call me Tash. The world calls me troublemaker.
No one knows I possess a deadly magic.

It was supposed to be a simple surveillance job, just like the zillion others I had run for my tough-guy benefactor, Tobias. An hour into it, I’m sitting with a dead body after barely surviving a warlock’s rampage.

I thought things couldn’t get any worse, but what did I know? Running point for Tobias or being witness to a murder was the least of my worries. Now I’ve been blackmailed into working with paranormal cop Ian, and I must help him find what the warlock is up to before he destroys whatever is left of our world.

Piece of cake, right? Sure, if you ignored the dark magic I was born with. I just might save the world from a warlock’s evil plans, but can I save it from the darkness that lies within me?

Uncaged Review: As the first book in a series, I
see a lot of potential in this story. This is a futuristic,
post-apocalyptic book that has a virus called
the Scourge that wiped out half the population
and messed with the DNA of many others and a
magical world is born. What a great concept, but
it has its flaws. The world building needed work,
it’s not clear about a lot of stuff, and the reader
has to piece it together little by little to make
a broader view. This is told in Tasha’s point of
view, which limits us to seeing through her eyes
and she really needs to take better ownership of
herself, and quit putting so much pity and blame
on herself. That was rife throughout the book,
and I really just wanted to choke her at times to
make her see herself more clearly. I think if the
book hadn’t been in her POV only, it would have
given the reader a better clarity and the author
really needs to get Tash out of her self-loathing
attitude and give the readers a stronger minded
heroine.

The action sequences were terrific, and I liked the
magic that was presented in them. The evil that
they fight, is pure evil, and the author did a good
job not backing away from it. I am definitely
looking forward to the next outing.
Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars