Publish Date: August 9, 2012
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Synopsis: Jacqueline Huston has no idea what has been happening to her, but it started the night she was attacked by men with strange powers. While wounded in the attack, Jacqueline knows she would have surely died if her husband hadn't thrown himself into the line of fire. But being alive is little comfort when your husband is dead.
Ever since that night, Jacqueline has been strangely attracted to death for reasons she doesn't understand. When death is nearby, she experiences the uncanny feeling that she can predict when it is coming for someone. However, it's the weird urge to sing when she gets close to dying people that disturbs her the most.
Toby Williams is a wizard and a member of the Brotherhood of Merlyn, an ancient order of wizards. He's been charged by the Brotherhood to keep an eye on Jacqueline Huston. After all, half banshees are rare, and if placed in the wrong hands, they can be a powerful weapon. As owner of Merlyn's Bar, a place the lovely Ms. Huston frequents, it seems an easy enough assignment for Toby.
When sinister Derek Spark attempts to kidnap her, Jacqueline learns a frightening truth--she comes descended from an old Irish family whose women are destined to become banshees upon their deaths. Jacqueline was meant to die in the attack a year ago, but because she was only wounded, her banshee genes are coming out, making her a powerful weapon to those in the supernatural world. Derek wants to use her soul reaping powers for his own evil plans. Jacqueline must discover the truth about her heritage and save Toby, the man she finds herself falling in love with, and from her own banshee urge to reap his soul.
Review: Jacqueline Huston recently lost her husband in a violent attack by men unknown to her. She was also grievously injured, but what she doesn’t know is she died and came back. She’s been trying to make sense of her life ever since and doesn’t understand why she is drawn to death. She can feel impending doom for others and is drawn to sing at their death. She is scared by the changes in her life, but everything is going to be turned upside down when she is nearly kidnapped by something she thought just existed in fairy tales – a wizard. Jacqueline learns she is a banshee…well, kind of. When she died and was brought back, she has one foot in the world of the living and one foot in the world of the dead. This makes her unique and valuable to those who wish to use her powers for their own purposes.
‘The Banshee’s Embrace’ is a story which features banshees, which are creatures who are seldom main characters in fantasy stories. I enjoyed the fact that the banshee in question was an even rarer type, the half-banshee. As Jacqueline learns of her heritage and her powers, she is learning to use them in new ways which were thought to be impossible. Instead of just collecting souls after they depart, she is able to do much more. Her powers threaten to consume her and those around her, but thankfully she has the guidance of Toby Williams, a powerful wizard who has been watching over her for the Brotherhood of Merlyn’s Council. It’s up to Jacqueline and Toby to figure out who is after her and quick! I really enjoyed the overall story and the characters, along with the twists and humor throughout the book. I’m happy this is a trilogy and hopefully we find out more about Jacqueline’s roots in the subsequent books. The growing relationship between Toby and Jacqueline is sweet and I think he’s the balance to her impetuousness. ‘The Banshee’s Embrace’ brings a different twist to the fantasy genre, which I feel is greatly needed.
The Banshee's Embrace Trilogy: The Banshee's Embrace (1), The Banshee's Desire (2)