Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson is an urban fantasy full of action and suspense, witches, werewolves, and vampires. Did I like it?
Well enough to gobble the next three books in a matter of days. Is it for everyone? Probably not, but I enjoy urban fantasy and all of the concomitant creatures that are usually found in the genre.
Opening line: "The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day."
Allison "Lex" Luther, an army veteran, feels compelled to protect her niece after Lex's twin sister is murdered. The story opens with a bang when Lex realizes her niece has been kidnapped and in her attempts to stop the kidnappers, she is killed. When she come to, she realizes she has miraculously survived (again), and she discovers that the reason she survived is because she is a boundary witch; learns there is an Old World of witches, vampires, and werewolves; makes a deal with the cardinal vampire; and takes lessons in witch magic.
This first book does a lot of world building and character introduction, but it engaged me immediately.
Urban Fantasy. May 2015. Print length: 322 pages.
Boundary Lines, book 2 in the Boundary Magic series, has Lex trying to adjust to her new understanding of the Old World and her recently acknowledged witch powers.
Magic goes haywire, two vampires disappear, a magical snake-like creature is eating folks, and Lex and Quinn are assigned by Maven to investigate. Lex interviews the ghost of a boundary witch (who owned a brothel in another century) to get more information about ley lines.
Although the local clan of witches are not very accepting of Lex (understatement), her friendship with Simon and Lily continues to grow. There comes a point that means the three Old World creatures must unite to overcome the present danger.
Another fun adventure that has humor, suspense, and action-packed scenes.
Urban Fantasy. Oct. 2015. Print length: 304 pages.
Oops--Lex's father shows up, and he's...nope not going there, it would be a spoiler, but we do learn more about Lex's background.
Vampires are being poisoned by a deadly Belladonna strain. Who is the real target?
I like the way the characters work together; there are friendships that Lex can count on and even the different races often have to put aside grievances at times.
Urban Fantasy. July 2016. Print length: 290 pages.
"The times they are a-changin' " in two ways in Boundary Broken. One--the book begins two years after the previous installment, and Two--changes are in the forecast for the way the Old World and the three races relate to each other.
A figure from a previous book reappears (this was not unexpected), and an insurgency is in the making.
Actually, several characters from previous books make an appearance, and the hint of a new, unknown enemy left me happy to expect another book in the series.
Urban Fantasy. March 2019. Print length: 347 pages.
If you enjoy Urban Fantasy, this may be a series you would enjoy. I certainly have been glued to the "pages" of all four books. I do recommend beginning with the first in the series with the caution that it could be addictive.