Trace of Magic

Trace of Magic

by Diana Pharaoh Francis


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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 Loch 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781611945140
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 08/29/2014
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 1,040,464
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

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Trace of Magic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
This is Francis's best yet. It has a kick-ass heroine, a strong but lovable hero, each with a host of believable problems, secrets, and difficult relatives. The plot is tight and packed with action, the mystery is tantalizing, and it was impossible for me to tear my nose out of the book until I finished. It doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, but several important story arcs remain unresolved at the end. I'll be waiting impatiently for the sequel.
AlyssQuinn More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I didn't buy this book until I attended a Con and saw that she was on the list of guests and wanted to know what kind of author she was. I didn't get to start reading it until after I went to her book reading (she's an awesome woman, I might add), of which she read a chapter from the second book of this series. I was so disappointed in myself for not picking this book up sooner! I was on a vacation, and still managed to finish this book in a day and a half. I couldn't put it down if my life depended on it! Amazing! And I can't wait until March/April for the next book to come out. 
Mary_Th1 More than 1 year ago
Riley is a tracer. She can find lost people by following the trails of magic they leave behind them. She's not the only one with this power, but she's a lot stronger than anyone else -- a fact she has to keep hidden in order not to be taken and used by the syndicate that controls the great riches of Diamond City. If she loses her independence, she'll not be able to fulfill what she sees as her life's purpose -- to learn who killed her mother and what become of her father, who disappeared literally without a trace. I like stories where magic and the real world intersect, where magic isn't a sudden discovery or a secret known only to a few, but something everyone accepts as an everyday part of reality. That's definitely the cAse here. The magic is real, hard-edged, and dangerous. And the world -- Diamond City -- is real as real can be, mean and corrupt, a place of both grinding poverty and fabulous wealth. I was caught up in Riley's life from page one, when she walks -- literally -- into trouble that only gets deeper as she gets closer and closer to discovering what's at the bottom of it and how it's all connected. The action is violent and -- except for some scorchingly explicit sex -- never lets up. Also, I like a narrator with a distinct and human voice. Riley is smart, tough, funny, vulgar, and not as sure of herself as she'd like to be. Driven by family loyalties but conflicted by an urge toward self-preservation, she does her best to push herself forward. And she's distracted by her feelings for the necessary cop (good cop? bad cop?) she can't help being attracted to -- and can't afford to trust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently learned about this series & was so glad to see a different kind of world & a different kind of magic structure. The story is fast paced & relationships for quickly... I like the straightforward nature of the protagonist even in a world of subterfuge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in some places but overall a very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent start to a series. Has everything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always get such a charge starting a new series and meeting (in books) a new writer. Actually she's no new but she's new to me. Great plot, great characters. Almost like her as much as Ilona Andrews. And that's a big compliment because I adore Ilona Andrews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moved well. Developing characters.
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cherikeeusa More than 1 year ago
Perfect blend of heart, strength and kick-assedness. I even enjoyed the peripheral characters and hope I'll be seeing more of Cass particularly. I really like that the characters had real choices to make - not those 'oh wait, I need some emotional conflict here' throwaways so commonly found.
kshore More than 1 year ago
First book I've read from this author, looking forward to reading more.
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chkeyes More than 1 year ago
As an English professor in her other life, Diana Pharaoh is a writer that leaves you free from worry in terms of the technicalities like grammar and punctuation so you can freely indulge in the story. And what a story! In fact, in her usual fashion, Francis has built a world of magic that will pull you in and leave you wanting more. *SPOILERS* Riley: She likes Price. She’s thought about him for a long time. She’s fought the attraction she knows shouldn’t happen. He’s a cop while she’s the girl from the “wrong side of the tracks”. But readers, this is voted A ROMANTIC TIMES TOP PICK! There is going to be some sex/romance! And yes, it happens. ONCE. And might I say, bravo, Ms. Francis! Well done on that scene! Whew! Riley is a bit of a dichotomy in that she’s both strong in finding all the kids and yet she seemed really young and a bit foolishly immature or lax when it comes to her dad and not finding out about her past and we haven’t really seen much of that part of her. We’ve heard bit of it but we haven’t really SEEN her do anything about it actively—search for her past or her mom’s death so for now that is a passive thing for readers. It makes her seem bit weaker as a character for but as she grows through the book you can see her get stronger and see her make those decisions she needs to make. And you know in the next book, she’ll explode as a magician and as a character and woman. Price: A bit harder to nail down. He saw Riley for more than she was. He still has to make a choice. And he does dumb stuff. We still wonder if he’s going to double cross her because he’s been such a shit with that other woman. There are some times we do want to kick him in the balls if he messes up. Not telling her about the ex until the last minute? Dumb a** move, dip shit. The brother: Ok, he’s a bad guy but he cares about Price. So he’s got some good guy shit in him. So we can’t help but like him--maybe. And we think that there’s something in him that is redeemable and that somehow Riley can make him be something good. And that the three of them can kick some a**. Some real bad guy a**. IF HE PULLS HIS HEAD OUT OF HIS A**. All of this in a world that is cold, snowy, filled with magic, bad guys, bad drugs, and some cool as heck of ways to kill, maim, and get inside peoples heads. So the way I read it, her maturing in her magic, her relationship with Price and her seeing her relationship with her “dad” or family and coming to terms with it is all happening at the same time, a linear progression to--something. And Francis has set it all up to happen in the next book, not so much a cliffhanger as a progression in growth of characters and events. We’re left them with the knowledge that Riley is going to kick some ass, that she’s developed her plan to kill, or use her skills to trace and kill and knock some heads together. Bam! Awesome world, characters, story, book. LOVED IT!