"For fans of Laurell K. Hamilton"
Although it was discovered how to combine physics and
sorcery over a half-century ago, not all states have passed
laws that makes it legal to practice. Even though Petra
Field doesn't have a magical bone in her body, her parents
are both powerful wizards so she had to move to a place
where magic is acceptable. Seattle is a Mecca for wizards
and since Petra now lives and works there; she calls a
wizard agency to remove the magical bloodstain from her
When Vorador answers Petra's cry for help, he's more
interested in the woman than the rug. When she denies the
sparks that flare between them, the wizard tries to remove
the bloodstain only to find a hole in the floor under the
rug that leads to the Hotel California in another
dimension. Vorador realizes that Petra's cat is the sister
of his partner's lover. Someone placed an amnesia spell on
her so she doesn't recall who tried to murder her sibling.
Petra stubbornly needs to find out who bewitched her carpet
while Vorador prefers she keeps out of it so she stays
safe. Both of these wannabe lovers are in danger from a
powerful wizard who hides in plain sight.
Garthia Anderson has written an enjoyable romantic urban
fantasy that will appeal to fans of Rosemary Edgehill and
Jody Lynn Nye. On an earth where magic works, readers will
want to believe in the fantasy. The protagonists squabbles
are a form of foreplay that add a piquant sense of humor to
the story line. It is to be hoped that Ms. Anderson will
write more stories in this fascinating universe.
Harriet Klausner © Feb. 2003
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 1, 2006