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Heretic (Hellmage Chronicles, #1) by Jennifer deBie

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#Dark, #Fantasy, #Paranormal, #Romance,

The Hellmages, outcasts who feed on the deaths of friends, enemies, and each other, are shaking the earth, killing powerful mages, causing the kind of destruction the Mages’ Council was created to stop.

Siraj, a Lightkeeper who wields sunlight as a weapon and carries purification in his hands, is the only one who can meet with a Hellmage, find out who is upsetting the balance, and walk away unscathed, but there’s a problem.

The Hellmage he meets doesn’t know the earthshaker and magekiller either, but now she’s curious and if there’s anything worse than a curious Hellmage, it’s one who doesn’t fear being burned to death by a Lightkeeper’s touch.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Somebody has killed an earth mage it's up to light keeper Sira, with the help of a Hellmage Jana to find who has committed the dreadful crime. Will they be able to work together or will their differences stop them from finding the abomination who's committed the act?

For saying that this book has a lot of fighting, lust and sex, it's quite gentle - who knew that could happen? It is a nice easy read with lots of action but made me eager to find out who was doing what. I couldn't read it fast enough. A couple of times I did find myself getting a bit confused over which character was talking but after re-reading the start I soon got my head straight and was able to continue without too much disruption.

A fantastic read.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Jennifer deBie is a native Texan living in Ireland where she earned an MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork in 2017 and PhD in Mary Shelley in 2021. She has been widely published in the US and abroad, with works appearing in anthologies by Raven Chronicles Press, PactPress, Kallisto Gaia Press, and Manawaker Studios, and in journals like For Women Who Roar and True Chili. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Jennifer enjoys typical millennial pastimes like eating brunch and neglecting her blog, where infrequent updates on her life and writing can be found.

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