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Kick-ass Characters in a Thrilling Supernatural Series

This is a first for me. (Although I know it won’t be the last… unless you guys hate the format, then I’ll break it all down a bit more, lol)

I’m reviewing an entire series in one massive, awesome post. So get comfy, grab a drink, and enjoy.

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Broad Strokes:The Maurin Kincade Series

Before I get into each book separately, here’s a brief summary of the series and my overall impression.

The Big Picture Bullet Points

  • A world were “Others” (vampires, werewolves, and all of the things that go bump in the night) exist and live side by side with normal Humans
  • Sassy, funny, stubborn and bad-ass leading lady
  • Scary and romantic vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Evil Fae creatures
  • Prophecies
  • Romance
  • An Epic adventure contained in each book that leaves you ravenous for more

Overall

The Maurin Kincaid series is like reading the book version of Buffy the Vampire slayer mixed with it’s own original flair. And as a massive fan of the show I mean that in the best possible way.

This series made me look like crazed bookworm wherever I went. I would giggle, straight out laugh, cry, and gasp out things like “No!” and “Why are you so stubborn?! Kiss him already!”

This series is one where it starts off a little rough around the edges but has a rock-solid group of characters in a world I wanted to lose myself in which matured from book to book. By the end of the last one, I was hooked.

I loved every minute of reading this series and I’m officially adding Rachel Rawlings to my list of favorite authors.

If you read no further than this paragraph. Just go buy and read all of these books. They are the kind of Paranormal Urban Fantasy that is entirely worth your time.

[You can fin the whole series here]

On to the details!

The Morrigna

The Maurin Kincade Series Book One

by Rachel Rawlings

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis

Maurin Kincaide is a pyschometric (can read people’s minds through contact with their fingerprints) working for Salem’s Preternatural Task Force as an interrogator.

She was able to crack even the most hardened criminals into confessions until the day she had to trade in her badge for an ancient Celtic sword.

In one day she goes from outcast of society to the only hope it has to survive an attack by some powerful and angry Celtic goddesses and their demon army.

She’s thrown into a world of magic, prophecies, and danger. And as long as she gets to finish her cup of coffee first, she’s ready to take it on.

My Thoughts

This book stole my heart immediately even through out of the whole series this is the book with the most notable flaws.

The Rough Edges

Like I mentioned in the intro this book has a few rough edges which get polished away by the sequels into ongoing jokes.

The biggest thing that bothered me was how often Maurin seems to space out and follow random trains of thought for far too long. This was most apparent during the battle sequence near the end. Bodies are exploding all around her and Maurin is explaining what she knows about the villains instead of stabbing them.

These space-cadet moments become a running joke in the rest of the series and actually became my third favorite quality in Maurin. (the 1st is her caffeine addiction, the 2nd is her short-fused temper.) In the following books she still lets her thoughts wander at weird moments, but the other characters call her out on it constantly. It was so funny.

This book also holds my favorite story arch and subtly introduced subplots that became important in the following books.

Verdict

4.5 out of 5 stars – the adventure is epic, the characters are amazing, and the stories that are set up in this book set the tone for the whole series. I loved it.

This Book is free, you can snag your copy here

Witch Hunt

The Maurin Kincade Series Book Two

by Rachel Rawlings

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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Three dead witches and she could be next.

Three dead witches, three cryptic clues, no sign of the killers and the Salem coven is losing allies within the Council.

If Maurin and her unlikely partner Captain Matthison can’t stop the killers, the Witch City might be without its namesake.

During what should have been a routine meeting with her former Captain, Maurin is brought in on a murder investigation. A murder investigation that could lead to her being the next victim.

No longer a member of Salem’s Preternatural Task Force Maurin is the new liaison for The Council, governing body of Others.

MY THOUGHTS

And here is where the series hits it’s stride. Love triangles, horrific serial-killer style attacks and a twist that guides Maurin to beginning to understand what her destiny is.

I loved the blend of humor, action and supernatural CSI that happens in this book and I could not put it down.

One thing Rawlings knows how to do is write a fast-paced exciting novel

VERDICT

5 out of 5 stars – zero complaints. Although I will say that Maurin’s love affair with coffee had me brewing up a few more cups than ordinary for myself.

Wolfsbane

The Maurin Kincade Series Book Three

by Rachel Rawlings

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis

Given the choice between her sister’s wedding and witnessing the challenge for Alpha of the Salem pack, Maurin knows exactly where she’d rather be. Smack dead center in a pack of snarling werewolves wearing eau de filet mignon.

Until Francesca takes off the morning of her wedding. Being her sister’s keeper will not excuse her from her job as the Council Liaison. Torn between obligations to a family she’s avoided for almost a decade and the Council of Others, Maurin has less than twenty-four hours to set things right.

MY THOUGHTS

In this book, characters deeper, relationships strengthen, and the pacing leaves you (once again) breathless and hungering for the next book.

 VERDICT

5 out of 5 stars – I loved this story so much I actually made the trip up to Salem MA. This book burrowed into my brain and got new waves flowing.

Blood Bath

The Maurin Kincade Series Book Four

by Rachel Rawlings

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis

Bodies are piling up and all signs point in one direction. Rogue vampire. Except things aren’t always what they seem, especially in a murder investigation.

With her current relationship on the rocks, her father playing match-maker and her neighbor tossing his hat in the ring, the body count isn’t the only thing on the rise. Maurin is neck deep in magic, mayhem and murder.

Can she catch the killer before the killer catches her? One things for certain, when hunting vampires there will be blood.

MY THOUGHTS

The detective side of Maurin and her group of friends shine through in this book. And the plot took some very surprising twists and turns along the way.

 VERDICT

5 out of 5 stars – I loved the scope of this book and I really enjoyed seeing Maurin growing more accustomed to her powers.

Mistletoe Meltdown

The Maurin Kincade Series Book Four (and half)

by Rachel Rawlings

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
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What do you do when you’re out voted on hosting a holiday party, complete with gift exchange and all the trimmings? Tie on the apron and deck those halls. Self proclaimed Scrooge, Maurin Kincaide accepts the challenge and tackles the yuletide with all the determination she would a Council task.

But not everyone is brimming with holiday cheer. A blood coven threatens to bring the holiday festivities to an end. Can Maurin stop the dark magic before the clock strikes twelve, signaling the solstice?

MY THOUGHTS

By this point, I’m so in love with Maurin and the crew that it was really fun to see them tackle the holidays. I’ll be returning to this one come that time of the year.

 VERDICT

5 out of 5 stars

Ill Fated

The Maurin Kincade Series Book Five

by Rachel Rawlings

Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis

Some things are destined to end in death.

After the first attempt on her life Maurin wasn’t scared. Hell, she was almost flattered. But someone put a price on her head and things are getting complicated.

Trouble is brewing in the fae courts and it’s spilling over into Salem. The UnSeelie Dark Guard have answered the call for her head on a platter and people closest to her are disappearing.
Can Maurin master court politics and find her missing men before someone claims the bounty on her head?

MY THOUGHTS

Just when I thought the series could out-epic it’s last epic triumph this great really dark, incredibly desperate, and yep, extra epic. This was another book I had a hard time setting down at all.

I even (somehow) managed to do my dishes and vaccum with my nose completely glued to my ipad. I had to get things ready for company… but I just couldn’t bring myself to focus on that. So… best of both worlds? lol

 VERDICT

once again 5 out of 5 stars – this book in particular it the “urban fantasy” obsessed portion of my soul.

In the End

I can’t recommend this series enough. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Wehdon, Holly Black, or urban fantasy you will love this series.

About the Author

0_0_0_0_114_170_csupload_65093082Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.

When she isn’t writing, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded Hallowread- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres.

More information on Hallowread, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at www.hallowread.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/Hallowread .

www.rachelrawlings.comwww.authorrachelrawlings.comwww.twitter.com/@rachelsbookswww.facebook.com/themaurinkincaideserieswww.facebook.com/hallowreadwww.tsu.co/@rachelsbookswww.hallowread.com

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7 replies »

    • That is really great to hear!

      It took me forever to write this post because I wanted to be as through as possible without spoiling details in later books.

      But it was nice to approach the complete arch of the story.

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