Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Wizard War (The Wizard Halls Chronicles Book 3) by Sheryl Steines.
About the Book: Eight months ago, Annie Pearce, closed the murder investigation of Princess Amelie of Amborix and put her killer in prison. So receiving a newspaper article with a picture of the princess alive and well, walking the streets of Paris, left Annie shocked and confused.
Who sent the picture?
With the threat of exposure hanging over her, Annie and her wizard guard partner, Spencer Ray chase the wily, young, vampire across Europe attempting to stop her murderous streak. When finding the vampire seems nearly impossible, Annie seeks out an old nemesis, Sturtagaard the vampire, to help them kill the demon princess.
But all is not as it seems. As Annie traipses across the jurisdiction of other wizard guard units, who blame her for the situation, tensions rise. A vulnerable Annie, must push aside her self-doubt and focus her energy on stopping the vampire. If she’s not careful, all her plans can lead to a wizard war, one that only she can stop.
My Review: The first two books in this series were fun and at times intense adventures into the world Sheryl Steines created, and this one didn’t disappoint. The story was engaging and fast moving, making it extremely hard to put the book down. The characters, locations, and events were well-described and fleshed out, making the world as real as the one we live in.
The characters were just as well written, led by the main character, Annie. While intelligent, witty, and good at her job, Annie is often her own worst enemy. I can sympathize with her as I do the second guessing game, too, and it became her biggest obstacle in the story as it made her passive and the derision and grief she received from others tore into her a lot worse than it should have.
With that being said, I do have to say I felt bad for Princess Amelia as the story unfolded. She proved to be a deeper, yet more sensitive character than I expected, and most of that stemmed from other means aside from her. It’s difficult to explain, but I don’t want to say anymore as it may spoil the story. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to understand what I mean.