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.
What I liked: Ms Olsen writes fantastic characters. As a reader, I found all the characters believable and fantastically portrayed. They aren’t all good or all bad. Lex, of course is the star but Ms Olsen takes care in building the supporting cast. Those secondary characters are just as well developed as Lex. Yes, even the “bad guys”.
There is lots of action in Boundary Born. You need to take a deep breath before you start. Not only action but more of Lex’s background is divulged. It’s a shocker guys! Lex is dealing with so many things during this book. Her brother-in-law, John, has finally been told about the Old World. From that point on, he seems to be avoiding Lex and keeping Charlie (Lex’s niece by her twin sister) away from her.
Then, Quinn (the vampire and love interest) and Lex are needed to investigate some vampire killings. Lex learns vampires can be poisoned using belladonna. The problem is the plant is most often used by witches and the vampires and witches just made peace from the last fiasco started by a witch. Seeing how Lex is a Boundary witch and most of her friends/teachers are witches, she wants to solve the case quickly before war or innocent deaths happen. Just to throw a wrench in all that, Lex’s birth father shows up on her door step out of the blue. Yeah, she’s a bit stressed!
The descriptions Ms Olsen uses paint an indelible picture for the reader. I think I’ve learned more about Colorado than I knew was possible. Her words convey the characters beautifully and I can see the pictures in my mind. This is not Ms Olsen’s only tool in keeping you engaged. I love the humor in her books. It just made everything seem more real in a fantasy world. The other thing I enjoy is although Lex does have a love interest, the relationship/sex doesn't overpower the story. Actually, that's one of my favorite things...no gratuitous sex!
What I didn’t like: The only thing I don’t like is, for now, Ms Olsen is stepping back from this series. It has a pretty definitive ending but she says she will revisit Lex and the crew at some point in the future. (The flip side is she's starting a new series and I already have my ARC!)
The ending of Boundary Born was fantastic. Ms Olsen knows how to entertain and keep her readers engaged.
I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.