In a small town where people go missing all the time, one might think a private detective would have no trouble finding work.
Except for Max Long. His luck really is that bad—at least until a blonde bombshell hires him to look into the strange circumstances surrounding her sister’s death. The blonde might be good luck, or more likely, entirely the opposite. Drop-dead gorgeous women aren’t exactly common in Shadow Pines, nor do they walk into his office.
Everyone in town knows there’s something unusual about the place. The excuse of animal attacks claiming the unwary hiker works only so long before a rational person suspects the irrational. Blood stolen from the hospital, strange howls at night, and a girl with an overly innocent face that spells trouble all lead to one conclusion: Max is in way over his head.
Or is he?
The night after a strange meteorite streaked across the sky, the wind responds to his desires. He soon discovers he can manipulate water, fire, and earth as well.
Shadow Pines is out of balance, and Mother Nature has sent Max to fix it.
Overall I am giving this first book in the Four Elements series a okay rating. It was a somewhat simple but enjoyable read.
I am always a bit partial to stories where the main protagonist discovers that things that go bump in the night actually exists. In this book Max discovers not only that there are plenty of things going bump but that he has become one of them.
I found Max to be a quite likable chap as well as his mysterious client who, of course, is more than she appears.
The story is simple enough but also original enough that it doesn’t feel like the author typed it out while reading Urban Fantasy for Dummies.
I thought that I had read most of the various permutations of vampires but this author delivered a new take on them. It worked but I cannot say that I was overly thrilled about this take. I mean, what is wrong with the classic vampires?
Another gripe I have with this book is that the part where Max discovers that he has elemental powers followed by the training felt really rushed.
Still, overall, I liked the book. The story isn’t bad, it has some originality although some parts are somewhat predictable. Like Max getting a crush on his gorgeous client for example.
It was definitely good enough that I will give the second book a chance. Especially since this book was, not surprisingly, doing a bit of setting up of the characters and the surroundings.