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Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez isn't just any cop, he's a psychic who knows that the cattle mutilations and torture murders he's been investigating are somehow tied together. He also knows that his meager psychic abilities aren't enough to identify the killers, much less stop them. Luckily, Mark has an ace up his sleeve: an attractive young romance novelist who happens to be a practicing witch. And not just any witch, either-Diana Tregarde is a Guardian, charged with protecting the Earth and all its creatures. Using modern science and ancient magics, Diana and Mark discover that they are tailing no ordinary serial killer but the awakened avatar of an Aztec god. Tezcatlipoca and his four beautiful handmaidens are preparing for a great sacrifice that will transform North America into a new Aztec realm. Diana isn't sure her powers are strong enough to take on those of a risen Aztec god, but she has no choice. As a Guardian, she is sworn to protect mankind, even at the cost of her own life. Luckily, she does not stand alone. Mark Valdez is more than just a cop. And Tezcatlipoca is not the only Aztec god walking in the world.… (altro)
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The best of Lackey's exotic magical books. The historical details are fascinating and the plot very believable. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
“Burning Water” is the first of the fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey about her character, Diana Tregarde. It takes place in 1980’s Dallas, Texas.

In this book Diana, or Di, teams up with an old friend of hers, a Dallas homicide detective, Mark Valdez, to investigate a series of murders in Dallas that involve magic and the supernatural. Valdez knows Di is a powerful witch, so when he suspects there’s a magic aspect to the murders he asks his chief to let him call Di in as a consultant. For the whole time they’re investigating they know there’s magic, but they have to keep reporting to the chief as though there isn’t, because who would believe that?

We know from the first chapter that the supernatural villain is based on Aztec mythology.

I was disappointed by the deus ex machina ending, feeling like that left the story kind of flat.

I didn’t like the depiction of white Texans in the story, their dialogue all made them sound like cartoon caricatures of Texans. Maybe many Texans talk like that, but the only Texan I personally know certainly doesn’t, he speaks English like the well educated person he is with barely an accent.

Overall, the book was alright. I was entertained for a few hours reading it. If I hadn’t already bought the two follow up Diane Tregarde novels, I’m not sure this book alone would’ve motivated me to buy them. ( )
  KevinRubin | Sep 24, 2021 |
One of Misty Lackey's best. Diana Tregarde, mystical worker teams with Detective Mark work together to solve a mystery that involves the Old Gods of Mexico. ( )
  JoBass | Apr 7, 2020 |
This is the first book in the Diana Tregarde series but the book didn’t quite feel like Di was the main character. It was more about Mark and his observation of Di as she helps him solve some killings in Dallas. The book was released in 1989 and you can tell it was. There are some definite points that show its age but that also help give it a fantastical feel which is exactly what this book is – paranormal goodness.

The book is really good and full of action, history and relationships. The story starts off immediately and it doesn’t really ever ease up on the intensity until the last few pages of the book. Both Mark and Di are very interesting characters and the author establishes the length of the relationship and you never doubt it because of the ease they have with each other. The mystery is a little obvious and there were times I wondered why Mark and Di didn’t see it. The author tried to explain it away but it still seemed too obvious.

The friendship between Mark and Di was so refreshing because it was a man and woman true friendship. No gay best friend, no secret love for each other, no friends with benefits -- just a good friendship built over years of knowing each other.

I actually had to deduct a whole star for the ending. I can’t really get into too much other than to say it was less than satisfying. I also think the Kindle version needs some editing as there several editing errors in the book.

Overall a really good book and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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  TVNerd95 | Jul 6, 2019 |
Diana Tregard, powerful Guardian and protector of supernatural folks, is travelling to Texas to help out her friend and cop , Mark Valdez, with his investigation into a series of ritualized murders. It seems a great power is growing and needs to be stopped before it claims more victims.
I liked the Aztec mythology built into this one, but I doubt it's terribly accurate. Diana continues to be a bad-ass heroine and Mark was a decent character as well. It was too bad Diana's vampire boyfriend Andre didn't factor much in this, but the lack of romance wasn't terribly missed. ( )
  EmScape | May 20, 2019 |
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Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez isn't just any cop, he's a psychic who knows that the cattle mutilations and torture murders he's been investigating are somehow tied together. He also knows that his meager psychic abilities aren't enough to identify the killers, much less stop them. Luckily, Mark has an ace up his sleeve: an attractive young romance novelist who happens to be a practicing witch. And not just any witch, either-Diana Tregarde is a Guardian, charged with protecting the Earth and all its creatures. Using modern science and ancient magics, Diana and Mark discover that they are tailing no ordinary serial killer but the awakened avatar of an Aztec god. Tezcatlipoca and his four beautiful handmaidens are preparing for a great sacrifice that will transform North America into a new Aztec realm. Diana isn't sure her powers are strong enough to take on those of a risen Aztec god, but she has no choice. As a Guardian, she is sworn to protect mankind, even at the cost of her own life. Luckily, she does not stand alone. Mark Valdez is more than just a cop. And Tezcatlipoca is not the only Aztec god walking in the world.

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