Witch Warrior books 1 & 2 – Okay urban fantasy.

Witch Warrior books 1 & 2.
By T.R. Cameron and Martha Carr.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Blurb from the first book in the series:

Deputy US Marshal Cait Keane is a Witch with a Badge – and a Dragon for a partner.

The Boston office tour will have to wait – her first day on the job in her new appointment is canceled to pursue a federal fugitive, a magical with a penchant for fire.

She’ll need her gun and her wand to take him down. What will her team think of having a magical on board?

When a federal judge is killed, she discovers she’s in the middle of a territorial battle between criminal organizations. The killer is a magical, or working with one, which makes Cait the perfect Marshal to take them down.

Add in a threat to her coven and life has become a lot more challenging for Cait Keane.

The US Marshal with something extra wouldn’t have it any other way.

This is a review of books 1 (Witch With a Badge) and 2 (Witch With a Grudge) in the Witch Warrior series. For once waiting until I had read the second book was not me being lazy but quite deliberate. For quite a few series that I have tried out lately I have found the first book interesting enough but then it went down the drain in the second book. So this time I waited until I had read the first two book before making a review. I guess now I have to hope that the author(s) do not screw it with the third book.

I was a bit hesitant since it is claimed that T.R. Cameron co-authored it with Martha Carr who has been mostly miss for me lately and is really on my do-not-read list. Since T.R. Cameron was mentioned first, but mostly because I liked the idea of a witch being a Marshal, I decided to test my luck anyway. Oh, and Michael Anderle has stuck his name on it as well but, as is often the case, I don’t think he has written a single word of the actual content.

So far this series has been a decent enough urban fantasy story. As I wrote I like the idea of a witch being a Marshal. There are way too many stories out there where the main protagonist are spending most of the books hiding or even being at odds with law enforcement the latter usually being incompetent and politically corrupt.

Cait is quite likable. She is quite competent, somewhat snarky of course and she has a dragon who is equally snarky and thinks that every problem can be solved by liberal application of dragonfire. I quite like the combo. It doesn’t hurt that Cait’s law enforcement friends are also both competent and likable of course.

There are really two stories going on here. One is Cait the Marshal solving cases with her colleagues and the other is Cait the witch coven member back home who, as it turns out in the second book, have a wee bit of a infestation problem, the furry and toothy kind. Normally I am not too found of these double stories but, so far, it worked pretty well in these books.

One thing I am not too thrilled about though are these technomage witches or infomancers who combines magic and modern technology. They are the informatics researchers and spy specialists of the Marshal service which is fine. However, when they do their stuff oftentimes they submerge themselves in some virtual reality where they sometimes meet their opponents and duke it out. It does not make sense neither from a informatics point of view nor from a magic point of view. It is just weird and I do not really like it very much.

Apart from that the books are not bad. They are no masterpieces really but solid urban fantasy books and, so far, refreshingly free from woke preaching or unnecessary romance/urban porn episodes. There’s plenty of action intermingled with detective work and family banter (both between Cait and her Marshal “family” and her real family). They are good books to read when watching TV at the same time, which I do most of the time.

I think I will have a go at the third book, due out by the end of the month.

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