Monday, June 16, 2014
Mind Games by Christine Amsden (Review)
Mind Games by Christine Amsden is book 3 in the intriguing ‘Cassie Scot’ fantasy series which features the continuing adventures of the only non-magical member of a powerful magical family. Sadly, Cassie has been betrayed by her longtime friend and romantic interest, Evan Blackwood although their relationship continues to be very complicated. Cassie becomes involved with the powerful Matthew Blair, much to the dismay of those around her, and this, added to the tinderbox that the town of Eagle Rock is becoming as those without magic continue to foment unrest, threatens to destroy everything she holds most dear. Shifting alliances and hidden agendas alter the balance of power and it will require painful choices to try to overcome the dangers that are looming.
This exciting addition to a fun new adult fantasy series continues to reveal more about the complicated Cassie Scot who has to juggle her duties to the town as a deputy and the obligations inherent in being a member of a very powerful magical family. The intriguing and startling revelations that are gradually uncovered change the dynamics of power and the various secrets that swirl around her force Cassie to soul-search and decide what she really values. I enjoyed the episodes that revealed more of Cassie’s character although I was dismayed by some of the experiences that she and her family underwent which highlight the dangers of bigotry, no matter who or what the item of contention is. There are several mysteries that I look forward to having solved in the final book and although one might be able to read this story as a stand-alone, it would be much better to start the series by reading the first two books, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective and Secrets and Lies. This story does a very nice job of blending fantastical magic and character studies and I anxiously await the conclusion of the series!
(submitted to Night Owl Reviews)
My reviews for the first two books in the series are here and here.
I felt that the series started a little slowly but it definitely has become more and more exciting as it has continued and I am really looking forward to the rest of it!