Fire & Water (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #3)
I like my whiskey like I like my women: embroiled in a magical warTen years ago I fought for the Witch Queen of London in a mystical showdown against a King Arthur wannabe with a shaved head and a shotgun. Back then, the law did for him before he could do for us.I don’t think we’ll get that lucky again.As if the mother of all wizard battles wasn’t bad enough, fate or destiny or a god with a really messed-up sense of humor has dropped a weapon that could rewrite the universe right into the middle of London, and anybody with half a sniff of arcane power has rocked up to stake their claim on it. Last time this happened, the city went to pieces. This time, it might just go to Hell.Also, still dating a vampire. Still got an alpha werewolf trying to get in my pants. Still sharing a flat with a woman made of animated marble—only now apparently there are two of her. But you know what they say: the more things change, the more they stay the same crap that’s been trying to kill you your entire life.This book is approximately 96,000 words

Fire & Water (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #3) Details

TitleFire & Water (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #3)
Author
ReleaseFeb 24th, 2020
PublisherCarina Press
ISBN-139781488057014
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, GLBT, Queer

Fire & Water (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #3) Review

  • Lex Kent
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! As a huge urban fantasy/paranormal fan and mystery/crime fan, the combo of both is just wonderful. Kate Kane is everything I love in a PI. She’s sarcastic and witty but also plenty flawed. She drinks too much, doesn’t always communicate well, and can be a total badass, but she has a heart of gold and tries to do what’s right. Kate’s inner thoughts and dialogue is so well done that I actually wrote down multiple quotes that made me laugh or smile. To put that in perspective I I love this series! As a huge urban fantasy/paranormal fan and mystery/crime fan, the combo of both is just wonderful. Kate Kane is everything I love in a PI. She’s sarcastic and witty but also plenty flawed. She drinks too much, doesn’t always communicate well, and can be a total badass, but she has a heart of gold and tries to do what’s right. Kate’s inner thoughts and dialogue is so well done that I actually wrote down multiple quotes that made me laugh or smile. To put that in perspective I can count on one hand how many books I wanted to remember quotes from in the past year. As much as I love this series, love Kate, and loved the writing, this was my least favorite book of the series. I have read the first two books multiple times. When I heard that Hall decided to continue the series, this was instantly on my list of most anticipated reads of 2020. Did my super high expectations become part of the issue? Maybe, but there was no way I could give this book 5 stars with its ending. I don’t know what is going on but this is the second book in a row that I would have given 5 stars to but the ending messed it up. And while I hate to bring this up but Carina Press Romance promises their books will have a HEA or HFN. That was not the case here. There were multiple bad things that happened and only a tiny bit of hope for one of them. I have not heard of any plans for a book four but I sure hope Carina will stand by that promise and we will get a HEA for the series. If not, Hall is going to have one angry lesbian on their case. If you are new to this series, do not start here. These books need to be read in order. Hall did a great job of tying in all three books and knowing all the history made the book even more fun to read. Not only that but while Kate is the star, the whole cast of characters around her is wonderful and it’s worth getting more attached to them in each book. Even with my strong dislike for the ending, I still really enjoyed this read. It was almost one of my rare 5 stars ratings. This series holds a special place in my heart and I would easily recommend it to urban fantasy/paranormal fans. I just beg of Hall that after that ending that they won’t keep us waiting long for book 4.A copy was given to me for a honest review.
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  • K.J. Charles
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely love this series. Cracking London-based urban fantasy that has a lot of fun with the cliches of the genre while taking the adventures and emotions very seriously. In this installment the tangled web of the first two books is woven into a brand new threat (it is a testament to the author that I had no trouble picking up the story where I left off despite that being a few years ago) and the emotional developments go in some unexpected directions. Highly readable, very funny, proper Absolutely love this series. Cracking London-based urban fantasy that has a lot of fun with the cliches of the genre while taking the adventures and emotions very seriously. In this installment the tangled web of the first two books is woven into a brand new threat (it is a testament to the author that I had no trouble picking up the story where I left off despite that being a few years ago) and the emotional developments go in some unexpected directions. Highly readable, very funny, proper urban fantasy adventure. I wolfed it down.
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  • Jude
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*For reasons entirely unrelated to the book itself, it took me a week to read Fire & Water, the third episode of Kate “not Batwoman” Kane’s adventures by Alexis Hall. A novel that length, I usually read in one sitting, two days at the most. It’s a testament to the author’s sense of pacing and overall talent that I never had any trouble going back straight and deep into the story whenever I managed to sit down and read.Fire & Water picks up six months after Shadows & Dreams. Kate 4.5*For reasons entirely unrelated to the book itself, it took me a week to read Fire & Water, the third episode of Kate “not Batwoman” Kane’s adventures by Alexis Hall. A novel that length, I usually read in one sitting, two days at the most. It’s a testament to the author’s sense of pacing and overall talent that I never had any trouble going back straight and deep into the story whenever I managed to sit down and read.Fire & Water picks up six months after Shadows & Dreams. Kate is once again looking for the Tears of Hypnos. If you remember, these were what brought all the mayhem in the previous episode. Every wizard and his brother is looking for them because they’re the stuff dreams are made of. Literally. Whoever owns them can have power over the whole world. Or the whole world that matters to them. I got a bit discombobulated about the details when Julian (the sexy Vampire Prince Kate has been shagging since Iron & Velvet) mentioned she didn’t feel concerned. But hey, everyone else in Kate’s environment is, so Kate’s on a mission to find the Tears and hand them over to the least dangerous supernatural being.One of the things I enjoyed about the previous books was their lightness even though they were about death and war. The humour made me smile and snort and snicker. This third one is darker. The characters are still great and I uber-love Kate Kane, but it doesn’t read as easily. It’s more intense. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. And it’s as sarcastic and as snicker-worthy as ever. I mean, even in the direst circumstances, Kate is so deliciously snarky.It didn’t strike me before but Kate Kane (still not Batwoman) reminds me a lot of Jessica Jones if Jessica Jones was into paranormal. You know, more than superpowers and terrifying villains. Also, as I’ve said above, I love Kate, but for the first time, I also found Elise, the magically animated statue, incredibly interesting. Watching her become, in a way, is captivating. Like the first time your child reads a whole sentence by themselves.One word of warning, however: despite Carina Press’s promise of HEA/HFN, Fire & Water definitely doesn’t end well. Nor is it a romance, really. But please don’t let that stop you from reading it. It is so very good, like a more mature sequel to the previous instalments.I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Sibil
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and to the Editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI have started this series ages ago, and I was madly in love with it. But we had just two books to go around and I had waited soooo long for a sequel! So, when I learned that they were publishing it I was excited. Really, really excited. And, to be better prepared for this book, I have re-read the first one (re-edited, and you can find my review here).What I discovered is that I have 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and to the Editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI have started this series ages ago, and I was madly in love with it. But we had just two books to go around and I had waited soooo long for a sequel! So, when I learned that they were publishing it I was excited. Really, really excited. And, to be better prepared for this book, I have re-read the first one (re-edited, and you can find my review here).What I discovered is that I have fallen out of love with this series, sadly. But, there is a big but. It is true that I am not in love with it anymore, but I enjoyed the re-reading anyway, as I have enjoyed this third book.Kate Kane is a PI that seems straight from the noir movies. And I adore her! She is witty, cynic, and she has a penchant for reciting her own obituaries every time she is doing something stupid and very dangerous (alas, very often!). So, you see, you have to love her!And she has a cast of great characters with her! I think that my favorite is Elise, and in this book, we see more of her. In more than one sense! But you have to read it to know what I mean, because I won’t do spoilers here! And we have even some chapters from her POV. That was fantastic!But the other characters are quite good, too. They all have personality and are not just simply wallpaper to the action.And then we have the plot. We have a lot of action, mysteries, battles, relationships and more, all wrapped up nicely in a small package. The story is well developed and it keeps your attention, but we have some things that are unsolved, like the ending (and the relationship between Julian and Kate, but I can’t really say more, here, because… yeah, spoiler again!) and so, even if things here have a sense of… finality, I really hope to see a sequel.I think that the ending was pretty good, if we have another book coming out, sooner or later, but if this is the ending of the series well… if it is so, I am not satisfied with it. Because it could be a good ending for a book, but for the ending of a series it feels hurried and not so well done. So here I am, hoping for more to come!All things considered, it was an enjoyable read, that made me smile here and there, and that kept my attention from the start to the end.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! When I received the ARC for this book, I went and re-read books 1 and 2 just to re-acquaint with the world. I highly recommend reading them before starting this one. That way, one gets to know Kate Kane and the cast of characters surrounding her. Kate in one of my favourite characters in all the books I've read. She's cynical and jaded, but also loyal and truly bad-ass. This time, Kate finds herself in the middle of a mage war. She's supernaturally obligated to help Nimue. At I love this series! When I received the ARC for this book, I went and re-read books 1 and 2 just to re-acquaint with the world. I highly recommend reading them before starting this one. That way, one gets to know Kate Kane and the cast of characters surrounding her. Kate in one of my favourite characters in all the books I've read. She's cynical and jaded, but also loyal and truly bad-ass. This time, Kate finds herself in the middle of a mage war. She's supernaturally obligated to help Nimue. At the same time, the Merchant of Dreams have asked her to look for the thieves who stole the Tears of Hypnos from his shop. Of course, things are never straightforward when they involve supernatural forces. Kate Kane, paranormal investigator, has to navigate these choppy waters while trying not to get killed. I am sincerely hoping that there will be more books in this series. **Huge Thank You to Harlequin Carina Press for providing me with an ARC of this book!**
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    YESSSS!!!I've been waiting for this book for ages.........
  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    It’s no secret that the Kate Kane books are one of my favourite series. It’s been a duology for a while, but I hadn’t given up hope that the series would continue. I was super duper excited when –finally! — the author announced Fire & Water was coming out (along with cover redesigns for the whole series. It could easily have been a case of over-hyping yourself but, I’m thrilled to say, this latest installment met all my expectations.Fire & Water picks up on many of the plot threads from It’s no secret that the Kate Kane books are one of my favourite series. It’s been a duology for a while, but I hadn’t given up hope that the series would continue. I was super duper excited when –finally! — the author announced Fire & Water was coming out (along with cover redesigns for the whole series. It could easily have been a case of over-hyping yourself but, I’m thrilled to say, this latest installment met all my expectations.Fire & Water picks up on many of the plot threads from the previous books, so you should definitely check those out now. This one has some new players — Arty King, a magical gangster and his battleaxe Nan — and pulls in all our favourites too. These books are a real paranormal cornucopia: sassy socialite werewolves, nightclub owning vampires and secret vampire councils, Kate’s ex (an ode to Edward Cullen) and his new teen girlfriend, an animated statue, secretary and Nimue the witch queen. Tying all these threads together means there’s a lot of action and drama in this installment and — although Kate’s still a wiseass — this feels darker than the others. Everything has really went up a notch!I still absolutely love Kate as a character! Like I said, she’s a total smartass: sarcastic and self-deprecating. She’s a mess — although she’s come a long way — and she makes a lot of mistakes, but she has a good heart. Her personality makes the heroic, impulsive leaps into danger far less cliched and much more charming. She reminds me a little Renee Montoya in the new Birds of Prey movie. I also really love Elise, the golem. I always have, but she gets a lot more to do in this book, picking up some of the investigation and even getting a few POV chapters of her own.The ending was unexpected… and feels like it’s setting up for another book, but I haven’t seen that confirmed. In terms of the plot it was all really exciting! In terms of the Kate and her relationships? It was a little disappointing and depressing. I’m not someone who needs a happy ending to enjoy a book but even I’m almost tempted to knock off half a star. That doesn’t seem fair though What I will say, is that the publisher, Carina Press, promises HEA/HFN in their books. This makes no never mind for me, but if you’re a reader who pick their books up specifically for this reason, maybe just stick to the first two books.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI jumped for joy - I had finally been approved for an Alexis Hall ARC.Now, I am new to the Kate Kane series, jumped into book 3 without reading the first two, so it did take me a little while to get into the rhythm of the book.Once I was there, I really had a fun old time reading and I just adored Kate and her friends. I love the banter, the fight scenes were wonderfully executed.Now, because I haven't read the previous books, I was a bit confuzzled ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI jumped for joy - I had finally been approved for an Alexis Hall ARC.Now, I am new to the Kate Kane series, jumped into book 3 without reading the first two, so it did take me a little while to get into the rhythm of the book.Once I was there, I really had a fun old time reading and I just adored Kate and her friends. I love the banter, the fight scenes were wonderfully executed.Now, because I haven't read the previous books, I was a bit confuzzled with whom was who and what was what, but that didn't at all take away from my involvement in the story.I loved the way all the different "beings" saw relationships, and how they all intermingled and got on.Now I find myself needing more, and having to go back and read the first 2 books.
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  • Colleen Corgel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this series just keeps getting better, and darker than ever! It has all the elements of the best urban fantasy, and still packs a huge amount of emotional punch, especially at the end. Kate Kane is dragged, once again, into a magical fight with people that are much stronger than she is, and with far less care for morals and ethics. In the past two books, she is able to come away, somewhat worse for wear, but the world is saved. This time, there is a bit of a change to the proceedings, with Wow, this series just keeps getting better, and darker than ever! It has all the elements of the best urban fantasy, and still packs a huge amount of emotional punch, especially at the end. Kate Kane is dragged, once again, into a magical fight with people that are much stronger than she is, and with far less care for morals and ethics. In the past two books, she is able to come away, somewhat worse for wear, but the world is saved. This time, there is a bit of a change to the proceedings, with some heartbreaking effects.I do have to say that Elise's predominance in the story is a really nice touch. Not to get super deep here, but Elise's presence is such a refreshing one, especially for Kate. Almost all of Kate's relationships are built either on transnational encounters, or are conditional. Even Kate's friendship with Witch Queen Nimue isn't completely healthy, and Nimue is the best person in Kate's circle. Elise, on the other hand, being an animated statue, has no real capacity to feel, is such a good person. I loved we got to see how important she is to Kate. Especially with Julian being her usual mercurial self. There's not a lot of romance to be had here, with the exception of Julian and Kate having sex, but it is interesting how it is developing even if it doesn't have the traditional romance story beats to it. It works, though, because the story around Kate and Julian is more compelling - especially when we see where their places are in this supernatural version of London. Enjoy this one, it has a ton of excellent elements that round out into a humdinger of a finale. It seems like there might be more to come, and I cannot wait for the next book. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Harlequin Books
    January 1, 1970
    CategoriesUrban Fantasy, Vampires, Noir, Paranormal, Fantasy & Paranormal, Female/FemaleMiniseriesKate Kane, Paranormal Investigator (Book #3)
  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.WOW. I did not see the plot twists for this book coming.Kate Spade is back. She is trying to find an artifact that will tip the scales of the world as she knows it.Eliseo continues to grow as a "person" and discovers she has sisters created, animated and discarded by the same evil sculptor.The vampires continue to conspire and betray - will anyone survive?
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  • Annie Maus
    January 1, 1970
    Alexis Hall’s Fire & Water could be the spawn of Humphrey Bogart (in The Maltese Falcon or Treasure of Sierra Madre) and a brilliant multi-level interactive video game. Add in Hall’s luxuriant command of facts and language. Shake them, don’t stir. The result is a novel that… well, Kate Kane, our paranormal investigator/heroine describes it perfectly: “There’s too much about all of this that doesn’t quite make sense.” But that’s exactly Fire & Water’s noir appeal. We’re on a fast-moving Alexis Hall’s Fire & Water could be the spawn of Humphrey Bogart (in The Maltese Falcon or Treasure of Sierra Madre) and a brilliant multi-level interactive video game. Add in Hall’s luxuriant command of facts and language. Shake them, don’t stir. The result is a novel that… well, Kate Kane, our paranormal investigator/heroine describes it perfectly: “There’s too much about all of this that doesn’t quite make sense.” But that’s exactly Fire & Water’s noir appeal. We’re on a fast-moving ride, waiting for the centrifugal forces to halt, so more can be revealed.In the series’ first two books (which should be devoured first) readers value Kate’s reality checks. “I like to think I’m a pretty together person all told, once you get past the drinking, the terrible taste in women, and the primordial connection to the ancient spirit of the hunt.” Kate’s mother, Queen of the Faeries, is not a pixie, but “a blood-drenched embodiment of primal hunger who keeps taking over my body and I’ve got a body I don’t want taken over. I suppose that’s what you call an impasse,” Kate, the mistress of understatement, narrates. Kate bungles her way through cases, between uneasy truces of paranormal beings, while dating a vampire sex “prince” (female) and remaining friends with multiple ex-lovers and a plethora of mystical creatures. Yet she remains humble. “I tended to see myself less as a mentor and more as an object lesson.” In the process, she is burned, shot, stabbed, and cursed by those who want total power for themselves. Luckily she heals easily. Kate, may consider herself amoral, but is constantly at an ethical crossroads. When she makes a deal with one creature, another exacts a price she can’t always predict. Thus, Fire & Water is a parable. We are all fairly free to do what we wish, as long as we’re willing to pay the price, rarely knowing it in advance. Readers are grounded by several humorous choruses, like Kate’s tendency to repeat a phrase when she’s in a lethal situation. “Here Lies Kate Kane. Something creepy with mirrors. Beloved daughter, sorely missed.” Only the middle sentence, delineating the method of death, varies from situation to situation. Kate compulsively courts trouble.What sells this chaos? First, there is Hall’s wisdom, like when Kate tells her ex, who is stalking his new girlfriend, “‘Your feelings don’t control her decisions. That’s kind of not-being-a-controlling-douchebag 101.’” Then there’s Hall’s tendency to render the mundane into something extraordinary. Several chapters narrated by a once inanimate object uncannily reflect how various objects might think about us. Hall reads people’s subtleties to perfection, such as Kate’s reaction to an ex in pain, “Seeing her like that made me feel a bunch of difficult things, and let’s be very clear. I don’t even like feeling easy things.”But, as a reader what I loved most was the irony. “Hell: making the best things suck since the dawn of creation.” “I’d probably made an enemy, but hey, it was good to end your day knowing you’d made something,” Kate reflects.If you’re in the mood for a challenge, an ever-moving, fast-paced, brilliantly orchestrated plot, lovably flawed wizards, murky morals, sinful virtues and a hell of a lot of fun, grab ahold of Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator books 1-3. Fire & Water leaves us in murky circumstances, an optimal ending to the saga, granting the hope of Book 4.
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  • CB
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I have come to loveI’m really disappointed with the ending! I don’t know what happened that the story took such a negative turn! I have been thoroughly looking forward to this book, telling everyone I can about my favorite pudding nun. Then this story happened. I want to rate it a 2 but I also don’t want to be that harsh just because I don’t agree with where the story has gone. Spoilers ahead! My poor girl has her best stone friend killed, nim left in a coma, and breaks up with her Not what I have come to loveI’m really disappointed with the ending! I don’t know what happened that the story took such a negative turn! I have been thoroughly looking forward to this book, telling everyone I can about my favorite pudding nun. Then this story happened. I want to rate it a 2 but I also don’t want to be that harsh just because I don’t agree with where the story has gone. Spoilers ahead! My poor girl has her best stone friend killed, nim left in a coma, and breaks up with her girlfriend after risking so much for her. So tho she is alive at the end of the book, she is left all alone. It is very depressing. Then to wait however long for the next story... And our favorite vampire pudding nun literally tells her that tho she cares about her she loves herself more and thus left her to die. This is a tragedy in my opinion. I don’t know if I will continue with the series. I only read hea books and with this installment I no longer trust the author to deliver that. It’s still a good read if your okay with not having the ending all wrapped up in neat bows. And who knows, maybe the next book will be able to redeem this one. One can hope.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    I find myself in the enviable position of not being able to come up with enough words of praise for this series. The first series I read by Alexis Hall was on the opposite end of the literary spectrum to this one. I read the Spires series. It's firmly rooted in the contemporary world we are familiar with and its primary characters are men. What I loved immediately was the way that Hall writes characters.The Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator books have some of the best characters I've read in the I find myself in the enviable position of not being able to come up with enough words of praise for this series. The first series I read by Alexis Hall was on the opposite end of the literary spectrum to this one. I read the Spires series. It's firmly rooted in the contemporary world we are familiar with and its primary characters are men. What I loved immediately was the way that Hall writes characters.The Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator books have some of the best characters I've read in the genre. I love Kate! She's a bit of a train wreck I'll grant you. She drinks too much, she can't be assed to dress up for anything. She certainly seems to have bad taste in terms of her relationships because she has a string of exes who provide nothing but complications and flat-out trouble.But. Kate cares about her friends and even those troublesome exes. What's clear throughout this series is that every time she makes a connection with someone... good or bad ... she sticks with it. Oddly enough, she seems to just want peace and quiet. It's odd because when she's got it, she doesn't seem to know what to do with it!So, in this book which I think maybe the final installment, Kate is hired to chase down one of the magical bits she has run into before. The problem is that this item has sparked an all-out battle between two factions of the supernatural world. Nim is on one side, and if you've read the rest of the series then you know that Kate has a magical oath binding her fealty to Nim. Of course, this causes Kate lots of problems!There's no end of well-written fight scenes in this book. I do enjoy myself a strong female lead! But it's Kate's snark and wit that always get me. Let me explain to you about Alexis Hall's writing. When my husband asks me what I'm reading and I happen to be reading one of Hall's books then I simply respond with, "riding a pissed-off unicorn backward." Just that one phrase and he knows whose books I'm reading.Hall has a talent. Yes, Hall is a good writer. This series has a great plot, it's well-paced and the characters are solid. What has always stood out for me the most is Hall's wit and humor. These books are hilarious! I have read very few books in my life that have made me laugh out loud, TJ Klune does it... and Alexis Hall does it. In fact, I'm actually aloud to read parts of Hall's books to Joel without him shooing me away.I'm not giving any of this away as you're probably like me and have been reading the series. No need for spoilers. I can say what I want about this book without revealing anything about the plot really. Suffice to say that this is typical of Hall's writing. It's witty, smart, full of action, has lots of nasty things lurking around trying to kill Kate (probably half of which she had a relationship with in the past), and it's entertaining!You'll enjoy this series if you love paranormal fun with a bit of mystery and a fantastic female lead.
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  • Sadie Forsythe
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been almost five years since I read the first two books in this series. So, I went into Fire & Water a little warily. I wasn’t sure I’d remember enough to follow the plot or if my memory of enjoying the earlier books was accurate. But Alexis Hall is one of my favorite authors, so I had faith. Hall catches the reader up on past events, in the beginning, carries Kate’s sardonic humor throughout and wraps everything up (while leaving an opening for more) in the end. All in all, it was It’s been almost five years since I read the first two books in this series. So, I went into Fire & Water a little warily. I wasn’t sure I’d remember enough to follow the plot or if my memory of enjoying the earlier books was accurate. But Alexis Hall is one of my favorite authors, so I had faith. Hall catches the reader up on past events, in the beginning, carries Kate’s sardonic humor throughout and wraps everything up (while leaving an opening for more) in the end. All in all, it was another win for me.However, I did think things just sort of happened. From the start to the finish, the book is a series of Kate did this, did that, then a small section fo Elsie did this and that, then more Kate did this before a lot of people did that. There isn’t really any pause in the series of events for any character development or even getting to know anyone if you don’t already.Despite my one complaint, I look forward to more Kare Kane in the future. I just hope I don’t have to wait five years for this one.
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  • Sera Taíno
    January 1, 1970
    Unlike many other readers, I came at this series in the last 12 months, so I never saw their previous iterations, nor did I have to wait so long for the third installment.So I had another sensibility altogether when I picked up this series. While I found the first two books to be witty and engaging, I felt the writing was strongest in this installment. There is still a lot happening in these books, so many creatures betraying and realigning their allegiances, engaging plot twists and a Unlike many other readers, I came at this series in the last 12 months, so I never saw their previous iterations, nor did I have to wait so long for the third installment.So I had another sensibility altogether when I picked up this series. While I found the first two books to be witty and engaging, I felt the writing was strongest in this installment. There is still a lot happening in these books, so many creatures betraying and realigning their allegiances, engaging plot twists and a break-neck pace that sucks you in, as is fitting of a suspense novel. Elise really comes into her own, and enjoyed the concept of her "sisters," running amok (the scene between Kate, Russell, Lisbeth & Elise had me cackling more than it should have). This installment really hiked up the stakes, which I think was hinted at in the earlier books, but is now coming to fruition in this book (god, it's hard to write without spoilers but I'm trying!). The ending is...woah...But it's really good, even somehow appropriate, and opens up the possibility of future installments. I really liked this novel on its own merits and I'm not at all put out by the direction it's taken. It's perhaps my favorite of the three books.ARC provided by Netgalley
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  • Carolina Rossouw
    January 1, 1970
    Good addition to the series overall. Without devolving into spoiler territory, I’ll just say I firmly fall on the “I liked it” side of the Marmite/Vegemite ending of the book. If you’re a fan of twisty, off kilter urban fantasy featuring smart mouth heroines with some fun self destructive tendencies, this series is for you.
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  • Teamama
    January 1, 1970
    Bam! A rollercoaster paranormal. Cans of whoop-ass are opened and drained to the last drop. Every trope of paranormal/weird fiction is deployed, like a Busby Berkley fever dream. So many moving parts!All the things I liked in Kate Kane books 1 & 2 are turned up to 11. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud. I also shouted "No!" out loud at one point. It got a wee bit talky right before the end, but that's a tiny criticism. Alexis Hall is a must-buy author. I await book 4, Smoke Bam! A rollercoaster paranormal. Cans of whoop-ass are opened and drained to the last drop. Every trope of paranormal/weird fiction is deployed, like a Busby Berkley fever dream. So many moving parts!All the things I liked in Kate Kane books 1 & 2 are turned up to 11. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud. I also shouted "No!" out loud at one point. It got a wee bit talky right before the end, but that's a tiny criticism. Alexis Hall is a must-buy author. I await book 4, Smoke & Ashes (out in October 2020?) and book 5, Time & Tide (some time in 2021?) with anticipation.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    Each book in this series is better than the previous and this one is no exception.It's a lot of fun to read and I love the fast paced plot, the world building and the fleshed cast of characters.Can't wait for the next instalment.Highly recommended.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Amazonaute
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Fire & Water is book 3 in the Kate Kane paranormal series. I have read each book as it has been published. I reread them back to back to fully understand what was going on. The series improves with rereading.Book 3 resolves the story, but plenty is left for more stories, which is delightful. We get to hang out with Kate and her world. The characters are great and multifaceted. Kate seems to be overly fond of roaring up to I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Fire & Water is book 3 in the Kate Kane paranormal series. I have read each book as it has been published. I reread them back to back to fully understand what was going on. The series improves with rereading.Book 3 resolves the story, but plenty is left for more stories, which is delightful. We get to hang out with Kate and her world. The characters are great and multifaceted. Kate seems to be overly fond of roaring up to people and yelling at them which isn’t always helpful. In fact, reading the books back to back I was left very aware of Kate’s general limitations. This book is somewhat darker than the previous two. This is a paranormal series, with a relationship arc. Honestly my main takeaway is that Hall should drop all his other stuff and just write in this universe. TL:DR1. It’s great. This is desert island keeper stuff.2. Start with book 1. 3. It’s a bit darker than 1 and 2.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Ah! Kate is amazing, so much Lady. Trouble.This book really hits its stride once it gets done with some quick and dirty exposition for folks not familiar with the world. I continue to love that we get glimpses of the larger world, but that there's a lot of stuff going on that really isn't her stuff. I loved Elise, she really shone in this installment and getting to see her perspective as a narrator for a bit was lovely. The way she sees the world, as an animate statue, is necessarily different Ah! Kate is amazing, so much Lady. Trouble.This book really hits its stride once it gets done with some quick and dirty exposition for folks not familiar with the world. I continue to love that we get glimpses of the larger world, but that there's a lot of stuff going on that really isn't her stuff. I loved Elise, she really shone in this installment and getting to see her perspective as a narrator for a bit was lovely. The way she sees the world, as an animate statue, is necessarily different than how water-based bodies do. And it follows that she would have a different relationship with other (comparatively) static materials and the creations they make up.I did have some trouble keeping up with all the folks and who had betrayed who because of "xxx." But this is totally worth multiple reads and that will become clearer - Hall does his homework on intricate plotting. SHIPPING ELISRIEL FOREVER!!!
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  • iam
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review & more here.4.5 starsI'm a bit torn about this one. The third installment of the Kate Kane series was fast-paced and kept upping the ante, the world once again at risk, on a much bigger scale than before.And for the most part that was amazing. Kate and her various friends, exes, acquaintances, former enemies, current enemies, and more made for an amazing crew that was never boring to read about. Content warnings include: violence and gore, injury and death, casual You can find this review & more here.4.5 starsI'm a bit torn about this one. The third installment of the Kate Kane series was fast-paced and kept upping the ante, the world once again at risk, on a much bigger scale than before.And for the most part that was amazing. Kate and her various friends, exes, acquaintances, former enemies, current enemies, and more made for an amazing crew that was never boring to read about. Content warnings include: violence and gore, injury and death, casual sexism, relationship between a teenager and an adult, abduction, very mildly explicit sex on-page, pretty unhappy ending.We even got a couple chapters from another character's POV towards the end, which was amazing, and just as hilarious as Kate's voice, if in another way. However... the ending. I was not a fan. It felt just so bleak, and gave me mixed feeling as I finished the book, rather than ending on a high note like the previous books. Which, sadly, also painted my entire view of the book in retrospect in a more dim light than before.It also makes me really hope for a fourth book - there are sooo many open ends despite the final feeling conclusion that it would be a shame to stop the series here.Overall I did really enjoy Fire & Water, though. I adore Kate & friends, the plot connected nicely to what happened before and picked up previously forgotten threads, there were both old and new elements and it was exciting to read and made me laugh as often as the prequels. A few of the new elements felt kind of lacking in the explanation/ground work department, but it wasn't too distracting. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Z Aung
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: ARC provided in return for an honest reviewAh this was FUN. Serious fun. Things come to a head in this book as an old enemy of Kate's comes back with a vengeance. Kate is a little older and a lot wiser now, but she's going to need all the help she can scrouge up to take on good old Arthur. As always, I'm impressed by Alexis Halls ability to weave several character threads and arcs together. The banter is perfectly executed, the fight scenes are gloriously choreographed, and arses are Disclaimer: ARC provided in return for an honest reviewAh this was FUN. Serious fun. Things come to a head in this book as an old enemy of Kate's comes back with a vengeance. Kate is a little older and a lot wiser now, but she's going to need all the help she can scrouge up to take on good old Arthur. As always, I'm impressed by Alexis Halls ability to weave several character threads and arcs together. The banter is perfectly executed, the fight scenes are gloriously choreographed, and arses are kicked judiciously. Everything that makes Kate Kate, Kate Kane is here; cynicism, snark, bad taste in bad exes, and a streak of caring that gets her into trouble all the damn time. I really also enjoyed how Julian and Kate saw relationships and loyalty very differently because well...one is nigh immortal and the other is not. Their approach to the world, to other people, and to problems are starkly different and the book doesn't shy away from showing how that can effect their relationship.
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