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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Book Review: The Stars Afire: (An Elemental Mysteries Anthology) by Elizabeth Hunter

The Stars Afire: (An Elemental Mysteries Anthology)
by Elizabeth Hunter
December 4, 2018
Pages: 182
A new anthology of short fiction featuring your favorite characters from the Elemental Mysteries.

In Lost Letters and Christmas Lights, Christmas in Rome wasn’t quite what Giovanni and Beatrice had in mind, until a set of misplaced letters leads them back to their library in the heart of Italy. Serafina Rossi hadn’t expected vampires for Christmas, but the thought of meeting the cantankerous and intriguing ally of her employers was more than she could resist.

Giovanni Vecchio has a headache, and Richard Montegu is it. In Finding Richard, Giovanni and Beatrice head east to New York City in order to take care of a little problem who’s been spotted off-off-Broadway.

Giovanni and Beatrice return to Italy in Desires of the Heart. With their nephew growing older every year, Giovanni and Beatrice travel to Rome for the holidays, this time with a new vision for their future and the future of their family.

The Stars Afire is a short story and novella anthology in the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. It includes new and previously published material.

The Stars Afire is an anthology of short stories that feature characters from the Elemental Mysteries series. Some of the stories are scenes you will recognize from your favorite books while others are new short stories that will leave you wanting more from the Elemental Mysteries series.

In Lost Letters and Christmas Lights, Giovanni and Beatrice head to their library in Italy to research letters that may lead to a specific book that Beatrice’s elusive client has been wanting. Serafina Rossi, heads up one of the Vecchio libraries and is asked to work with Beatrice in locating the missing book alongside a vampire that Fina has been corresponding with via letters for the last couple of years. All the ingredients are here for a nice romantic Christmas story.

Finding Richard is the next short story in this anthology that has Giovanni looking for Richard Montegu who has been a headache for Gio off and on forever that Gio is convinced that Richard might have finally pushed too far with the vampire society. Gio and Beatrice head to New York to investigate what Richard is actually up to and are surprised by what they find. This little story was so fun and light that it will leave a smile on your face.

Finally, the book is wrapped up with Desires of the Heart where Gio and Bea return to Italy once again to address what their family dynamic needs. Ben is growing older and both Gio and Bea want to continue to grow as a family by helping other kids. This story seems to be the start of a new book that I hope that we will get to see very soon by Hunter.

All in all, this was a fantastic anthology and was a pleasure to read.

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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