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@Read Book ⚡ Burning Bridges Õ Wren Valere used to be almost invisible But now she s not only being seen, she s getting involvedRecent attacks against nonhuman Fatae have escalated into hate crimes against magic users in general humans included With the Mage Council distracted by internal power struggles, Wren is guilted into stepping up as spokesperson for the fragilely united Fatae and lonejack communitiesAnd, because the cosmos deems her without enough complications, her partner lover Sergei is drowning in his own problems But not only can t she help him she s the causeWith lives on the line including her own Wren is going to have to break the lonejack credo, ditch her long cherished invisibility and take a standBut burning bridges can be deadly This series is firmly in the UF category, with a capital U It even takes place in NYC Wren is a Retriever which is a fancy way of saying a paid to swipe, high talent cat burglar But she also has magic Of course, magic in this series is really an ability to manipulate current which is very similar to electrical current The world is populated by non magical Nulls , magic users or Talent and the inherently magical creatures called Fatae It s also rife with politics Magical organizat This series is firmly in the UF category, with a capital U It even takes place in NYC Wren is a Retriever which is a fancy way of saying a paid to swipe, high talent cat burglar But she also has magic Of course, magic in this series is really an ability to manipulate current which is very similar to electrical current The world is populated by non magical Nulls , magic users or Talent and the inherently magical creatures called Fatae It s also rife with politics Magical organizations of the Cosa Nostradamus, the Council, Lonejacks, and the Fatae as well as a secret supposedly do gooder agency, The Silence In this book, the storyline of the previous three books continues as some Fatae murders bring a head to the tension between these organizations This series is fairly original, IMO so it s hard to draw similarities to other series, but the tone of the writing along w being a UF lead me to suggest that you d like this series if you like Kat Richardson s Greywalker series, Phaedra Wilson s Zoe Martinique series, Toni Andrews Mercy Hollings series, and possibly even Marjorie M Liu s Dirk Steele series though those are PNR 3.5 stars This continued to be a good series about Wren, whose magic leaves her unnoticed by most people, and her partner Sergei, who isn t magical at all If you re looking for a series that shows relationship development and isn t filled with explicit sex scenes, this could be your lucky day. Weakest in the series so far, this book changes to format and shakes up the characters The changes are nice to see but they don t always work well.For one thing, the actual retrieval in the book is handled almost completely off camera and takes place between a couple of chapters in the middle It doesn t really add much other than a reason for Valere and Sergei to meet a couple of times A marked and quite acceptable change in the formula, but having it there at all just confuses reader expec Weakest in the series so far, this book changes to format and shakes up the characters The changes are nice to see but they don t always work well.For one thing, the actual retrieval in the book is handled almost completely off camera and takes place between a couple of chapters in the middle It doesn t really add much other than a reason for Valere and Sergei to meet a couple of times A marked and quite acceptable change in the formula, but having it there at all just confuses reader expectations The larger plot of vigilantes against fatae magical creatures is the center of the book While each book has made the conceit that fatae are a secret and almost no one even the super secret and super effective group The Silence knew about them, the numbers of people interacting with this plotline and the ease with which they get seated and served in restaraunts makes that disbelief harder to suspend The revelation about the source of the attacks and the motivation behind them, while completely predictable, are well handled and move the story and the series nicely, especially the reactions of the various major player Valere and Sergei, of course, but also the Council, the Lonejacks, and Andre, Sergei s old boss in The Silence There is some contrived action to prevent Sergei from actually performing any real violence for some reason, but Valere gets to get into some action during a grand, 200 person melee between our side and the vigilantes Gilman writes the retrieval scenes very well She gives us what Valere is thinking, what she is doing, and builds the tension of the hunt Unfortunately, she doesn t do as well with larger fight scenes, even four or five people The climactic battle is just a mess until Valere separates and fights one on one against a group of Talented opponents It s a little hard to follow why it s one on one, and there is some confusion in th text about thei relative power levels, but it s a good scene and the simultaneous and separate situations between her and Sergei puts P.B in a great bind.Speaking of which, the growing understanding of the P.B relationship is nice to see and well handled I think that has some great potential for the series Similarly, KimAnne Howe, the dangerous head of the Mage Council, has a larger role in this book and her appearance in future books should be a whopper A powerful character holding all the cards is a good foil, but a powerful character working her way up from the shadows is interesting As you can expect, things get decidedly political on her end.Which leaves only the relationship between Valere and Sergei Nothing unexpected happens, but it is handled passably well and bodes well for the next book s as they deal with and alter their partnership Two bits of clean up 1 This book continues the relieving trend of not increasing Valere s magical power She picked up a new trick in the book before, but not one she can use at will and never wants to risk again Most series in this genre would have her increasing in power regularly It s unnecessary she s effective as she is She has extended and practiced her trick from book one making cages for artifacts , but that doesn t seem the same.2 She resolves the excellent background story about the horse, Old Sally I like that story a lot and her obsession with it added character I really hope it comes back.Overall, it s a good book but not as strong as the rest of the series It isn t so bad that I fear for the next one, though, and it pushes a variety of plot arcs in great directions without actually destroying any others 3.5 5