Fire Baptized is a fascinating and occasionally gruesome supernatural murder mystery set in a caged city for supernaturals. This giant sized prison keeps the vampires, shifters, fairies, demons, trolls and so on away from the humans. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify each species and Lanore Vesta is a Mixbreed, marked with a silver X, and treated like a second-class citizen.
Most Mixbreeds have minimal powers and their only advantage is that people can only guess at what their mix is or what their powers might be. Lenore keeps a low profile, only revealing her ability to create fire during emergencies and wanting nothing more than to graduate college and stop having to steal to survive.
When she witnesses a murder, however, the supernatural killer begins to stalk her and kill people she knows. Dead and mutilated bodies appear at her door and even in her apartment. The human police in the unruly Habitat don’t care too much, they just want to finish their time stationed there and get out, so Lenore does some sleuth work herself.
She has a Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new Mixbreed almost-boyfriend named Zulu, who compete for her attention and provide some heated sex scenes. I loved one of the scenes between the three of them when Lenore tells them that their dicks are the same size, so they can stop posturing.
As the story progresses it becomes clear that unless Lenore finds the psycho, she’ll be next on his hit list. We follow her on a trip through the seedy bars of the Habitat and into the world of a strange religion. The ending is exciting and unexpected. Overall this is a great book and I highly recommend it to all lovers of urban fantasy. I give it 4 stars and recommend it for the Awesome Indies listing.
Review by Tahlia Newland
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