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Emma's Fury by Linda Rainier
If you're a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the Blade films you'll love Emma's Fury!
Emma is a Fury - think mythical police officer ensuring various creatures of the nightstick to the rules and you'll get the idea.
The dialogue is one of the strengths of this novel - authentic and believable throughout. The interactions between Emma and David (Emma's guardian) are a particular highlight - flirty banter at its best.
Emma's Fury is full to the brim of violence and action as David and Emma embark on multiple investigations together. Werewolves, vampires and demon/evil God's all crop up in this vast and well-developed novel. Excellent world-building - although I would have liked more details about some of the settings, but this is just personal preference.
There is a very explicit sex scene mid-way through the novel, which is very well written despite the uniqueness of the scene, I felt it added an extra layer of sinister to the nature of Thanatos.
Thanatos is evil personified and I did enjoy him as an antagonist, however, I felt he could have had a stronger impact at the end of the novel.
Motherhood and parental responsibility are two themes explored in Emma's Fury through the character Mei Li - I don't think she was meant to be an evil character, but I really disliked her throughout and that's the sign of a well-developed character.
Celia and David were easily my favourite characters and I was fairly satisfied with how things turned out for them. Celia's scenes were highlights of the novel and David's fate was an unexpected twist. I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops in future novels.
Overall this is a very well written novel that fans of fantasy and mystery will no doubt enjoy - especially those who love mythology and Vampires.
I only have two criticisms of Emma's Fury, neither have an impact on my rating as their personal preferences rather than criticisms of the novel. The cover is the first. It doesn't give you any indication of what the novel is about. I feel like this is one of the major factors in the success of this novel as it's brilliantly written. The second criticism is that the second half of the novel moved too slowly for me in parts, before picking up again towards the end.
On a final note, I hope we learn more about Emma's history in future novels as I found this element particularly interesting. I enjoyed reading this for the @writing_show and I would definitely recommend it for Buffy and Angel fans.
WE GIVE EMMA'S FURY 5 STARS
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