This is an interesting story with an original storyline following Natalie Severin, a recent widow and newspaper reporter on the trail of a group who are stealing rare wild birds. She bumps into local vet Ramses Montgomery, whom she discovers is a Mage - like her dead husband. Natalie's relationship with Charles, her dead husband, had gone badly wrong and left her afraid of Magic, and of the motives and goodness of those who practice Magic.
But Natalie finds herself having to team up with Ram to search for those responsible for stealing the wild birds. Things get more dangerous as people are hurt or killed. Natalie is threatened, and she begins to find evidence that the sinister Mage behind it all could be her twin brother, who disappeared the night her husband was killed. She also finds that Ram is hiding some things from her, especially relating to his Mage talents, and she
too keeps information from him so that she can prepare her newspaper story. Will
they individually be able to deal with the powerful Mage out there while not trusting each other?
The writing in Phoenix Unrisen is fairly good, although sometimes it drags and there
are occasional lazy moments in the plot (for example, Natalie is given a special magical necklace that conveniently is just what she needs at a particular moment). The romance is subordinate to the mystery plot about the Mage, but the characters are interesting - they both struggle with the attraction because of their histories.
The denouement of the story happens more quickly than I might have expected and is perhaps slightly underwhelming, but overall this
is an enjoyable enough read.