Thursday 25 March 2021



Unsympathetic Magic (Esther Diamond, #3)Unsympathetic Magic by Laura Resnick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, it's time to get stuck into the third book in the super fun Esther Diamond urban fantasy series featuring my favourite struggling actress, the ex who's a cop, and her good friend the 350-year-old mage.

Esther's finally got herself an acting gig on a TV show that has a cult following. Sure, she's playing a homeless bisexual junkie prostitute and her co-star ends up having a medical emergency, but it's an acting job. Too bad she stumbles on some gargoyles attacking a guy in an alley, because she ends up right in the middle of some Vodou trouble in Harlem...

OMG. The first two chapters were hilarious and so uncomfortable. Hilarious because Esther kept falling headfirst into unnatural trouble when all she wanted was a meal. Uncomfortable because I could feel her discomfort wearing that damn costume for so long. 😳

I also liked the new cast of characters that were introduced in this installment, and how it expanded on the magical side of New York. I get a real sense of location, no matter what part of the city Esther wanders into and love that about this series.

Oh, and we're dealing with voodoo... I mean, Vodou. So of course I was interested! And enjoyed this version of a familiar topic and trope. Love how this world contains so many tropes and creatures, but with a slightly different spin. It gives the story and events a nice and unique edge.

I enjoyed the hell out of the whole thing but especially found the last two chapters SO cool. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

And like the previous two books, this one also featured a nasty villain. So I'm looking forward to finding out what/who Esther and Max have to go against next...

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