Black Heart Loa by Adrian Phoenix continues the gripping saga of life in the bayou and environs of New Orleans started in Black Dust Mambo. Kallie Riviere is still coming to terms with the shocking revelations about herself and the sacrifices so many have made on her behalf. A frantic search for her cousin Jackson Bonaparte reveals that there are significant problems with the use of the tools that the practitioners are familiar with and disastrous complications proliferate. A pair of inept assailants entangle Kallie, her aunt and hoodoo teacher Divinity, Gabrielle LaRue and Kallie's friend Belladonna Brown in a nightmare perpetrated by the machinations of the loa Baron Samedi who finds a way to endanger all that they have fought for. Jackson is in for the fight of his life due to both external and internal forces as his past finally catches up to him and Louisiana braces for yet another horrendous hurricane that threatens to surpass all that have come before due to the misfiring of magic that is occurring. The sensual Nomad Layne is still trying to deal with the aftermath of Doc Heron's death as his own powers make him yet another site of contention between warring spirits and he becomes inextricably entangled with Kallie's affairs.
Another fascinating look at a world peopled by charismatic beings, some overtly evil, some questionably evil or inimical through self-interests and those who seek to keep them in check. The intense passions characteristic of Ms. Phoenix's writings give a vivid picture of a society that most are unaware of which yet wreaks considerable influence upon daily occurrences. The mysteries underlying the complex characters who are realistic in their lack of perfections continue to be slowly revealed in this excellent addition to the series.
While searching for her missing bayou-pirate cousin, Kallie Riviere, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds out the hard way that someone’s undoing powerful gris gris down in the bayou and changing the very nature of magic. Suddenly working magic is like rolling a handful of dice—random and definitely not what you planned.
Now the wards woven by conjurers to protect New Orleans and the Gulf coast are in danger of unraveling, leaving the city and the coastline vulnerable just as the deadliest storm—an unnatural storm—in a century is born. And aims for the heart of New Orleans.
As Kallie races to uncover the random magic’s source and restore the wards, she learns a dark and unsettling truth: she might be the source. And she and everyone close to her—including a certain sexy nomad who can wear wet boxers like no other man—are being hunted.
Then Kallie steps right into the most dangerous trap of all, a trap set just for her in the form of a tall, dark, and grumpy loup garou designed to steal her heart. Literally