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Review: Fire on the Island By J.K. Hogan

All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.

Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible.

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RO8BZM
  • My Copy: Review copy provided to MKR

I am always looking for a new paranormal series to read, and I found one!


This first journey into the Bruixi world brings us to the Scottish island of Arran and our heroine, Isla Macallen.  Isla owns a successful tour guide business, (although the locals think she is just a guide), and thinks of herself as an ordinary woman who has overcome a traumatic past.  Because of the strange tattoo on her neck, the locals have shunned her as a witch.

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau, or “Jere”, is a parapsychologist who validates or de-bunks ghost stories and other paranormal activities and then writes about his experiences.  He is handed the opportunity to head to Scotland to the island to investigate the rumors of a line of witches, that may be related to a life changing event from his past, when his editor forces a vacation on him.

The first books in a new paranormal series can be tricky because we also as readers need an introduction to the world and its rules.  This was handled beautifully in Fire on The Island, since Isla and Jere are learning for the first time we get to learn right along with them.  I loved this aspect of the book, it made everything work for me.

4 Meows





MamaJo is a working wife and mother of two that is rarely seen without a book in her hand. She started reading horror novels in elementary school and from there has read some of everything. Her favorite genres are horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, suspense, and romantic suspense. You will also catch her with a contemporary or historical romance at least once a month to "cleanse her reading palate".

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