Review: The Bonding Spell
To be honest, I am already an avid fan of author Mary Doyle, and love the Master Sergeant Harper mystery series as well as the Limited Partnership stories. I was excited to learn that she was starting a new series, and was offered the chance to read and review an ARC.
This author excels at creating dynamic, strong female protagonists. In this series, our heroine is named Hester Trueblood. After picking up a coin in the desert, she finds herself as the vessel for the ancient Summarian goddess Inanna. Hester, along with two devoted companions named Rashid and Quincy, battle the monsters that go bump in the night. The god Gilgamesh (Gil) also co-exists with a human host, and is Inanna’s soul mate. The tension between Hester and Inanna is palpable, especially where Gil is concerned. I enjoyed watching the chemistry between Hester and Gil unfold – it adds just the right amount of spice to the action-packed story.
The Bonding Spell also has a mystery twisted into the story, with a surprise ending. Hester must find out who is behind the summoning of some dark and ancient magic. It threatens the lives of herself, her companions and her sisters, and brings to light dark secrets that were better left buried. The characters in this story are so dimensional, and you feel drawn into the plot and into their lives. I also really enjoyed the guard cats, Slate and Granite. If this was a movie, I’d say they stole the show. Truly, I could not put this book down! I highly recommend this story. It is the perfect combination of supernatural suspense, some spicy romance and a twisting mystery.