Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

Reviewed by Jen

I have been a fan of Kelly Meding since her Dreg City days. So when I saw she had a new urban fantasy series starting, I was super excited. And I am happy to report that Stray Magic didn’t disappoint.

The heroine, Shiloh, is a US marshal who works with a special paranormal unit. She is half human, half djinn, and as the story begins, she is just looking forward to a little R&R with her boyfriend, Vincent. Unfortunately, before they can get too cozy, she is called away on a case. A group of vampires has taken a trailer park hostage. The thing is, though, it is just an entry point into a larger mystery. Someone has been snatching vampires and werewolves… and master vampire Tennyson orchestrated the hostage situation it to get the help of Shiloh’s team in finding out who is behind the kidnappings and stopping them. This, as Shiloh’s own boss goes missing. She must work with Tennyson and the remainder of her team in a race to find the bad guy as it seems he is closing in on her at the same time.

It’s quite a good plot. There is a ton of action and layers of the mystery. The world building is very well done too. As with any book that I end up really engrossed in, the real win here is in the characters and the complicated relationships among them. From the tension filled interplay between Shiloh’s parents, to her interactions with her ex, Jaxon, to her boyfriend… and Tennyson, I was constantly trying to figure out where everyone fit in her world. Some of those questions were answered better than others. There is definitely a thread of romance by the way, but for the life of me I’m still not sure who the main love interest is supposed to be. Is it the boyfriend, Vincent? Is it the ex, Jaxon, who she clearly is still linked to? Or the forbidden possibility of a pairing between a djinn half blood and the vampire Tennyson? My money is on the last one, but there are enough storylines at play I could be wrong. I both love and hate the fact that I am not sure.

There’s plenty of violence here, as there often is in Meding’s books, but this heroine doesn’t quite suffer to the extent that some of her other ones have. Of course, we are still early in the series. There’s a lot of gore, too, and if spiders freak you out, beware.

I am very excited to see where the author takes us in the second installment. I will definitely be reading to find out.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Stray Magic
by Kelly Meding
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Harper Voyager


  1. I’m excited too. I’ve always liked this author. Great review! Anne – Books of My Heart

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