Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.
Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.
This is the first book I have read by Alexandra Ivy. Of course I had heard of her but just hadn’t read anything by her, so as soon as I saw this on Net Galley, I requested it. I received it in exchange for an honest and fair review.
I really enjoyed that this book was equal parts mystery and romance. Duncan O’Connor is a homicide cop called to a murder scene of a beautiful woman, but there are no signs of trauma. Because of this, they call in a necromancer named Callie, who is able to get into the minds of the newly dead in order to see their final moments.
I really liked that it wasn’t love at first sight between Duncan and Callie, as they have been working with each other on many occasions and have been really wanting to get to know each other. Because humans are scared of and hate the supernatural beings within their midst, Duncan as a cop, would be coming under scrutiny from all the police community if he were to start anything with her. He really doesn’t care!
The author’s vision of a supernatural community contained under a dome was very innovative. The world building inside this community was very well imagined by the author. The fact that Duncan has his own supernatural secret was a plus.
I actually like the villains of the story, not as good people, but as well written and intriguing characters, however heinous that they really are. And that’s all I am going to say about that. No spoilers!
As far as not liking something in this book? Nothing really. It was a well written story with an intricate plot and good characters. As I touched on before, the world building was interestingly explained and executed. I liked the main characters and there were plenty more that could have their own book, that were introduced. I actually really enjoyed the read and will be looking for more books by this author, especially when the next book in this series comes out.
Who would I recommend this book to? Any adult that enjoys good urban fantasy or paranormal romance with a mystery,some action and some violence.