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Review – “Phoenix Rising”

Phoenix Rising


New York City homicide detectives Artemis Gregory and Rachel Wayland are first on the murder scene of a beautiful young gay man, the third victim of a serial killer dubbed the Moon Killer by the department. Their investigation leads them to Talis Kehk, charismatic lead singer of the rock group Phoenix Rising. As the next full moon approaches, Artemis and his partner uncover clues that lead straight to Talis—even as Talis, exhibiting behavior Artemis finds strange indeed considering the circumstances, uses every means possible to keep Artemis close.

Artemis could never fall in love with a murderer, could he? Innocent or not, Talis has a secret… and it’s about to change Artemis’s world forever.


You know I like Theo Fenraven’s books, no question about that, but Phoenix Rising was particularly interesting.  If there’s one thing I appreciate in a story, it’s when I feel like I’ve read something unique, and I’ve certainly never read anything like Phoenix Rising.  There were choices the characters made that made me pause.  One in particular made me set down the book in shock and wonder how the hell Theo was going to pull it off but in my opinion, he certainly did.

I don’t want to give away the plot, but Talis’ secret is utterly fascinating. It changes the way Artemis views him, and the world around them. I loved the way myth was woven throughout the story.  I love that when I finished it, it didn’t leave my head and I kept mulling it over, pondering how I felt about it.  I love that Theo’s books make me think.   The books that stick with me are the ones that challenge me.

This was a tricky, tricky story to tell but I love that not only did Theo attempt it, he pulled it off. Spectacularly.

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