Anya is a Lantern, which is a type of medium that can devour ghosts. She’s also an investigator for the Detroit Fire Department, and a series of arsons has the city alarmed and Anya and the Department on their toes. She also spends time helping out the DAGR, or the Detroit Area Ghost Researchers, when they have a particularly nasty ghost on their hands. As Anya digs deeper into the arsons plaguing the city, she discovers a powerful man who may hold secrets that could affect Anya forever.
This was an unusual and engaging urban fantasy, and I found myself unable to put it down! In Anya, Ms. Bickle has given us a heroine to root for. She’s not the usual type that you see in these kinds of fantasies. She’s very serious and her loneliness tends to temper everything she does, including getting involved with a man that could very well destroy her, even though he sees through to the very core of her being. One of the highlights of Embers is Anya’s familiar, Sparky, a salamander that she wears around her neck as a necklace and only she and certain others can see when he comes to life. He’s quite like a mischevious puppy; always getting into all things electrical and fierce in his loyalty and protectiveness of Anya.Embers, in spite of the title conjuring flames and ash, was a breath of fresh air for the genre and an immensely enjoyable read! Keep an eye out for my review of Sparks, the second Anya Kalinczyk adventure from Laura Bickle!
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