Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: ENFORCER (Hayle Coven, #18) by Patti Larsen

Title: Enforcer
Series: Hayle Coven, #18
Author: Patti Larsen
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: June 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: From author for review
Ellen’s rating: 5/5


Conclave approaches, a full two months after Syd’s twenty-first birthday. With no husband decision in sight, she instead focuses on the gathering of witches come from the four corners of the globe to debate and create law. Her plan to scour all of witchdom for Brotherhood influence encourages Miriam to open the proceedings to every magical race. But, in doing so, she leaves the door gaping for the enemy to come knocking...


With a witch conclave, open to other magical races this time to organize, the council is adamant that Syd should get her marriage over and done with. The problem is which of her suitors to choose? In the mean time the conclave presents the perfect opportunity for the Brotherhood to strike.

Enforcer is yet another Hayle Coven novel that I simply couldn't put down. Although Syd is between a rock and a hard place where her impending marriage is concerned, the author doesn't spend too much time describing Syd's anxiety. Apart from a nightmare or two, a few thoroughly poignant moments with Quaid, and the odd stray thought about who to choose as her life partner, Syd gets on with her never-a-dull-moment existence. Fortunately the drama surrounding the conclave distinguishes the men from the boys for Syd.

The snarky, often hilariously funny teen Syd used to be, has become a more serious, sometimes irritable, no-nonsense adult with a strong sense of responsibility. In this book she is forced to betray an old friend, has to join forces with an enemy, and must make the very difficult choice of future husband. 

With Liander Belaisle's influence penetrating every magical race like a really nasty computer virus, Syd and those close to her must be extra vigilant to spot and eradicate such influence immediately. Although she has her friends and family to support her, as well as the vampire, sidhe and demon parts of her soul giving their input, Syd must make her own decisions while not being driven crazy by said input and support.

In Enforcer battles are fought, lives are lost, and here and there people are released from Belaisle's insidious influence. This however seems to be just the beginning of what must become the ultimate fight between the Brotherhood and all those who will perish should the Brotherhood prevail.

Anybody who likes paranormal fiction with a touch of the romantic and lots of action will love this book. I would, however, advise readers to read the first seventeen books in the Hayle Coven series first before reading Enforcer.



My official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn't it? I'm a storyteller who hears teenager's voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports even though they don't love me. I've dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.
But always, always, writing books calls me home.
I've had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It's the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands... thank you for reading.
As for the rest of it, I'm short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can't seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.

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