Book Review: License to Ensorcell by: Katharine Kerr



Publish Date:
February 1, 2011


Mass Market Paperback

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Psychic Agent Nola O'Grady isn't sure that returning to San Francisco, and living so close to her very unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure that even the CIA doesn't know it exists, can be perilous, and she's afraid of the relatives getting involved. Plus the warnings she's been receiving lately from saints and angels are not making the situation any easier.

Then the Agency saddles her with an Israeli secret agent named Ari Nathan, currently attached to Interpol, and she realizes she has an even bigger problem on her hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari's strong points.

They are forced to work together, however, to track down a serial killer who seems to have an obsession about werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes that the man's merely psychotic, but in truth, this mystery man is murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the killer's first victim.

Can Nola's psychic talents and Ari's skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery that lies behind the killings? And can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola's family from running headlong into danger?

Review: In this first novel of a new series, Ms. Kerr has created an interesting set of characters and has used the detailed landscape of San Francisco as her backdrop. I loved Nola’s family and I hope we get to learn more about them and their gifts in future novels. As a long time reader of her Deverry novels, I was quite excited to see her wonderful writing and imagination come together in an urban fantasy setting. There is much I did enjoy about the story, but it didn't seem to hold up to what I’m used to from Ms. Kerr’s writing. I honestly wasn't a big fan of Ari (he felt not quite complete) or all the government acronyms for everything. Overall, I enjoyed the book and think it shows a lot of promise for the entire series to come. I encourage you to give it a try for yourself and make your own decision!

Nola O'Grady series: License to Ensorcell (1), Water to Burn (2), Apocalypse to Go (3), Love on the Run (4)


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