Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Of Flame and Light
by Cecy Robson
Published by Cecy Robson, LLC
Book # 7 in the Weird Girls Series
Book #1 in Weird Girls: Flame series
Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning.
She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran's insecurities have driven them apart. Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative. The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don't come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered. Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Supernatural Exciting
Of Flame and Light is the seventh book in the Weird Girls series, and it is the first full length novel in the Weird Girls: Flame series. It is written in Taran's point of view, and centers around Taran, devastated over her falling out with her mate, Gemini, and dealing with depression, brought on by her new limb, that was given to her through magic, after losing her arm in book 4 after Anara attacks. When it becomes clear that the arm makes her magic uncontrollable, and the fire and light she used to yield so easily is now slowly burning her from the inside out, she is forced to accept Genevieve's help, the head of the local witch clan, that she hates, and knows is interested Gemini. She studies along other lesser witches, learning to control her magic, while learning to come to terms with her new limb.
Magic aside here, the story of a woman, depressed with a new disfigurement, trying to learn to accept her new body, is not often subject manner you find in books, and is a nice change. Add the magic back in, and its a totally unique conception. I always had a feeling that Taran would have to work with the witches at some point, and I love that despite her sadness, we still get Taran's classic attitude.
Taran really grew as a character in this book. She learned a lot of lessons, she stood up for what she believed in, but ultimately, she learned to accept herself ... flawed arm and all. It's a nice metaphor, that the more she accepts herself and her new limb, the stronger she becomes, and more control she gains. She even manages to get over her jealousy of Genevieve in the end, and finally accept that Gemini loves her, and only her.
I won't lie, Gemini and Taran's separation in this book was hard to read. Taran's feelings of inadequacy, feeling as if Gemini was disgusted by her, made me teary eyed every. Damn. Time. Who hasn't felt like that at some point, and it really brought forward some of those emotions forward. They were just so miserable without the other. I was pretty annoyed too. A little communication, and they could have avoided this whole mess. Gemini, who has grown up understanding mate-hood all his life, assumed Taran knew he could never be disgusted with her. I suspected that his problem was his guilt, but he really needed to communicate that with her right away. And while we learn at the end that he was with Genevieve at the compound solely to watch out for Taran, Taran has made it plenty clear her feelings on how Genevieve acts around him. All it would take is him asking Genevieve to give him a foot of space. Frustrations aside, I love Gemini and Taran together, and I am glad they talk over their issues in the end.
And come on ... the part where Taran changes her identity for a test, flirts with Gemini at a bar (while passing her test by fooling her sister Celia and Aric), and their insanely hot, angry sex at the hotel, was amazing. I suspected he knew along who she really was, and breathed a big breath of relief when he asked Taran where she was going the next morning. The car ride with Celia afterwards was a funny moment after an intense one between Gemini and herself.