Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightening. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart.
Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.
The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.
Yet Taran must learn and learn fast.
My focus drifts to my sisters. “Do what you have to and stay safe. Don’t worry about me.”
It’s a stupid thing to say. Of course they’ll worry. For once in our lives I’m the one who needs coddling. Not that I don’t absolutely hate it.
My hiking boots press into the ground as we move away from the road. They’re not what I count as cute shoes. But since my cute clothes tend to end up covered with blood and smelly supernatural fluids, here I am in jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and vest, and yeah, the hiking boots.
Bren leaps over a thick section of brush, landing smoothly as I try to figure out the closest way in. “It’s clear,” he says. “Come on.”
He means the first few feet are clear. I can’t see jack over these thick brambles. I look hopelessly to Emme, wishing I didn’t have to. She regards me almost apologetically, realizing what I’m asking her to do.
Emme is good at a lot of things: baking, scrapbooking, and keeping up on all our collective bills. But her aim sucks. So when she throws me over the brush with her force, it takes all I have not to scream. Thankfully Bren is good at catching, no matter how bad the throw.
“Christ,” I mutter as he eases me down.
Shayna inherited a bit of were from Koda’s essence. And while she’ll never heal or run as fast as a were, he gave her enough agility to clear the thick brambles without Emme’s help.
Poor Emme. Her aim isn’t any better on herself. Bren has to “go long” to keep her from slamming into a tree when she launches herself forward.
Shayna and I jog ahead to where Bren is lowering Emme to the ground. He kisses her cheek, a show of affection he often demonstrates to us, but this time she doesn’t welcome it like she once did. She meets his eyes, backing away slowly, as if she’s afraid to step too close. Bren frowns, speaking low. Emme answers with a nod, but again steps further away from him.
Shayna doesn’t seem to notice, skipping across the rugged terrain as if we’re out for a stroll and not walking into some evil crap we may have to kill before it rips us apart. But I notice. Something is definitely up with Emme. I stiffen when he strokes her cheek. And son of a bitch, it may have to do with Bren!
AMANDA’S REVIEW: “Of Flame and Light” is the seventh novel in Cecy Robson’s series The Weird Girls. The book focuses on one of the sisters, Taran, who has the ability to conjure fire and lightning; however, she has the small issue of a zombie-like arm that’s unpredictable and well, her power is trying to eat her alive.
I will admit that I was a bit lost when I first started reading this book as I hadn’t read the other six books before starting this one; however, it didn’t take me long to catch up with who was who.
Taran is a unique character. She’s headstrong and stubborn. She has a mouth on her. She’s struggling. And yet you feel sorry for her, you sympathize with her as she swallows her pride to ask for help from a coven of witches who tried to banish her and her sisters when they first arrived. She’s angry, she’s bitter, she’s hurting. And you feel all of these things with her as you follow along with her story.
It was easy to connect with Taran, easy to watch her grow as her story unfolds.
The storyline flowed well and drew me in so much that I had trouble putting the book down. The journey had it’s ups and downs, there was action, emotion, laughter and tears.
I’ll definitely be checking out the other books as I’m curious about the other characters.
DISCLAIMER: I requested an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Of Flame & Light so that I could participate in the review tour through Tasty Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
AMANDA’S RATING: ****