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Book Review: Gray Seas (Black Hat Bureau - Book 8) by Hailey Edwards

Gray Seas (Black Hat Bureau - Book 8)
by Hailey Edwards
June 27, 2023
Pages: 246
After the challenge for the throne of Hael went sideways, Rue expected Stavros to place a bounty on Asa’s head, but she didn’t expect him to pin an even bigger target on her back. Then again, it was her fault he was forced to turn tail and run from the fight during a live broadcast to the entire kingdom. That had to sting his pride. Life would have been so much simpler if only he had been incinerated by her magic along with the rest of the arena.

But simple is one thing Rue’s life has never been. And things keep getting more complicated when a stalker turns to murder, carving messages into the bodies of his victims. With a killer on her trail, she ought to be focused on staying alive, but a hot tip on another case leads her into the bowels of the Black Hat compound, where Rue discovers a world of secrets and lies that just might bring the Bureau crashing to its knees.

Rue’s love for Asa literally blew up the challenge between Asa (as Blay) and Stavros which she figured would put a price on Asa head but instead it put a huge target on Rue’s back (like she doesn’t have enough of those already). Rue comes up with a plan to hopefully take Stavros out of the equation and prays it works for both of their sakes. To complicate matters someone is sending Rue’s messages by carving into the victim’s bodies plus it seems someone else is also trying to kill her.

Through the series, we’ve seen Rue grow as a gray witch and the empathy she now has for others is something that still surprises her and her fellow agents. She is trying really hard to keep up her bad girl image so those within the Black Hat Bureau don’t realize she is no longer a black witch but that’s easier said then done. Rue’s team is just a lot of fun. You’ve got Blay (Asa’s beast) who is like a little kid in a daemon body, Clay might be a golem who can be controlled but is the king of fun and then there’s Colby, the person who Rue cares more about in the whole world than anything, is full of love, sassiness and brains making this rag tag team one you would want to partner with anytime. 

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Denise B
About the Author:
USA Today best-selling author Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy.

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