This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Flameout by Keri Arthur
Series: Souls of Fire #3
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Embers cranks up the tension in the next Souls of Fire novel, featuring Emberly Pearson, a phoenix who assumes human form to fight death at every turn.…
Emberly and her red hot partner, Jackson, have hit an impasse in their battle against the crazed humans infected by a plague-like virus derived from vampire blood. Their quest to unearth the leader of the group leads them into an ambush—and leaves Emberly at odds with her former lover, Sam, who’s pressuring her to join his Paranormal Investigations Team.
To make matters worse, three local witches have been kidnapped—and if their spells fall into the wrong hands, Emberly’s powers could end up smothered. With time ticking until the virus consumes the world, Emberly and Jackson must race to save the witches, find a cure, and smoke out their nemesis—or go down in a blaze of glory...
This book is the third in the Souls of Fire series. If you had not read a previous book in this series the Author does a good job of catching you up in the beginning. This is an urban fantasy that is set in Melbourne and it is still under the threat of the Crimson Death Virus also known as the red plague. The long and short of it is that the virus would take you from being human to something other than human.
Emberly Pearson, a phoenix, and Jackson Miller, a fire fae, are teamed up as private investigators that are seeking the missing research notes that are hopefully a cure for the red plague. Unfortunately for them there are many factions that are also seeking the notes for their own means.
The main players in this book are the Sindicati- a vampire equivalent of the mafia, the Red Cloaks- think crazy zombies under the control of a leader, the Werewolf pack – led by Scott Baker, and Rinaldo formerly known as Dr. Reginald Heaton and he trying to take over…well everything. As always there is involvement from PIT, Paranormal Investigations Team, the clandestine police force that challenges the other than human players.
The central theme to this book is the same as the previous two. There is still the plague, everyone is out to get the Emberly, there is still the possibility of a cure or vaccination that will make the red plague go buh-buy. Oh, and Emberly likes to have sex with no nod at all to romance and Sam is still her one and only because a Phoenix’s heart is fated to find love only once in a lifetime. Too bad he is so off putting and miserable to be around, oh and that he still dislikes her immensely.
I do like the investigation part of this book. I like how Jackson’s character is written a lot. Emberly, for a girl who has lived several lifetimes you would think that she would be a hardcore female that knows how to get what she wants. She just seems to keep following Jackson around without really contributing. Great that this book is written in first person so we are getting her inner monologue so we know that she is aware and competent but I guess I really wanted her in charge and calling the shots instead of being Robin to Batman.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this ARC of Flameout*