“A Tracker’s Tale” by Karen Avizur

This story is fast paced and action oriented, with sympathetic characters in a straightforward good-guys-vs-bad-guys conflict. The plotline is episodic in nature, but the events gradually tie together to lead up to a tense climax.

There is a general rule in fantasy of all types not to mix magical styles. Paranormal separate from witches and wizards, particularly. There is a good reason for this, apart from the fact that it becomes hard for a reader to remember which rules are applying at any given moment in the story.

In this book, the main character is a truly bad-ass FBI agent with all the skill in violence that involves, and also a psychic who can read minds and have premonitions. On top of this, she is some kind of witch who can cast spells.  This is a problem in the final conflict because this woman is so talented and so powerful that no matter what the threat, we know she’s going to solve the problem, thus reducing the suspense.

Thematically, it’s an interesting book. The main character is an extremely violent person who uses her powers for the good. She has trained her daughter to defend herself. This is a teenager who jokes about not leaving the house without her phone, her pepper spray, her knife and her other knife. But when the daughter starts to emulate her mother’s crusade, the mother realizes that she is just perpetuating the violence. This brings out the basic dichotomy of America’s violent heritage; the solution to violence is not more violence. But the book is so steeped in an atmosphere of violence it denies the lesson.

I don’t often make political comments in a review, but if you want your children to grow up as loyal NRA members, give them this book to read. Recommended for adults who like simple action with plenty of guns and gore.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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