Night Magick (ARC review) – A race against time


The following review is part of my being in the author’s review team, which ensures that you can read it before the book comes out.


Some books make me drop everything else that I am reading in order to delve into the new story… and it doesn’t mean “because I’m on the author’s review team”, since the current review is only my second as part of Michelle M. Pillow’s review team. No. It’s because Warlocks MacGregor is one of my favourite series ever. So every new MacGregor book takes precedence over anything else that I’m reading, and the rest be damned, with absolutely no regrets! One of the rare series that fit this bill. In fact, I even dropped the ARC that I was reading in order to read this one.

I don’t regret it one bit! At least, this time, I didn’t bawl my eyes out because I was so happy for the character! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out my review of the previous MacGregor book, A Dash of Destiny, which was the book about my favourite of all the MacGregors.

Night Magick, incidentally, is about Rory’s sister, Maura, and the owner of the Crimson Tavern, Southern dhampir Curtis Jefferson. And I will say this now: once you start it, you cannot put it down!

What the book is about

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Night Magick

Series: Warlocks MacGregor, Book 9

Author: Michelle M. Pillow

Publisher: The Raven Books LLC

Date published: 20 October, 2021

Pages: 256

Synopsis:

Maura might be new to the supernatural town of Green Vallis, but this isn’t her first dance with the devil.

Half vampire, half human and full bar owner, Curtis Jefferson has spent a lifetime running from his vampiric ancestor. When the old nemesis finally catches up to him, it’s only by a freak accident that he’s not killed. But now the beautiful woman who saved his life has a target on her back.

As the new owner of the local motel, Maura MacGregor doesn’t have to live at the family mansion, affording her the ability to stay out of the limelight. She never thought the famed Warlock MacGregors’ magickal troubles would manifest by way of a tall, dark, and hunky bar owner, but she doesn’t get to make the rules. Fate does.

Instant love and time travel

Until the moment she saves his life, Maura had never met Curtis, not even when her extended family (her two siblings, twins Rory and Bruce, her many cousins, and their respective spouses) went to savour the Crimson Tavern’s famous tater tot nachos. Hence her then falling instantly, head over heels in love with him.

What neither of them knew was that a ghost army would drag them to post Civil War Mississipi, where they would save someone important… and bring that person back in the present with them!

There starts a race against time itself to not only go back in the past to bring the person back, but also to save their budding love and their own lives.

A real roller-coaster ride packed full of action, mischief, love, magick, and the usual laughs.

Oh, and Gremians, of course! For what would a story featuring the Scottish Warlocks be without the accursed creatures?

The darkest of the series

Night Magick might be filled to the brim with our favourite Scottish family, but the presence of a dhampir and, most of all, of a nest of vampires, combine to make it the darkest book of the series so far. Yes, darker than the bog witch, and darker than the Liderc.

In fact, those familiar with Michelle’s books will understand when I draw a parallel between this book and her Tribes of the Vampire series, although with more laughter. In other words, it’s a wee turn into dark paranormal for the MacGregors, but one that is only fitting to Maura’s and Curtis’s story.

There is a reason for it to be a book that was impossible to put down until the end, after all! The presence of the fanged menace make for a story that is packed with tons of action, and more than one moment where I ended up reading with bated breath. In the best of ways. Me lovey tons of paranormal action!

Little known traits

Night Magick also expands on traits that we knew of in some characters. For instance, we knew from the start that Cait, Maura’s and the twins’ mother, is an accomplished healer, and we can see the magnitude of her gift in some parts of the book. The same can be said about Margareta MacGregor (Erik’s, Iain’s, Niall’s, Malina’s, Euann’s, and Kenneth’s mum), although in her case, the amplitude of her gifts came as a revelation, despite having seen glimpses of them in previous books. When combined, her strengths and Cait’s are quite special.

Talking about special, I will only say one word: Jewel, Kenneth’s phoenix daughter. The child is not only delightful; she is extremely powerful, which we knew, of course, but which we’re seeing a whole other side of!

And there is Raibeart, of course, of whom we saw many capabilities apart of his drunken craziness, something that we see more of in this book, preparing us for (gasp!) the next one, which will be his own story.

My verdict

A love story that literally stands the test of time (travel), MacGregors in kilts, a sexy Southern tavern owner, a cute phoenix, Gremians, and Uncle Raibeart: what’s there not to love? Yes, I am also very partial to dark paranormal, which is another reason to love Night Magick to bits.

Like any book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but I will never tire of recommending that you read the whole series, either before this one or afterwards, because let’s face it: it is franfriggintastic!

Next up (and cue disappointed ladies): Uncle Raibeart in A Streak of Lightning, which is scheduled to come out in 2022.

But for now, it is time to say that I would give 1,000 stars if I could, but I have to settle for

An out-of-time five stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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