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Part 1 : Black Dust Mambo
Part 2 : Black Heart Loa
Voodoo - Hoodoo / Urban Fantasy
Description on Kobobooks :
"There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it seems to dry p like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse...."
Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching - the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju - a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.
Now Kallie has use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer - even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated - back home to Bayou Cyprés Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor... who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.
I've been researching the voodoo/hoodoo culture and religion for a couple of years now. It started out as research for a LARP project but it turned into a genuine subject of interest.
A little while into the historical research I started wondering why I had never come across a fantasy series with this type of magic. It seemed like a world of inspiration and possibility was left untouched. So, I went online and started searching.
Adrian Phoenix is the first writer I found with such a series and I immediately bought the two books available. At that time I didn't have an ereader so the short story Caught Forever Between had to wait 'till later on.
I can truly say that I've devoured these books again and again and I can't wait for more!
One of the things I like about these books is that it brings the world of voodoo alive in a way one can only imagine. As it turned out, this isn't the only urban fantasy series that does just that but for me it was the first and therefore it will always be one of my favourites!
I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the world of voodoo and the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.