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After months of preparation, the first-ever Supernatural Summit is about to begin, and Emma has her hands full with the preparation, the security, and the tensions between supes and humans that are protesting outside of the summit site. When a human residing in the hotel where the summit is being held ends up murdered, most probably by a supe, Emma only has 48 hours to find the culprit and bring them to justice before the Met takes over and information about the murder is released to the press. Time is of the essence because the death of a human at the hands of a supernatural during the summit would cause the summit to collapse, and would mean even more hatred and violence between supes and humans.
This fifth book in the series was a little disappointing, to be honest. It was not bad, but after 4 books of intricate intrigues and character and romance development, I was hoping for and expecting more. The pace is still fast and keeps us hooked, but the plot was average. This was just a “regular” murder investigation in the middle of a supernatural summit. There was no relevant or interesting plot twist, and no shady motives, it was all pretty straightforward and not as engaging as the previous books.
Love it! Love the characters, the stories, the plots, and the editing! Just great work. I have to say, Lord Horvath is a very unique male lead character. He doesn't fit the usual make lead stereotype and still manages to be mucho sexy. I just think this is great work!! Thanks for the awesome read!! Can we get a little longer read next time?
PS if I had one wish, it would be to have Lord Horvath written into a more expanded role in the stories. But it's great either way!
At this point, this series has settled into a nice murder mystery vibe. The supernatural element makes it a little different, but at its heart it's your basic English murders in London shtick. A nice way to while away a winter's evening. The characters are fleshing out nicely, and the world building is solid.
I almost forgot how much I enjoyed this series. Emma and the characters in her world are all so layered and thoroughly entertaining. At times it may seem that Harper rewrites the same kind of premise over and over again… at first glance. Then by the third chapter you realize how amazingly unique it all is and you can’t help but be drawn in. I’m not a big fan of Webb’s werewolf spin-off, and was glad that he was mentioned in passing. But I can’t help but miss Scarlett being Lukas’s right hand person. I felt she could’ve given Buffy an entertaining run for quips. I hope we keep this series going for a bit longer… not Eve Dallas type long, but at least long enough to see Supe Squad get more officers and the Supes more rights
Note: this is book five of the „Firebrand“ urban fantasy series and to get the most out of it, I recommend to read the books in the intended order and start at the beginning.
Review What an interesting murder case - with appallingly high stakes and the clock ticking down the remaining hours! I loved it. DC Emma Bellamy, a supernatural herself working for the very small supernatural squad in London, helped start the first „Supernatural Summit“ to get the supes to work with each other and to better work with the humans. The DeVane hotel hosts the grand event and when a body is found, it’s Emma’s job to keep things under wraps and solve the case within two days. Since there are massive tensions because of the humans’ protests against the supe summit, it’s clear that Emma will be the one to take the fall, if things go sideways. So it’s her career on the line and the repercussions for the whole supernatural community… high stakes indeed. And the case isn’t what it seems, there are red herrings, twists and turns and I liked the combination of classic detective work and supernatural aspects. There is of course the romance between Lord Horvath and Emma (and some new developments for other people), but it’s never the center, which I appreciated. Emma handles herself very good and her new boss, DS Grace, isn’t a bad sort either. Added to that the suspense of the case and the cool cast of secondary characters make this a very entertaining read.
DC Emma Bellamy is the only detective in the Supe Squad, she's responsible for the first Supernatural Summit which is taking place in a London hotel and it's imperative for her professionally but also for Supes in general that the summit is a success. It's been difficult enough to persuade the different Supe factions to come under one roof, now she has to worry about human protestor and a scurrilous gutter journalist who will stop at nothing to get some dirt on the Supes.
Added to which an omega wolf has just returned to London after a decade's banishment and is nearly beaten to death outside Lord Horvath's house, and a random human has decided to run around naked in Central London claiming he's a vampire. Funnily enough, both claim to know something about a mysterious man called The Chief.
Then if things weren't tense enough The Chief is found murdered in the hotel, it could only be one of the Supes - but if word gets out that a human was murdered by Supes, there will never be any peace between humans and Supes.
Yet another engaging, funny and intriguing mystery in this series. Less reliance on Emma's phoenix abilities this time and the identity of the murderer was a surprise - so that's good.