Heist by Kezzy Sparks - A thrilling introduction to the dark mystical world of Melanie ‘Breaker’ Perkiss, Buffalo NY’s most capable witch hunter and spell lifter. ***Adult - Paranormal - Thriller ---- Spotlight - Guest Post: Who are Kezzy's top ten fantasy characters, and why? - Giveaway***
by Kezzy Sparks
No wonder when a shell-shocked and heartbroken Casey walks into Melanie’s office to report the incident, the witch hunter immediately goes on a chase, risking her own life as she encounters dark creatures and malevolent spirits in the city’s darkest corners.
The pressure is indeed on Mel: the wedding is fast approaching and leads remain few. Will she be able to corner the mage, recover the taken goods and save a doomed marriage, while bringing the conspirators to justice?
Kezzy Spark's top 10 fantasy characters and why
I have read a lot of fantasy stories and enjoyed them. Below is a list of those characters who have stood out more than others
#1 Harry Potter from the capable hands of J.K. Rowling. He is so famous that there is nothing new to write about him. Many critics rightly consider him to have been largely responsible for bringing the urban fantasy sub-genre into vogue.
#2 Harry Dresden of the Dresden files by Jim Butcher. A down on his luck wizard for hire living in the city of Chicago. He investigates several magic things, and has many weird encounters with some paranormal entities. A very good series to check out.
#3 Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. Mercy is a walker, meaning she can shape-shift into a coyote. Although her story is not supposed to be a paranormal romance, there is some sort of love triangle going on.
#4 Charlie Davidson by Darynda Jones. Charlie is a grim reaper and private investigator who helps dead souls cross to the other side. Often times however, she finds herself investigating murder cases, because some of the souls have issues they want dealt with before they cross.
#5 Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. A very good offering from the husband and wife writing team of Ilona and Andrew Gordon. Kate is a mercenary of modest means making a living out of attending to the magical problems of futuristic Atlanta.
#6 Sookie Stackhouse from the popular series by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is a psychic but its her encounters with vampires that drives this series. The books’ television spin off, True Blood on HBO, has received even better reviews.
#7 October Daye by Seanan MacGuire. October is a changeling, meaning she is half fae, half human. In the first novel in the series, she must investigate the murder of Evening Winteross, a countess.
#8 Elena Michaels, of Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong. She is a shape-shifter, the world's only female werewolf. Her affairs include having a normal human husband, plus a werewolf lover named Clay.
#9 Catherine ‘Cat’ Crawford, by Jeaniene Frost. Another changeling: she is half vampire, half human. Her claim to fame is that she is a huntress, but as this series starts, the odd thing is that she is determined to hunt and kill her own father.
#10 Elena Devereax of the Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh. Elena lives her life in futuristic New York City as a vampire hunter. The series begins with her being hired by the city's archangel ruler to track another archangel who has gone rogue.
Kezzy Sparks is a Toronto based author and writer. HEIST is his debut fiction in the long form. He enjoys reading as well, and lists works by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Benedict Jacka, Dan Brown and Kevin Hearne as some of his personal favorites.