The Cursed (League of the Black Swan, #1)The Cursed by Alyssa Day
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Cursed is the first installment of a new series from Alyssa Day, League of the Black Swan. Since this is the first book of the series the purpose of this book seems to be to build the urban fantasy world of Bordertown and introduce us to the characters who will be the main players. We are also provided with the background on which the rest of the series will be based.

Rio has lived in Bordertown her entire life. Her earliest memories are of growing up in a convent run orphanage. Now she is days away from her twenty-fifth birthday. Her uncontrollable mind-reading talent makes her the center of attention for some of the more unsavory residents of Bordertown. Suddenly, several powerful beings have an interest in Rio and her birthday. Because of this, she enlists the help of the local wizard. Luke has gone to great lengths to avoid interacting with Rio any more than necessary. That fact that she is looking for him for help and a shadowy organization from his past contacts him to track her down makes his goal of limited interaction impossible. Luke is trying to prevent activating his curse and Rio desperately wants to get back to her mundane life. Little do they know that fate has more in store for both of them.

Fans of The Hollows series will enjoy the potential of this new series.

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