Book Blurb from Goodreads:
A strange new danger is stirring in the forest . . .
As a healer for supernatural creatures, Amy isn’t afraid of things that go bump in the night. But curing one of her patients comes at a potentially fatal cost. With every passing night bringing her closer to a terrible fate, even the help of her supernatural friends may not be enough to save her. The worst part is her sealed fate finally brings Rowan, the leshy she loves, back into her life.
And there’s another danger lurking in the trees, something...unnatural. It is a magic beyond Amy’s understanding, or even Rowan’s power to control.
As time runs out and danger mounts, Amy must test her strength and her courage, if she has any hope of saving her friends, or herself.
Q: Why do you write?
A: Books, and in particular fantasy books, have always been a huge part of my life. In my home, standard dinner conversation includes discussions of how long it might take a hell-hound curse to take hold, and techniques a pixie might use to take down a larger opponent. If you read my novels, you'll see how many of those conversations sooner or later find their way into my writing.
Q: What books do you write?
A: I write urban fantasy stories filled with magic, suspense, and the occasional centaur. I generally fuel my creativity with an insatiable appetite for reading and frequent episodes of Doctor Who. (And lots and lots of Diet Coke.) I have two series out now and below is the reading order.
Q: Why do you write urban fantasy?
A: Urban fantasy is definitely my first love. For me, urban fantasy is a mixture of rich, compelling metaphor, and awesome, inspiring heroes who spark the imagination and make you want to face down the demons in your own life.
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I had won this book from the LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. Thank you to the author and City Owl Press for this ARC. This is my honest opinion.
Winter's Mage is the second book in the Outcast Mage series. As a disclaimer, I did not read the first book, which I probably should have. I wasn't lost in the second book, but I would have enjoyed more background to the story.
Have you ever wanted a super power? I have always wanted mine to be able to talk to animals. Just like Dr. Doolittle. But after reading this story, I want to have Truthsight just like the MC, Amy. It would make my job infinitely easier, and I would have more time for reading books! :) Amy is a Mage and is able to use her Truthsight (it's like a magic energy source) to medically help people and creatures in need without them being able to tell her what's wrong! How cool is that!
Her and her friend, Jason, run a walk-in medical clinic for supernatural creatures in the wilds of North Dakota. Whatever happened in the first book has thrown the magical world into chaos. Amy has to figure out how to deal with her adoptive mother, some jealous Mages, Jason's new powers, and a love that went astray in the first book. Plus, she still has to care for magical creatures that need her. Amy has to figure out who she can trust before it's too late to save herself!
The author wove an intricate plot line that as many twists and turns as the Missouri River. I never knew what was going to be coming next. It definitely kept me on my toes.
The author also built a wonderful magic world that borders the mundane existance of humans. It has noble centaurs, dwarves, nymphs, and an assortment of unusual creatures. The lore that is the basis of this magical world is complex and unique. Even Amy has not figured it all out yet. There is definitely room for the story to grow in the next book.
Tank and I give this a 4 paw rating as the story was exciting and held our interest. We connected with Amy on many levels, and we enjoyed the wonderful world building. We plan on reading the first book of the series and can't wait for next one of the series!