Title: Embers (Anya Kalinczyk # 1)
Author: Laura Bickle
Publication Date: 2010
Source: Xmas Gift
burns.Unemployment, despair, anger--visible and invisible unrest feed
the undercurrent of Detroit's unease. A city increasingly invaded by
phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos
throughout the city.Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson
investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing
malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya--who is
the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern--suspects a supernatural
arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will
leave the city in cinders. By Devil's Night, the spell will be complete,
unless Anya--with the help of her salamander familiar and the
paranormal investigating team--can stop it.Anya's accustomed to danger
and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she's
risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts
her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest
challenge she's ever faced. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I really loved this book from start to finish. It has a great premise, a kick-ass heroine and plenty of action, all mixed in with a fascinating mythology.
Right from the first page, I was hooked on this book and it was a joy to see the story and main characters develop. I particularly loved Sparky, who has great personality for a character that never speaks!
The blend of mythology into the piece worked really well and added that extra depth to the story that some paranormal tales lack.
I already ordered book two and I can't wait to read it.
This author is also known as Alayna Williams, and I'm a big fan of all her writing.