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Sara's Review: Fury of a Phoenix (Nix #1) by Shannon Mayer


PUBLISHER: Hijinks Ink Publishing

RELEASED: July 11, 2017

GENRE: Paranormal, urban fantasy

LENGTH: 315 pages

FORMAT: ebook, Paperback







"I knew the sins of my past would call to collect what was left of my soul. If I'd known the price I'd pay, I would've sacrificed more to stay hidden from the magic." In the middle of Wyoming--away from the abnormals of the world--I thought I was free and clear. I started a new life. Found a love I'd never known in a husband, and a son who was my everything. And in a blinding instant, that life was stolen from me. The rage of a grieving mother is an ugly beast. More so when she has the skills and killer instinct to back up the wrath and the knowledge that an accident was anything but. Once more, I will pick up my guns. This time to hunt those who took my husband's and son's lives. Let them see the assassin, trained to kill abnormals, stalk the shadows again. Let them see the Phoenix rise from the fragments of a broken life as she burns with a fury that cannot be contained. Let the killing games begin.


I voluntarily received an ARC of Fury of a Phoenix in exchange for an honest review. And for the first time, I found it hard to get through one of Shannon’s books. Even though the story starts out tragic and the story is built so you want to be on Nix’s side I really wasn’t. Nix never became that character that I could love, like so many others that Shannon has written. She is a killer, without any other redeeming qualities than she loved her husband and son. Then you add in the talking guns and this book almost got a DNF.

I normally can finish one of Shannon’s books in a day maybe two, I struggled with this one. The story was drawn out with too many unnecessary details, and at when Nix was struggling with her rage and trying to recover it just became excessively repetitive. Once the story finally got moving say around 60/70% I was more engaged and it truly felt like one of Shannon’s books, with the nonstop action really picking up around 80%.

The problem with this story is Nix isn’t likable, she doesn’t really have a personality other than a cold-blooded killer out for revenge. That isn’t enough to make me love and care about her. Even though I didn’t like the talking gun part of the story, her guns had more personality than she did.

I am no longer in Shannon’s ARC group, so I doubt I will finish with this series, Nix just isn’t a character I care enough about to want to know how the story ends. I am giving Fury of a Phoenix 2.5 Boundless Stars, this could have been so much better, but I did like it more towards the end.

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