I read three books in three days. Three. I know some of y’all read more than one book per day for consecutive days. I am not made like that. I become very invested in the character and the story line and it usually takes a while to shake it off.
I was looking for a short series to read and thought I would give Boundary Magic series by Melissa F. Olson a try (I’ll leave the summary for all three books below in case you are a curious cat). I was so sure I would give it up half way through that I was ready to bet with myself. I was wrong.
The characters–Allison Alexander Luther (or Lex as she likes to be called) is an army veteran with a strong sense of justice, she is very grounded and smart. Quinn the vampire, nothing stood out distinctly with him. I did feel like the relationship between Lex and Quinn progressed a bit too fast, I’ll hold judgement on this.
Maven the vampire queen, I liked her for one simple reason. A lot of stories with vampire rulers show them as power hungry, ready to force their will but Maven is different. She quietly emits power which just makes her dangerous. Although I say this, I will also say that she did not come out looking very good despite being the ruler. Only thing that clearly made her look good was Lex saying it.
Simon the biologist, I liked him the moment he came into the picture. I usually develop an instant distrust towards people who are nice from the get go but Simon was different. He came out very genuine.
One thing disappointing in the story was that while Lex’s powers pulled her into a world previously unknown to her, they don’t actually make much of an appearance through the series. Lex doesn’t make use of her power and when she does, it is just a smidgen. I feel like her powers could have been more explored.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad read, I did finish the series after all. But it could have been much better.
Boundary Crossed: After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.
She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.
Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…
Boundary Lines: Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.
Was it murder…or mutiny?
The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.
Boundary Born: Something wicked is at work in Colorado’s supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison…a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead.
The state’s cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she’s never met arrives on her doorstep. He has answers to all of Lex’s questions about her bloodline, but getting those answers could mean betraying the life she’s already built.
Then the next vampire is poisoned—and this time it’s Maven herself. The new evil that hunts Lex is powerful and ruthless enough to stop the strongest supernatural creature in the state. In order to find such a killer, Lex will have to face down her own birthright and call on every ally—both living and dead.