When I first picked up the book entitled Sealed by Magic by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder, I saw it was actually the second book in the Emerald City Shifters series, so I decided to get the first book, Sealed By Fire, so that I could quickly read it before Sealed By Magic. I didn’t want to miss any valuable information that I might have missed by skipping to the second book and I was right. I recommend to all readers to read Sealed By Fire first because there are a lot of references from the first book in the second book that will completely throw you off the story and most likely just confuse you. As an example, Ari is from the first book where Zach is mentioned but the two of them move the story along later on.
I liked how this story was hot and intense once it got moving, and I must say that it was well worth reading. For those who enjoying reading shifter romances with magical fantasy thrown in, you definitely need to get this series and make sure you read the books in order. The story was well written and I highly recommend.
Seattle has been at peace since before it was founded on the banks of the Puget Sound. The war between the witches and the snake shifters ended and they now live separate lives. Generations of distrust have kept them separated, until Ari Fitzgerald meets sexy Zachary Bennett, a young witch from the Queen City Coven.
Ari is the son of the lamia king. He needs to find the source of the black market trading in lamia venom before any other snake shifters are hurt, or worse. The young ones are most at risk, because their venom is more potent. Ari discovers the source is a witch and suspicion falls on Zac and his coven. Ari doesn't want to believe it.
Zac works for his brother-in-law, a powerful bear shifter who doesn’t care about shifter politics. When three coyote shifters come to town, looking for black-market lamia venom and a witch to kidnap, Zac gets caught in the middle between the bears, the lamiae, and the power-hungry coyotes. He's going to need all the help from Ari that he can get.
Ari and Zac must find the source of the venom before the city erupts into a dangerous war, with the two of them on opposite sides.