Shadowblade Max can’t catch a break! Though she managed to avert one apocalyptic confrontation, there are more on the horizon. Part of what makes Max such a mesmerizing character is her sense of honor, even when under the yoke of magical slavery. For the latest in the Horngate Witches series, the talented Francis splits the action between Max’s adventures and those of Alexander back in Horngate. One of the most intriguing and compelling UF series around.

To save Horngate, witch Giselle traded Max for the assistance of the demi-god known irreverently as Scooter. As Scooter forces Max to unleash new powers, she learns she is actually on a rescue mission, for unless Max can breach the Shadow City and retrieve body parts stolen from Scooter, he will die. Meanwhile, Alexander refuses to become Prime in hopes of Max’s return. He may have little choice, however, when a horrific act incites the birth of a deadly Fury … something that has never been successfully stopped before. (POCKET, Jan., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith