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Despite their mutual distrust, a werewolf couple — a witch and an ex-cop — must work together to defeat her abusive father, a werewolf wizard who is determined to destroy the Magekind

But though Miranda Drake and William Justice team up to help Arthur and his knights, neither trusts the other. Justice strikes Miranda as the sort of dominant Alpha male who has abused her all her life. Justice has worked with other domestic violence victims, and knows that the women sometimes turn on the cops who try to help them. Yet for Justice, protecting Miranda is his opportunity to redeem himself for his inability to prevent Warlock’s manipulation of his people into war.

In the final book of the Mageverse series, King Arthur, his knights, and the Majae do not have the strength to defeat their most powerful enemy, Warlock, on their own. The fate of both Earth and Mageverse rests on the shoulders of Warlock’s daughter, Miranda, and her werewolf bodyguard, Justice.

After years of abuse at the hands of Alpha wolves, Miranda doesn’t trust any of them and has no plans to get involved with Justice, regardless of the sparks they create. When Justice almost loses his life saving hers, Miranda must acknowledge she loves him and battle her fears, both to secure a future for them and to defeat her father.

Since much of Miranda and Justice’s relationship develops off page during the months between Master of Shadows and Master of Darkness, the “I love you”s felt abrupt and not very believable until mid-book when Miranda is forced to talk Justice off a magical ledge and tells him why she loves him. After that, I was fully invested in them, their love, and the ultimate battle of good versus evil they were engaging in. And while the deeper feelings weren’t believable right away, that didn’t stop the sexual chemistry between them from heating up the pages.

I did have a few issues with this book. The hero is William Justice. He is called Justice in the previous book, he is called Justice in this book, Miranda calls him Justice during sex but during a few random conversations, Miranda refers to him as Bill. For such a small thing, it pulled me out the story every time it happened as I thought “who’s Bill?”

There are also a lot of new characters introduced in this book and most didn’t seem to add to the story at all. I was bored with the pages spent on the background and personality of Warlock’s minions and skimmed much of it. There were also three siblings introduced early in the book that confused me. They had no relevance except to introduce Melinda and Justice to another character. It wasn’t until the epilogue that I realized they were the main characters in Knight’s upcoming spin-off trilogy. They just weren’t interesting enough to be anything but a mild annoyance for the time they took away from the drama and action.

While Master of Darkness wasn’t my favorite of this series, it was a very satisfying conclusion. It had all the sexiness, humor, geekiness and intense battle scenes I have come to treasure in the Mageverse. And those are the things I will miss. I’ve been reading this series for eight years and I’m not ready to say goodbye but if it has to end, this was the way to go.

 

Favorite quote:

“No. No he didn’t break you, my dear.” Inhuman eyes probed hers delicately. “The most he managed was a bend here and there. Apparently he has forgotten that the beat of the hammer in the flame’s heart only strengthens a good blade.”

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Format: Print and digital

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