The Isis Collar by Cat Adams

 

* I received a copy of this book from Tor Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.

Warned of a magical “bomb” at a local elementary school, Celia forces an evacuation. Oddly, the explosion seems to have no effect, puzzling both Celia and the FBI. Two weeks later, a strangely persistent bruise on Celia’s leg turns out to be the first sign of a magical zombie plague.

Finding the source of the plague isn’t Celia’s only concern. Her alcoholic mother has broken out of prison on the Sirens’ island; her little sister’s ghost has possessed a young girl; and one of Celia’s boyfriends, a powerful mage, has disappeared.

Celia Graves is sent to a local school by a power psychic but she was too late.  Now she is experiencing severe headaches and she is not healing from injuries received from the blast.  With the help of Bruno, Creede and a host of friends, she has to find a cure to save the world from a zombie outbreak before it’s too late.

This is the fourth installment in the Blood Singer series and Celia is faced with yet another problem.  She is injured while trying to save a school full of small children that she can’t seem to recover from.  It turns out it is a magical spell that is turning people into zombies if they don’t get the antidote.

Her mother has escaped from the island and is back in town and Creede is missing, Celia just can’t seem to catch a break.  Fortunately she has the help of friends including Bruno and Rizzoli the evil witch Glinda doesn’t stand a chance.  Unfortunately she isn’t able to save everyone though.

I love Celia’s character.  She is a strong female that takes care of herself but she isn’t afraid to ask for help when needed.  She is constantly having things thrown at her that she has to deal with.  First she is turned into an abomination, then finds out she is part siren and cursed, what’s a girl to do.  Now she is infected with dangerous magical virus that could turn her into a zombie if not taken care of.  She meets every challenge head on but like any other female, has her periods of breakdowns. 

She is still struggling with her feelings between Creede and Bruno both bring something different to the relationship.  They are both trying to help figure out what is wrong with her.  She is having painful headaches and her memory is full of holes.  While Bruno gets her to the hospital for the antidote, Creede goes missing because he’s getting too close to Celia’s problem. 

We see a lot of familiar faces including Dottie, Dawna, Agent Rizzoli and others.  Each continues to aide Celia in her daily life and helps play a role in helping keep her safe.  Glinda the the evil witch is wreaking havoc left and right aided by an ancient artifact that was stolen by her father. 

The story is action packed and fast paced.  I enjoyed the fact that the story arc started in the first book has continued through to this one.  It was fun seeming old friends and watching Celia get out of one scrape after another.  I think there is still too much focus on her meals and the fact that she can’t drink blood.  Overall though, this was a good installment to the Blood Singer series.

I would definitely recommend reading these books in order (Blood Song, Siren Song, Demon Song) for the storyline to make sense and flow.  Overall I give The Isis Collar 3½ Flaming Hearts.