Review: Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Posted June 17, 2014 by Lucy in Review / 2 Comments

Review:  Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic
By: Meghan Ciana Doidge

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Genres: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Dowser #3
Published by Old Man in the CrossWalk
Pages: 352
Format: Kindle

I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing. I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards. -----------------------------
This 86,000 word urban fantasy is the third book in the Dowser Series by author Meghan Ciana Doidge

Jade is back with her chocolate goodness!  And oh boy, what a delicious treat is Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic.  The Dowser has become one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, if you haven’t read it yet, I don’t know what you are waiting for, start reading this series today!

Warning!  This review contains certain sensitive information, and may be a spoiler if you haven’t read book 1&2, please think carefully before you continue reading this review.

Poor Jade, she just can’t catch a break.  When Jade return after three months and a half training with the dragons, she only has one thing in mind.  Hunt down her sister, otherwise known as psycho Black Witch to the Others.  With the help of her green-hair werewolf best friend/protector, Kandy, her vampire friend/mentor/or whatever he is to Jade, Kette.  And her overactive, possible ADD fledgling Dragon companion, Drake.  You would think this mission might be littler easier for Jade, WRONG!

It seems no matter what Jade does, she is always one step behind her evil, psycho foster sister.  Even when she has a plan she somehow ended up making more mistakes than she intended.

->I wouldn’t say Jade is badass yet, she is still in training after all.  But as a half-witch and half-something else (censor for those who haven’t read book 2), Jade is no doubt unique and would be quite powerful in the near future.  I love reading about Jade’s magic, I think it’s neat and refreshing.  Badass or not, Jade kick-butts in this book!

->I felt really bad for Jade in this book, it seems all of her friends were quite harsh on her.

Jade made a decision to stay behind the Dragon Nexus, in order to avoid all her love ones ended up dead in Sienna’s hands.  Her strength and magic was simply not strong enough, and she needed the training to be prepared.  It seems some may not understand Jade’s absence.  Now, what’s interesting is Jade actually left the Dragon Nexus early, well she actually sneak out.  Does this mean she will be returning to the Nexus and continue her training?

->Jade has a good heart, maybe too good.  She need to become mentally and emotionally stronger in order to survive the magic world.  Or just eat loads of chocolate and bake plenty of cupcakes (I think this would work out pretty well too).

Sienna on the other hand, I did not feel bad for her at all. She is after all quite murderous, arrogant, power hunger, full of envy and you know pure evil.

->very happy about how this ended, though I am positive Jade disagreed.  But I don’t have any complaints.

Compare to the first two books, this book is much darker, there are more dead and more friends will be hurt.  Jade will be forced on making decisions in order to save all her love ones, and you know everyone else.  I thought the pace of this book was great, how the story unfold was solid and very well written.  Each part in Jade’s journey in finding her foster sister was full of action.  The anticipation lead up to the ending battle definitely kept me on edge.  This book continues with strong world building, and character developments.  I thoroughly enjoy reading this book.

So, there were interesting developments on Jade and Kette…

->Kette is definitely growing on me, I am quite intrigued on Kette.  I am interested to learn more about him (yeah, can you tell I am a fan?).

->Anyone else like Drake?  He is quite a character, I hope we see more of him in the future.

->Not enough of Desmond in this book!!  (sad)

However, when Desmond does appear in the book, I was totally hang up on it.  I love the chemistry he has with Jade, and how he trusts Jade and supports her in this book.  Jade also confides in Desmond when she was too afraid and guilty to tell the others.  I love their connection and relationship.  But I am not sure what will happen to them now, and I can’t help but to remember the warning Kandy keep giving Jade.  But I am still keeping positive thoughts though (one can only hope).

I wonder what waits for Jade in the next book, I can’t wait!

I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy the Urban Fantasy genre.

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Thanks for reading and reviewing! I always need lots of chocolate around when I WRITE the Dowser Series, so that works out for both of us!