So, this book is…a little bit silly. It’s a novella, not a novel, and it begins a series I’m fond of. However in this one everyone’s still finding their feet, and some of the characters come across as caricatures of who they are in later books.
Magic in the Wind is the short beginning to Christine Feehan’s seven book Drake Sisters series, a series about seven sisters from generations of seven sisters who are born with magical powers. When they’re not cavorting around the world they share a house on the cliff of a Californian coastal town. Each sister has special abilities – such as healing, and the ability to manipulate the wind. Sarah ‘knows things’ others don’t, and in this one the sisters are working together to stop the men after Sarah’s love interest, Damon.
The hero and heroine of this book are a bit different to what you usually find in paranormal romance, and to what you’ll find from the other characters in this series. Damon is not an alpha male, and has some physical limitations which make Sarah the superhero of the pair. He is also older than the others. Sarah isn’t an especially interesting heroine. She’s definitely the blandest of the Drake sisters, and doesn’t really play a major part in the series after this book. Being the oldest, she’s a little annoying with her motherly instincts; she’s always telling the others off for one thing or another.
In many ways this novella feels like a television show pilot. Things are okay, but when you come back for the next episode some of the actors have been replaced and the set is a different colour and shape. The characters haven’t yet grown into themselves in Magic in the Wind. The Drakes come across as too immature (they’re all old enough for fancy international careers and yet they act like teenagers sometimes), and Jonas – the sheriff and someone who goes on to play a big part throughout the books – seems like a different man in this one.
It’s a stupid complaint, but I would like for this author to stop using the expression ‘pointed out’ so often. Everyone’s always pointing something out! They could ‘remind’ or ‘mention’ or ‘indicate’ or ‘show’ or ‘specify’ (thank you to my thesaurus for the alternatives!). There’re so many options.
You definitely don’t need to read this one to move on to the full length books. In fact, Magic in the Wind was the last Drake Sisters book I read.
This is a decent start to a good series. You get to meet most of the stars of later books, and you get a feel for what this magic thing is all about. Being so short, this is a harmless little introduction to the Drake Sisters.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Magic in the Wind
- The Twilight Before Christmas
- Oceans of Fire
- Dangerous Tides
- Safe Harbour
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