This is one of those novels that you like, but a few elements within it keep you from going gaga about it. The world is amazing, the ideas behind everything are well thought out and immense. The magic that Diana Francis spun within this tale was epic. Which is to be expected with Francis – she is a must read author if you have a thing for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

The story focus on Riley Hollis which is a very stereotypical Urban Fantasy character. She’s the most powerful of her kind and the back story involved in her story revolve around keeping her a secret because she’ll be used by the crime families that run the city. A lot of the elements within the story revolve around that simple fact – she has to keep her abilities secret.

Prior conflict of that nature has been established along with the relationship with Detective Clay Price. The novel starts out with Price basically blackmailing Hollis into working for him. But, within the plot of the novel the relationship is deepened and you see more of the world of Diamond City. It was the relationship with Price that threw me through the loop. The author establishes that relationship as a negative one in the beginning but by the middle of the novel they are sleeping together and declaring their love for one another in a very awkward and unbelievable setting. Hollis has another person in her head to help her accomplish a task – they are restricted as far as time – she can hear the voice of the girl in her head, but Price and Hollis stop to discuss their feelings in the midst of it. It was awkward and ruined my taste of this novel. It was unnecessary.

The mystery within the story was the big draw, along with the world building. But, the romance could have been watered-down a bit.

About_the_book Trace of Magic: The Diamond City Magic Book 1 by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Series: Diamond City Magic, #1
Published by Bell Bridge Books on August 29th 2014
ISBN: 1611945143
Pages: 236
3.5 Stars

Even the most powerful tracers can’t track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Lock Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I’ll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions.
Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she’s on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.