Stone Cold by Devon Monk
Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”—those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy—rogue magic user Eli Collins.
Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them—because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world...and magic itself.
Rate & take
This is a spin off book from the Allie Beckstrom series, that I was sad to see come to an end last year. I adore the wise cracking Shame and knew I had to read this and bonus I got a chance to visit with the whole gang once again. Somehow I missed book one as this title is listed as book two (and final book in this story line) but let's keep that between us, I would not want to loose my Epic Reader street cred over my faux pas. This book read very well as a stand alone so I don't feel inclined to back track to book one.
Now the review. For the first 10% of the book I thought it was either that I'd lost the thread of the characters or the author had written a very one dimensional story. Now that I have finished the book I think it was a deliberate writing tool used to highlight how rough things really were at the opening of our story. Once I got over this first bit I'm sure I did a big internal WHEW! when I realized my lovely friends were as great as I remembered them and the author hadn't lost her s#*! after all. Great reading fun all the way round.