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Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Black Heart Loa by Adrian Phoenix

: Black Heart Loa
Author: Adrian Phoenix
Series: Hoodoo, book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket
Format: E-book
An eye for an eye is never enough.
Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.”
Black Heart Loa starts immediately after the events in Black Dust Mambo (book 1). Jackson is missing, Kallie, Belladona, Divinity and Gabrielle are deciding what to do next, when two men wearing ski masks and carrying guns break into their house, they are demanding the goods Jackson stole from them. But they underestimated this group of women. Minutes after their break in these men (Cash and Kerry) find themselves gun-less and cowering. After some interrogating they disclosed information regarding Jackson whereabouts. They were not the men that took him, but they saw when he was taken and they didn’t do anything to stop it. To infuriate Kallie and the others even more they acknowledge to have followed Jackson’s car and seeing how this group of people had buried Jackson alive. Kallie and Belladona take Kerry with them and go in search of the place where Jackson is buried hoping they won’t arrive to late to rescuing him.
Other things are happening at the same time, magic is backfiring, spell casts are going a skew and to complete this madness the wards designed to protect the golf coast from hurricanes are acting contrary as they should, calling a big hurricane to the land.

The characters in this series are different and non-ordinary. The world Mrs. Phoenix has created is unique and interesting, with the hoodoo, voodoo, Loas and its magic.

The characters have strong interrelationships. They know and care for each other. Their love is real and tangible, even though sometimes the “methods” they use on each other seem a little bit unorthodox.
I love the relationship between Kallie and Belladona; they felt almost as sisters. Their banter and witty remarks made this a still more enjoyable read.

We see again the sexy nomad Layne Valin… I usually don’t like dreads but I think they should look mighty sexy on Layne, so he is forgiven for having them. We learn a lot more about Jackson, Mrs. Phoenix really surprised me with his story, in a good way, as always. A new character is introduced his name is Devlin Daniels and let’s say he intrigues me very, very, very much. I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Phoenix has in stock for him.

My final thought: Black Heart Loa is a great addition to this series. It has everything a good Urban Fantasy book should have, action, intrigues, smexiness, great plot and interesting characters. Mrs. Phoenix entangled me with her magic writing in this wonderful book, demonstrating me once more why she is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors.
This book should not be read as a stand-alone, it should be read after Black Dust Mambo.
I cannot recommend you enough this book, this series and this author. If you haven’t read anything from Mrs. Phoenix you are missing one of the best masterminds of this genre.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Black Dust Mambo
Black Heart Loa

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I know I'm missing out a lot on here! I've heard so many good things about Adrian and her work but I haven't been able to try anything out yet. :-( Very depressing. Great review thought Marcela. :-)

  2. Deanna, Thank you! Yes, whenever you have some time you should try one of her series. She is really a great writer.


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