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9781476780245_p0_v2_s300x This book was provided to me by NetGalley and Baen Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Justus Fearsson is a weremyst, someone who has magical powers that rely on using the elements. He and others like him pay a heavy price for using their talents. For three days during every full moon they lose their mental faculties. This gets worse as they get older and the majority of weremysts go permanently insane. There is a medication that helps alleviate these symptoms, but it also suppresses their magical powers, and most weremysts won’t use it. This includes Justis even though he’s seen what having magical talent did to his father, and he himself lost his position as a Phoenix police officer. Now working as a private detective Justis is contacted by his old partner regarding an unsolved case. It seems as though the killer is at work again and his powers far surpass those of Justis. Now he’s in a race to stop this magical adversary before the body count gets any higher.

I absolutely LOVED this book! When I first started reading it I thought it was going to be a clone of the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher. I was wrong. Justis Fearsson is a wonderful character who has an appealing mix of strength and vulnerability. Told in the first person, David Coe manages to draw the reader directly into the mind of Justis. The action is non-stop which makes it difficult to put the book down. The descriptions of the desert around Phoenix are breathtaking, and made me want to add Arizona to my places I want to visit if I ever won the lottery. The only negative thing I found was the love interest. I really disliked her and did not understand why Justis would be attracted to her. Is it wrong to hope that the author kills her off in the next book? Spell Blind is a perfect read for anyone who loves urban fantasy, mysteries, and thrillers. I can’t wait for the second book in this new series!

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