Tuesday, November 13, 2012

{Review} RENEGADE by Nancy Northcott


The Protectors #1
by Nancy Northcott
Publication Date: November 6, 2012 (ebook)/December 18, 2012 (print)
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Pages/Format: 384; Paperback, ebook
Source: Netgalley

She Follows the Rules
As the mage council’s sheriff for the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn’t just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious fugitive and supposed traitor risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why. To find the answer, she’ll have to put everything on the line, starting with her heart.
He Breaks Every One of Them
As a mage, Griffin Dare is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, the pair must run for their lives–from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible council mole.
Now They are Each Other’s Only Hope
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Nancy Northcott's first novel of the Protector Series is fabulous. Renegade, very aptly named, is filled to the brim with action, suspense, and of course, sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Griffin Dare has lived the last 6 years in exile from the mages' Council. The former shire reeve, or sheriff, stumbled upon a dark secret that led to the death of his closest friends, and important members of the council. Valeria Banning finds herself in circumstances that lead her to follow in Griffin's footsteps, and not only as the mage shire reeve.

I've never read a story that focused on ghouls and never read about any ghouls sucking the energy out of a mage while injecting venom. I've always seen them in the shadows of vampires, with very minor and gruesome roles, so I enjoyed seeing a different version. Northcott does an excellent job of introducing me to this paranormal world and I'd love to see more! Her writing is clear and to the point so everything I need to know about Val and Griff's world right now, I'll know before the novel gets into the thick of action. It also seems as though mages and ghouls aren't the only creatures haunting the human world. With the following installments I hope that Northcott will not only continue on with the strenuous ghoul-mage relationship, but touch a bit more on the dark evils that appeared in Renegade.

Renegade kept me on my toes as Griffin worked to bring Valeria over to his side. He believes there's a trader in the Council, but it's hard to convince someone who always plays by the rules. Even if he can't convince Val that he's innocent he still has others to watch out for. Griffin was an admirable character from his honor to his generosity. He cared for the homeless and kept the secrets of those who helped him during his exile. There's nothing better than reading about a character who thinks about more than 'number one' and inspires so many others to fight for justice. Valeria was just as awesome as Griff with her ability to fight for someone who may or may not be trustworthy all for the sake of justice. She had the genuine faith that I love to see in any heroine because it shows that they can see beyond their expectations and known reality.

There was more suspicion and mystery than I expected; I was ready to read a novel that was literally page after page of fights and strategy and of course the perfectly timed steamy, romantic action! The balance of paranormal investigation, violence, and romance was spot on and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Griff and Val's story. I am quite impressed with Renegade and hope that in the sequel, Guardian, Northcott will  dazzle again with an electric duo and action-packed plot!
*eGalley provided in exchange for an honest review*

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