Title: Midnight Burning
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC.
Date Published: July 7, 2015
Read: January 22, 2016
Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.
As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.
I am a sucker for anything supernatural, mythological, historical, and, generally, feels like a learning experience. The story starts off slow and is clearly set up as a mystery, but is otherwise, quite mundane. Just a young woman looking for her brother's murderer, right? I was more than happy to learn I was right and wrong! The hook for me was subtle: Solina's visions of her twin brother's murder. Other than that one mention, I didn't read anything with supernatural undertones for a few chapters! The author was clever enough to leave it at that one line and didn't go into detail so I was left wondering to myself if maybe it had only been a fluke, maybe leftovers from a previous editing session?
I was hooked, line and sinker! I thought I was the fisherman, all the while being silly enough to not notice when I was the one being reeled in. The story unfolded at a great pace and I always appreciate a strong female protagonist point of view.
There is a bit of romance, befitting any story written. Solina's romantic interest seems obvious at first, but again, Laurel comes in with an unseen hook. I enjoy surprises like this talented author has been giving me.
My only disappointment with this novel is my own fault: I hadn't been anticipating the end of it until the last words. Another surprise! Time to get the next in the series!