Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) by Deanna Chase (review)

October 3, 2014 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy 0 ★★★★

Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) by Deanna Chase (review)Influential Magic by Deanna Chase
Published by Bayou Moon Press, LLC on March 3rd, 2013
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead. 

In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.

Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust. Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.


I love how the Fae are portrayed in the book. The author fleshed them out wonderfully well, all the little quirks and explanations about what will sap their powers, as well as what will boost them. So many authors make the mistake of making their main character all-powerful or perfect. Willow is shown to have both strengths and weaknesses, and it makes for a more realistic read. (And yes, I did just say ‘realistic’ about a fantasy novel!)

I also got easily and quickly attached to the characters. Willow’s best female friend and usual partner Phoebe quickly became a favorite. As did her childhood friend Talisen. There is a romance element all through out the book. Both Talisen and David, Willow’s ex-boyfriend vie for Willow. But there is also a huge amount of mystery and adventure. Some of the twists I expected, but quite a number of them were a complete surprise. I’ll be picking up the 2nd book in the series to find out if the rest is as interesting as this first book was. I would definitely recommend this book.


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