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Monday, December 7, 2015

Double Book Review: Death’s Daughter (Realm Walker Series) Book 2 by Kathleen Collins

Death’s Daughter (Realm Walker Series) Book 2
by Kathleen Collins
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Publisher: Carina press
ISBN: 9781426898112
Word Count: 68,000
Juliana Norris, Realm Walker with the Agency, is an Altered. A fact that she runs up against every time she’s forced to work with human police officers, and their species-ist commissioner, on cases they can’t solve themselves. Which happens more than they would like to admit.

Her gift—the quality that makes her the best Realm Walker in the business, without boast—is the ability to read magical signatures. Whether the gift came from her father, the dark fae god of death, or the mage mother she can’t remember, is anyone’s guess. And when Altered children start going missing with only wild magical signatures as clues, her heritage is the last thing on her mind.

She can’t afford such distractions, and she definitely can’t afford to worry about the fact that her mate, master vampire Thomas Kendrick, hasn’t spoken to her since she saved him from a demon—maybe it’s because she had to stab him to do so. Because whoever is kidnapping these children must be very powerful to wield wild magic. Very powerful, and very dangerous indeed.

Jeanie G. Review
WHEW....I sure am glad I went ahead and read the second book in Ms. Collins "Realm Walker" series! From the first few pages I knew I was going to be "all in" with this story.

More background information and power descriptions along with a great setup for the storyline. I now have a better feel for Juliana and her cohorts. The reading was engaging and the characters believable (even in a paranormal way!). Even though I am glad I read book 1 I think it could almost stand alone on it's own merits.

Juliana is a much more believable Realm Walker and female heroine. Her interactions with her mate Thomas are more fun and understandable. This couple so remind me of another series of books by J.D.Robb (not in the paranormal genre) which I adore. Head strong independent heroine and rich, powerful "mate" wanting to do nothing more than love and protect her. Hmmmm, I think I would have caved a little faster than Juliana but the relationship in this book is not corny or unbelievable. A little more human feelings and tugging of the heartstrings..."cue the violins please!".

The crime mystery is also very well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I didn't want to put this story down and that is a big factor in my ratings. There were a couple x-rated love scenes which kind of threw me for a minute but even though some of the descriptions may not have been absolutely necessary in this story, I didn't feel it detracted from the overall intention of the author.

I enjoyed this book more than the first and am looking forward to reading the 3rd in the series. I hope you paid attention to my review on the first book and picked it up....and by all means, it's worth it to get to the second book!

I give this book 4 1/2 sheep!

Pamela Kinney Review
Julianna Norris, her vampire mate, Thomas, and friends and those she works with as a realm walker for the Agency, return in this sequel to Realm Walker. This time, someone is kidnapping children half altered and half human from literally under their parents’ noses. Called in to assist Commissioner Phipps and the local human police department, the first two children—the Hunter twins—turn up. Dead. A wild magic attached to her. Magic that takes great power to wield it. As she finds out something is taken from the twins. Their eyes. Such as happens with the next dead child found by the ocean, something taken from that one. Julianna finds out that there were Altered half-breed others taken, from up and down the coast, before the first child and Phipps knew about it. No longer a local crime, but one belonging in the Agency’s hands. It is a race to discover who is the serial killer. More, she has her mate to contend with, who is searching for the vampire who harmed her when he left years ago.

Finally, there will be passion exploding between Thomas and Julianna. Something missing from the first book. But there is danger for the walker, too, as suspense mixes well with the paranormal.

Deaths Daughter does not disappoint, though not as super as the first book. I figured out the killer by midway and wanted to smack Julianna for the way she acted to Thomas. I hope that the third book will bring up the bar again. Still, the story is wonderful, and this time there is the hot sex and passionate tension.

I give Death’s Daughter 4 stars.

The click of the mechanism echoed through the alleyway. She eased the door open and stepped inside. Soft lights illuminated the hallway, giving her just enough light to see and casting just enough shadow for something sinister to hide in. She listened for any sound to indicate she wasn’t alone. Nothing.

Stairs ascended into the darkness at the end of the hallway. She kept her back to the wall as she eased toward them, checking doors as she passed. All locked. She wasn’t going to take the time to unlock and search rooms. Her target would vanish from the roof long before she arrived if she stopped to check every office on the way up. She continued to scan for signatures with her gift.

She reached the stairs and started up, ignoring the paranoia that swamped her at leaving her back exposed to the blackness below. She was too old to be afraid of the dark, or at least too old to admit to it. At every landing, she paused to listen for any sound. Nothing but her own breathing reached her ears. When she reached the access door for the roof, she ran her fingers over the lock, willed it to let her pass.

She opened the door trying to make as little noise as possible and quickly realized she needn’t have bothered.

An insect-like fae with skin the color of moss sat cross-legged in the middle of the roof watching the door. Small in stature, almost the size of a child, the fae possessed a set of four emerald green wings. It lacked any sort of signature.

The door shut behind Juliana and she took a deep breath. Cinder and ashes. Fear settled in her belly like a lead weight.

“Hello, Hound,”

About the Author:
Kathleen Collins lives and works in Missouri. By day, she labors in the local prosecutor's office. At night she writes while surrounded by her husband, two boys and two loveable mutts. She is constantly thinking of her next project and loves to connect with her readers. You can find her most often on Facebook or on her website.

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