Review & Contest: CON & CONJURE by Lisa Shearin

Today, I welcome a guest reviewer, author Marie Andreas, who writes fantasy-romance-science fiction and combinations thereof from her home in San Diego. You can read about Marie and her writing at http://www.marieandreas.com. Now…here we go! 
Thanks for having me here Suzanne!  I’ve been invited to review a very fun new book by that mistress of snarky mayhem herself, Lisa Shearin. The book, Con & Conjure, is the fifth Raine Benares series. Here’s the back of the book teaser for you:

THE OFFICIAL BLURB:  My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker who finds lost things and missing people. My relatives, on the other hand, steal things. They’re the most notorious criminal family in the seven kingdoms. Sometimes I wonder if they have the right idea, especially since what I’ve found lately is likely to get me killed. And the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone that has given me unlimited power, is to blame for every last bit of it.
     Ever since the Saghred bonded to me, the goblin king and the elven power brokers have wanted to possess its magic themselves. But to get it, they’ll have to get me, and their pockets are deep enough to make that happen. With the help of my highly qualified family, I’ve rigged the perfect con—one that will financially ruin the elves who are spoiling for war. My family’s run elaborate scams before, but none involving this much money, government officials this highly ranked, or a war this close to starting. In our way is a goblin thief who’s after the Saghred, and my ex-fiancé an elven assassin who may be after me. I broke up with him. Let’s just say it could have gone better.
     If either the goblins or the elves get their hands on the Saghred, they have every intention of using it. Which means total annihilation will be inevitable…

MARIE’S THOUGHTS: Now a few things about this series.  Ms Shearin gives you enough information that even if you haven’t read the previous four Raine books- you’ll still enjoy this one.  BUT- I strongly encourage you to go out and buy, rent, or borrow the other four. You will still enjoy this one- even if you’re currently asking “Raine who?” I’ve no doubt about that.  But the fun of visiting established characters that you’ve already been on a few adventures with just increases the enjoyment all the more. Since that disclaimer is out of the way- on to my review.
     This book opens just three months after the first book, when Raine and the rock from hell (the Saghred) bonded.  And it opens with a bang.  Literally.  All of the books in this series are fun, fast paced, and often explosive and this one is no different. To be honest, I almost would have liked a bit of a slowdown and catch my breath after the initial event- just to get reintroduced (or introduced) a wee bit slower to the characters. Sometimes fast action books benefit by a few slower moments- just to let the reader take a breath and get more immersed in the world. But it was definitely not enough to hinder my enjoyment. I think of these books as Urban Fantasy set in a fantasy world (the sensibility is urban, the world is not ;)).
      Raine finds herself trapped between the good goblins (some of which may still want to kill her), the bad goblins (all of the pretty much want to enslave her or kill her), and the bad elves (who want to chain her to a wall and feed her souls so they can destroy the goblins).  Unlike the previous books, Raine’s love life isn’t being split, but she might be if one of the above groups catch her.
       Raine is a tough, feisty, smart ass chick with a heart- one for whom her love for her friends and family is often her only weakness.  The supporting characters are as much fun as Raine, and are all strong, unique folks that are great to spend time with.  We get to see some characters from previous books like her cousin Phaelan (yum- this “sea-faring businessman” aka sexy as hell pirate -needs his own book ;)), the sexy goblin dark mage Tam, and Raine’s love Mychael and we also get to see a few new folks like her other cousin Mago and her ex-lover/assassin Rache.
       There is action, adventure, love, pirates, con men, and political intrigue- what more can you want?  Plus Lisa Shearin does a great job of bringing these characters to life and pulling the reader along. It’s a fun fast read that will keep you entertained and at times giggling outloud.
       I don’t want to say too much about the story, but it did have the feeling of building to something bigger.  The next book in the series will be the last of the one with the Saghred and let me tell you after finishing Con & Conjure all I could think of was “how long until the next one?”
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

31 thoughts on “Review & Contest: CON & CONJURE by Lisa Shearin

  1. I haven’t raed this series yet but would like to give it a try.

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  2. I made myself giggle this morning…I read it “love pirates” instead of “love, pirates”…Yeah, gonna be one of those days!

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  3. read the first four books and loveed it! A great series, everyone should read it!

    thanks for the giveaway

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  4. I have not read this series before, but it looks fantastic. Thanx for pointing me in the direction of another great author.

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  5. I have had this on the TBR lists. Great looking Read. I loved the interview.

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  6. Okay, so, I already have and have read Con & Conjure (I may have snuck down the first day it was out and grabbed the first one off the shelf I could get…) But the whole series has been worth it. I was hooked from the first, and have been laughing my way through since. Not to mention the sexy heroes, yum! Even the side characters are terrific. I want to see Vegard’s book.

  7. I haven’t read them yet, but I’ve had them on my wishlist for a while now. I really want to read them all!!

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  8. I haven’t read this series but I would love to.

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  9. Thanks for the comments and I hope those of you who haven’t tried them- check the series out! Thanks for inviting me to do the review Suzanne!

  10. Great job on the review. You capture the book well. I have all the books and really enjoy them. They are very fun and quick read.

  11. Didn’t try this one but always open for new authors…especially so highly recommended ones 🙂

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  12. I love the sound of this series, but just haven’t quite gotten around to reading it yet … I’d like to, though, please pick me!! 😉

  13. I really enjoyed your review. I found your link from Raine’s Ranger’s page and followed you over here, so thank you for posting it.
    PS I own the book so not entering contest.