Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: A Fistful of Evil (Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer, Book 1) by Rebecca Chastain

About A Fistful of Evil:

Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 2622 KB
Print Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Mind Your Muse Books (August 18, 2014)
Publication Date: August 18, 2014

Madison Fox has has soul-sight for as long as she can remember.  The problem with soul-sight?  She doesn't really understand what it is or why she has it.  

Madison is also unemployed.  She answers an ad for a bumper sticker factory because ~ Hey! A job is a job.  During a very strange interview it is revealed that she may be a rogue Illuminant Enforcer (IE).  The person interviewing her goes about his business as though Madison has a clue what he's talking about, except she doesn't really.  

Hoodwinked into taking the IE job (she has bills to pay after all), Madison learns exactly what her soul-sight is, what it's used for, and that she's seriously behind in her training and abilities.  As a newbie that's clueless, one would think that training would be essential, but there isn't time to catch her up or hone her skills.  Evil has infiltrated in the form of a Video Game Con.  

Now, dressed up as a very well-endowed Lara Croft, Madison has to figure out who is behind the multiplying evil entities and their plan to overrun Madison's zone.  

This is a very interesting first book in a new Urban Fantasy series. Madison Fox is a wishy-washy type of character. I say that with love since I'm not sure how I would be if I suddenly found out that I was an instrument in the abolishing of demons. One minute she okay with things, then she's not. Next thing you know, she's ignoring the commands from higher up, getting herself in trouble, and endangering others. After she finally embraces what she is, Madison feels stifled and restricted when higher ups decide that she is to observe and report - no engaging the evil.

Madison was a well-written character. She's snarky and has a sense of humor that had my smiling more than once. She's also the typical jump in with both feet and ignore danger type of heroine. She's constantly putting herself in dangerous situations without any backup. While, it is kind of annoying, I applaud her tenacity. Letting the demons and minions run rampant would not do well for the oblivious citizens. Being restricted by her boss makes Madison feel helpless and doesn't at all boost any sort of confidence. However, all of that said, she does NOT follow the rules set forth to her by her supervisor and there are consequences.

Rebecca Chastain has written a very engaging UF novel.  I was drawn in to the unique plot and interesting characters.  Overall, the book flows well and next thing you know, you're at the end.  The book has action, suspense, and twists and turns galore.  I'm very impressed with Book 1 in the Illuminant Enforcer series.

I await Book 2, A Fistful of Fire, eagerly.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

Rebecca Chastain is an International Amazon Top 100 Fantasy Bestselling author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

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1 comment:

Rebecca Chastain said...

Thank you for the wonderful review!