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Solve a murder, save her mother, and stop the apocalypse? No problem. She has a foul-mouthed troll on her side. For Austin homicide detective Leira Berens, happy is running down bad guys and solving crimes. And she’s damn good at it. Which is why when the Light Elf prince is murdered, the king breaks a centuries old treaty and crosses between worlds to seek her help. Wait a minu Solve a murder, save her mother, and stop the apocalypse? No problem. She has a foul-mouthed troll on her side. For Austin homicide detective Leira Berens, happy is running down bad guys and solving crimes. And she’s damn good at it. Which is why when the Light Elf prince is murdered, the king breaks a centuries old treaty and crosses between worlds to seek her help. Wait a minute. An Elf? Like from Lord of the Rings or something? Yeah, Leira has a hard time accepting that. But it doesn’t matter what she believes. Magic is real, and it’s coming back with a literal bang. The prince’s death was only the beginning. Tracking down his killer is about more than just justice. It’s saving the world. If you’re looking for a heroine who prefers fighting to flirting, this book is for you.​


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Solve a murder, save her mother, and stop the apocalypse? No problem. She has a foul-mouthed troll on her side. For Austin homicide detective Leira Berens, happy is running down bad guys and solving crimes. And she’s damn good at it. Which is why when the Light Elf prince is murdered, the king breaks a centuries old treaty and crosses between worlds to seek her help. Wait a minu Solve a murder, save her mother, and stop the apocalypse? No problem. She has a foul-mouthed troll on her side. For Austin homicide detective Leira Berens, happy is running down bad guys and solving crimes. And she’s damn good at it. Which is why when the Light Elf prince is murdered, the king breaks a centuries old treaty and crosses between worlds to seek her help. Wait a minute. An Elf? Like from Lord of the Rings or something? Yeah, Leira has a hard time accepting that. But it doesn’t matter what she believes. Magic is real, and it’s coming back with a literal bang. The prince’s death was only the beginning. Tracking down his killer is about more than just justice. It’s saving the world. If you’re looking for a heroine who prefers fighting to flirting, this book is for you.​

30 review for Waking Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Waking Magic by Martha Carr, Michael Anderle and narrated by Carly Robins is a fresh fun fantasy! It has a portal to another world, a tough female Texas cop, elves, a murdered Prince, drunk bowlers, tentacles, and a 5 inch troll that bonds with the cop! The little troll can change sizes too! It is action packed, fun, full of zany characters, situations, and keep me very entertained!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Bad The main character is described in detail as a hottie. Then to explain why she's not in a relationship, it's explained that she's dedicated. So while her middle aged, out of shape male partner is in a relationship, if she looked the same that would explain why she's not. She likes shooting SUSPECTS before arresting them, a trait that her male partner really likes about her. It makes sense because any poor suspect is automatically guilty when a policeman/woman decides. Saves the expense of t Bad The main character is described in detail as a hottie. Then to explain why she's not in a relationship, it's explained that she's dedicated. So while her middle aged, out of shape male partner is in a relationship, if she looked the same that would explain why she's not. She likes shooting SUSPECTS before arresting them, a trait that her male partner really likes about her. It makes sense because any poor suspect is automatically guilty when a policeman/woman decides. Saves the expense of trials, right? It must be true because every American TV show and movie featuring cops illustrate that fact and TV can't show anything that isn't true, right? Of course these shows and movies also show that a high priced attorney can get almost any suspect released in ten minutes. I'm confused now, it's almost as if there are at least two justice systems. She suggests that the arresting officers should bounce the arrestee's head against the police cruiser a number of times. I guess that's legally acceptable and doesn't violate anyone's rights. Why are they prosecuting Milwaukee jail guards for withholding water from an inmate for only a week (he died), it makes no sense to me. Those were the highlights of the first four pages. Characters are stereotypes on steroids. The arrested man has one line "why you do me like that". So the writer is not herself racist, she just fills in characters that her audience expects to see? Writer is not a misogynist, she just writes the sexist drivel that her audience craves? I bailed after four pages, these stereotypes can have deadly consequences for men and women. Shame on the writer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    Talk about a disjointed read. This book was a mess. Nothing flowed, information was given out randomly, most of them having no bearing on what was happening. There were several instances where things happened that a normal person wouldn't do. First off her mother has been in a psych ward for 15 years because she was seeing elves and the fairy folk, Leira hasn't seen her in that time either. Leira also starts to see these thing but when she realizes her mother is not crazy she doesn't go see her t Talk about a disjointed read. This book was a mess. Nothing flowed, information was given out randomly, most of them having no bearing on what was happening. There were several instances where things happened that a normal person wouldn't do. First off her mother has been in a psych ward for 15 years because she was seeing elves and the fairy folk, Leira hasn't seen her in that time either. Leira also starts to see these thing but when she realizes her mother is not crazy she doesn't go see her to at least acknowledge she's sane. She is a detective as well, I'm sure she had the standing to get her mother out expeditiously but she didn't even consider it. Secondly, she was told that an artifact was stolen and this artifact can be used to open a portal into the elven world which apparently is not a good thing. Leira is tasked with finding this artifact before that happens in a couple of days. I was expecting her to begin her search with immediate alacrity but imagine my shock when she went bowling with friends instead, c'mon now. That's not a detective I want in charge of saving the world.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    DNF 5% The writing is all over the place weaving from one persons perspective to another w/o really delineating who is talking or separating the perspectives. At one point we're reading about the police partner liking that the h pretty much shoots first and asks questions later....yeeaaah....yikes. Then two pages later the h was suddenly talking and asking another officers to bounce the suspects head off the back seat of the patrol car after she kicked him in the gut for saying a rude comment. (Yea DNF 5% The writing is all over the place weaving from one persons perspective to another w/o really delineating who is talking or separating the perspectives. At one point we're reading about the police partner liking that the h pretty much shoots first and asks questions later....yeeaaah....yikes. Then two pages later the h was suddenly talking and asking another officers to bounce the suspects head off the back seat of the patrol car after she kicked him in the gut for saying a rude comment. (Yeah he shot your partner, but he was already in cuffs detective. ) Then oop the elves are talking now?...I...okay. Wasn't liking the h enough already to continue with the writing style. Not for moi.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Two authors writing a book together is certainly not a novel concept. Husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews is a prime example of how two writers can produce an incredible read without any hint is separatism. Unfortunately, I didn't get that feeling with "Waking Magic" by Martha Carr and Michael Anderle. While the story had great potential it fell short due to too many points of views and disjointed writing. When I first read the summary for this book I was so excited. I was looking forward Two authors writing a book together is certainly not a novel concept. Husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews is a prime example of how two writers can produce an incredible read without any hint is separatism. Unfortunately, I didn't get that feeling with "Waking Magic" by Martha Carr and Michael Anderle. While the story had great potential it fell short due to too many points of views and disjointed writing. When I first read the summary for this book I was so excited. I was looking forward to reading about a female detective, Lerica, who has a 5 inch magical troll reeking havoc in her life as she investigates the murder of an Elven Prince and attempts to recover a stolen ancient artifact. What I received was a story that did not allow the main character to truly express her voice. There was so many different viewpoints popping in all over the place that the story never fully blended together. Was it because there were two authors? I don't think so. Besides, that could have been handle better if the story was told from two characters points of view. Another thing that bothered me was the flow of the plot. Without revealing any spoilers why didn't Lerica go see her mom for insight into the new world in which she was dealing with. Additionally there was far too little of Yumfuck, the troll. His presence was the brightest moments in this book. Needless to say, I won't be going on with this series. Sorry but the writing wasn't my cup of tea.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eric Green

    Pretty much what you expect of self-published stuff on Amazon. It's done reasonably well for what it is, but clearly could have benefited from some aggressive editing. Pretty much what you expect of self-published stuff on Amazon. It's done reasonably well for what it is, but clearly could have benefited from some aggressive editing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    I was bitterly disappointed by this. Let me start with a little bit of a rant. This is labeled as the first book in a series, book 1. But I picked it up and was completely confused, lost. The story had obviously started somewhere else. How can that be if this is book one, I asked. Well, apparently there is a book .5. Now, I have no problem with .5 books (or however you want to labeled something that comes before book one). This is the place for a prequel. But if the story is part of book one, if I was bitterly disappointed by this. Let me start with a little bit of a rant. This is labeled as the first book in a series, book 1. But I picked it up and was completely confused, lost. The story had obviously started somewhere else. How can that be if this is book one, I asked. Well, apparently there is a book .5. Now, I have no problem with .5 books (or however you want to labeled something that comes before book one). This is the place for a prequel. But if the story is part of book one, if it's necessary to read and understand the story, then I firmly believe this is not a prequel, it's not book .5. IT IS BOOK ONE. So, I take some serious issue in how this author has chosen to number the books. I couldn't pick up book one and find the start of a story. I couldn't easily catch up or follow it. This is a serious problem for me. Especially since it doesn't really end either. So, I didn't get a complete beginning or ending. Outside of that (for me) one big issue, I also thought the book rushed and unfocused. Tell me, if you have a few short days to find someone and a magical object would you take the time to go bowling? As an author, would you dedicate pages to someone's trip to CVS? There was very little in the line of plot progression, character development or world building. (Maybe it's all in that previous book, which only further supports my assertion that it should be book one.) I'll grant that the characters were likable and the troll cute. But you never get to know them. The writing is mechanically fine and I don't remember too many editing errors. But I have no desire to continue the series. Edit: Another reviewer, who did read the 'prequel' stated that it is the "the first 3 or so chapters of the book, despite being published separately." I'll add that it's not even a freebie. So apparently you have to pay for the first 3 chapters of this book separately. That's a big FAT "no" from me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited There are some on our planet who believe you can't handle the truth, so the truth has been hidden for millennia. The only problem is the truth is coming back… Early.Some of the crazy history shows on cable TV might not have the answers, but at least they ask the right questions.Homicide detective, Leira Berens is in a race against a magical force with a mischievous troll by her side with a penchant for swearing.The stakes are real. And so is the magical world she just visited.An Kindle Unlimited There are some on our planet who believe you can't handle the truth, so the truth has been hidden for millennia. The only problem is the truth is coming back… Early.Some of the crazy history shows on cable TV might not have the answers, but at least they ask the right questions.Homicide detective, Leira Berens is in a race against a magical force with a mischievous troll by her side with a penchant for swearing.The stakes are real. And so is the magical world she just visited.An elven prince is dead, a timebomb as a necklace is loose in her world, and her mother may not be crazy. It’s a lot. But with help from unexpected places, Leira is going to accomplish more than she ever thought possible. Quest For Magic: The Revelations of Oriceran (The Leira Chronicles Book 0) Waking Magic: The Revelations of Oriceran (The Leira Chronicles Book 1) book #2 due in week or so 1 writer does the Wallace Jones series among other things, the other does Kuthurian Gambit series among others.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richard E.

    Waking Magic Very well written book. once I started reading it, it opened up into a Movie for me. Another 'over the Green Monster' hit for the Kuthurian Universe. finished in approx 4 Hours...Because it was like Watching a Movie for me. Waiting to see Y Tiberius Troll comes into his own, TOO. RJ Sends. Waking Magic Very well written book. once I started reading it, it opened up into a Movie for me. Another 'over the Green Monster' hit for the Kuthurian Universe. finished in approx 4 Hours...Because it was like Watching a Movie for me. Waiting to see Y Tiberius Troll comes into his own, TOO. RJ Sends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Burns

    So much fun!!! I love this series so far! I adore the humor and all the characters especially that adorable troll the cutest sidekick ever. I'm very much looking forward to more of this series keep it coming can't wait to see how Leria evolves into her gifts and her not cutting herself off so much emotionally. Please hurry with next story can't wait!!! So much fun!!! I love this series so far! I adore the humor and all the characters especially that adorable troll the cutest sidekick ever. I'm very much looking forward to more of this series keep it coming can't wait to see how Leria evolves into her gifts and her not cutting herself off so much emotionally. Please hurry with next story can't wait!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alastar

    Wonderful Book 1 was even more fun than book 0. I enjoyed Liera's interaction with both the troll and with 😃Bert. I am definitely curious to learn more about Liera's background and were she is heading to. Wonderful Book 1 was even more fun than book 0. I enjoyed Liera's interaction with both the troll and with 😃Bert. I am definitely curious to learn more about Liera's background and were she is heading to.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darla Phillips

    This series is going to be a blast! I am a huge Kutherian fan and was really "trolling" around for something new and fun to start. I have found it and I so need a YFTT mug to sip out of when reading the next book! This series is going to be a blast! I am a huge Kutherian fan and was really "trolling" around for something new and fun to start. I have found it and I so need a YFTT mug to sip out of when reading the next book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Slightly better than the first While some of the ideas are still good, the way they are presented lacks cohesion and clarity. The reader's attention is drawn this way and that without regard to flow. I think a couple of revisions would make this better. Slightly better than the first While some of the ideas are still good, the way they are presented lacks cohesion and clarity. The reader's attention is drawn this way and that without regard to flow. I think a couple of revisions would make this better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wanda binz

    Wonderful I can't wait for more stories in this series. You and Michael make a great story writing team I can't wait for more. Thanks Wonderful I can't wait for more stories in this series. You and Michael make a great story writing team I can't wait for more. Thanks

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lois Alston

    Loved it I am hooked. Love this story, but wanted a different ending. Anxiously awaiting for the next story in this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Norma Mason

    I love the new world! I refuse to write spoilers, but love the troll! The author has created a world and characters that makes sense and whom I can fall in love with!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Johansson

    Reads like a teen book with a few cuss words thrown in. I couldn't finish it. Reads like a teen book with a few cuss words thrown in. I couldn't finish it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Benson

    Good writing, good story, developed characters I would suggest you read the prequel. As teasers go it will grab your attention right off the blocks. The main character is an Austin homicide detective who is young and very good at what she does, and as it turns out is tagged to find the murderer of an elven prince. Comp!ovations and twists arise as they will and there is a time limit as well. Good story and complex, developed characters with none of the typos, grammatical errors, or inconsistenci Good writing, good story, developed characters I would suggest you read the prequel. As teasers go it will grab your attention right off the blocks. The main character is an Austin homicide detective who is young and very good at what she does, and as it turns out is tagged to find the murderer of an elven prince. Comp!ovations and twists arise as they will and there is a time limit as well. Good story and complex, developed characters with none of the typos, grammatical errors, or inconsistencies beginning authors are prone to. I plan on making this author a favorite and hope she writes for a long time to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deni

    I like it so much that I read it a couple of times! If you get the chance to read this book don't pass it up. I like it so much that I read it a couple of times! If you get the chance to read this book don't pass it up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adam Woodruff

    A new universe and new friends Michael and Martha bring to you a new universe with a detective that is happiest when she is in the throes of her job, elves, gnomes and an troll who likes to nest in her underwear. Welcome to the Oriceran Universe.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann Zdunczyk

    ONG more, more, more Just as you think you have a handle on how things are going, WHAM!! You get smacked up beside the head and nope you have no idea!! Great stories and can't wait for more!!! When is the next one coming out!!!!! ONG more, more, more Just as you think you have a handle on how things are going, WHAM!! You get smacked up beside the head and nope you have no idea!! Great stories and can't wait for more!!! When is the next one coming out!!!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alfred Durrance

    A good start for the series. Looking forward to the next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sooziemac McLaughlin

    I plowed through these books like a troll through Voodoo Doughnuts, like a Light Elf through a barrel of knock off Costco Cheetos. This series may well be "Fellowship of the Ring" for the digital age. .... It's got everything! Magic, Magical Creatures, Tentacles, Texas! Battles between the Dark and the Light. Evil Duplicitous Beings, otherwise known as ..... Politicians. I believe that this series is a treatise on the current debate between the NRA (the Dark mist) and children of our country. No, I plowed through these books like a troll through Voodoo Doughnuts, like a Light Elf through a barrel of knock off Costco Cheetos. This series may well be "Fellowship of the Ring" for the digital age. .... It's got everything! Magic, Magical Creatures, Tentacles, Texas! Battles between the Dark and the Light. Evil Duplicitous Beings, otherwise known as ..... Politicians. I believe that this series is a treatise on the current debate between the NRA (the Dark mist) and children of our country. No, I don't. I don't think that at all! In fact, I just think these books are a fun read, with a multi-faceted main character, who stands up for the Light, capital "L". Turn off the (UN)Reality TV, and pick up these books! Soon, you'll be lounging on a patio in Austin, TX, drinking a Lone Star with a Knob Creek back, and wishing that the portals to another dimension would just OPEN already, as long as Oriceran is on the other side.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Waking Magic: The Revelations of Oriceran is my introduction to Oricera and I am captivated. I was drawn into Leira's story, a detective who suddenly discovers that her "hallucinations" are real and so is the world on the other side. She's pulled into a homicide with mere days within which to solve it or the evidence will be lost and so will the culprit. As her investigation proceeds, Leira begins to see the scope of consequences if she should fail in her quest. As she spends time with Corren, an Waking Magic: The Revelations of Oriceran is my introduction to Oricera and I am captivated. I was drawn into Leira's story, a detective who suddenly discovers that her "hallucinations" are real and so is the world on the other side. She's pulled into a homicide with mere days within which to solve it or the evidence will be lost and so will the culprit. As her investigation proceeds, Leira begins to see the scope of consequences if she should fail in her quest. As she spends time with Corren, an elf sent to assist in the race to find an ancient artifact, stop a villain, and save not just Oricera but Earth, Leira receives shocking revelations about herself and her own family. Filled with suspense, mystery and large measures of humor from unexpected companions, Waking Magic is a great adventure with a promise of much more to come from the talented Martha Carr!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elaina Myers

    A new exciting universe and main character! After reading most of the books in the Kurtherian universe, I decided to try this one as it came up as a recommendation for me at the end of another Kindle book. I am so glad I did! More cursing than I usually care for, but it is totally worth it, sometimes laugh / snort out loud funny (the trolls name! I may have to get a mug :), and it is not as much as in Kurtherian Gambit book 1, by a long shot. I wouldn't mention it, but I know my sister-in-law look A new exciting universe and main character! After reading most of the books in the Kurtherian universe, I decided to try this one as it came up as a recommendation for me at the end of another Kindle book. I am so glad I did! More cursing than I usually care for, but it is totally worth it, sometimes laugh / snort out loud funny (the trolls name! I may have to get a mug :), and it is not as much as in Kurtherian Gambit book 1, by a long shot. I wouldn't mention it, but I know my sister-in-law looks for things like this before she lets her 11 year-old read books, so I thought I should mention it. I love the characters! Even Corren *cough Bert* grew on me pretty quickly. It will be interesting to see how things progress as the alignment between the worlds moves closer and Leira discovers more about herself and her family's past. On to book 2!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    A Detective, a Troll, and an Elf Walked Into a Bar .... Leira Berens, an Austin homicide detective, is coming to grips with the fact that she might not be entirely human. She is tracking down the murderer of an elvin Prince for the Light Elves. I like leira's character. She is beautiful, strong, determined, and capable. Bert, Leira's name for him, has been sent to help and watch over her. By the way, he looks great without his shirt. Humor mixed with danger abound as Leira trips her awakening mag A Detective, a Troll, and an Elf Walked Into a Bar .... Leira Berens, an Austin homicide detective, is coming to grips with the fact that she might not be entirely human. She is tracking down the murderer of an elvin Prince for the Light Elves. I like leira's character. She is beautiful, strong, determined, and capable. Bert, Leira's name for him, has been sent to help and watch over her. By the way, he looks great without his shirt. Humor mixed with danger abound as Leira trips her awakening magic as well as the feared dark magic. Will Leira be able to get her mother out of the psych ward? Will she be able to find her Grandmother? I am ready to read the next book "Release of Magic".

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Roke

    Oohhh, the ending!!! Leira is awesome and her new buddy Yum#$ck, a normally 5 inch troll. The Prince of the Light Elves was killed and she is now being paired with Bert. The human that killed the Prince was brought into Oriceran by a very unexpected group. And that group has been duped. All of this leads to problems both on Earth and Oriceran. Add the Silver Griffons, an Earth based magical SWAT team, and the killer who is non-magical and now wearing the artifact he stole (the whole reason he was Oohhh, the ending!!! Leira is awesome and her new buddy Yum#$ck, a normally 5 inch troll. The Prince of the Light Elves was killed and she is now being paired with Bert. The human that killed the Prince was brought into Oriceran by a very unexpected group. And that group has been duped. All of this leads to problems both on Earth and Oriceran. Add the Silver Griffons, an Earth based magical SWAT team, and the killer who is non-magical and now wearing the artifact he stole (the whole reason he was smuggled in) that at the Oriceran full moon is going to do something big. And bad. And Leira and Bert show up just in time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amba Jane

    It is a fun book to read, with it's diminutive and feisty heroin. The style is part detective, part mystery, and part fantasy with supernatural portents. It carries the reader along from it's first page to it's last, never losing it's momentum. In fact, it leaves the reader wanting more. The good characterizations from the first novel were enhanced in this second effort. Though the ending was a slight let down, this book is pure enjoyment.  It is a fun book to read, with it's diminutive and feisty heroin. The style is part detective, part mystery, and part fantasy with supernatural portents. It carries the reader along from it's first page to it's last, never losing it's momentum. In fact, it leaves the reader wanting more. The good characterizations from the first novel were enhanced in this second effort. Though the ending was a slight let down, this book is pure enjoyment. 

  29. 5 out of 5

    tiffiny moore

    So far......GREAT!!! Ok...so for the start of the eight book series it's pretty damned good!!! I ohhhh so love YTT!!!! I wish I had one!!! So if u love fantasy you will probably love this book! Leira is a homicide detective and gets pulled thru a portal from the light elves. They need her to help solve a murder! If that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will!?!?! So get a copy today....what are you waiting for??? Lol So far......GREAT!!! Ok...so for the start of the eight book series it's pretty damned good!!! I ohhhh so love YTT!!!! I wish I had one!!! So if u love fantasy you will probably love this book! Leira is a homicide detective and gets pulled thru a portal from the light elves. They need her to help solve a murder! If that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will!?!?! So get a copy today....what are you waiting for??? Lol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I read the introductory short story Quest for Magic and was annoyed it just ended. It was obviously a ploy to get the reader to buy the first book in this series. Eventually I tried this book but the Troll is so excruciatingly annoying I just couldn’t be bothered. It might be that this turns into a decent story, but I just couldn’t face anymore of the Troll.

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