Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury -1) by Kasey MacKenzie

Red Hot Fury (2010—Shades of Fury #1) by Kasey MacKenzie

Shades of Fury series by Kasey MacKenzie 

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy

Series Description or Overview Edit

As both Fury and Chief Magical Investigator for the Boston PD, Marissa Holloway makes it a point to get mad and get even! Hell hath nothing worse than a Fury scorned… As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator for the past five years, she’s doing what she was born to: solving supernatural crimes. ~ Kasey Mackenzie » Red Hot Fury

Leads Species Edit

  • Furies

Primary Supe Edit

  • Greek gods

What Sets it ApartEdit

  • Furies are a nice break from vampires and shifters and mages. 

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative in Riss's voice

Books in Series Edit

Shades of Fury series:

  1. Red Hot Fury (2010)
  2. Green-Eyed Envy (2011)
  3. Blackhearted Betrayal (2012)

World Building Edit

Setting Edit


Supernatural Elements Edit

Supes: Furies, Warhounds, magic tattoos, Cat shifters, Shadowhounds, spirits, Harpies, Sidhe (faeries), Giants, Goblins, Bastai (aka Cats),

Mythologies: Greek, Egyptian, Celtic, Nordic, and German

Glossary: Edit

  • Classes of Furies: Alecto, Tisiphone, Megaera
  • Furies: the peacemakers of the supernatural world; they try to protect mortals from villainous supernaturals.
  • Tisiphone: (Riss is one) wears red and deals mainly with homicides
  • Arcane Races: (supernaturals?)
  • “weps”: weapons
  • Warhound: shape-shifter—related to the Egyptian god, Anubis
  • Shadowhounds:
  • Nemeses: investigators with enforcement powers
  • Anubis: Jackal-Headed Egyptian god

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Magical Crime Unit: of the Boston Police Department
  • Fury Sisterhood:
  • Triad

World Edit

bases her Furies on the ones from Greek mythology, but with a twist. In myth, there were three Furies: Alecto, Tisiphone, and Megaera. Here, these names represent not individual Furies, but classes of Furies. Riss is a Tisiphone. This means she wears red and deals mainly with homicides. ~ GR Reader

Protagonist Edit

Marissa “Riss” Holloway is a Fury—once human but now morphed into a magical being serving as Boston’s chief magical investigator, part of the mortal Boston Police Department. Riss has two snake tattoos—one on each arm—that become live venomous serpents when she calls on them to help her fight or to heal her wounds. Rissa can shapeshift into various disguises, and when she is full Fury form, she sprouts wings. She has super strength and speed, and when she lets her inner rage rise, she can boil the blood of her enemies. If that rage gets out of control, however, she will turn into a Harpy—a hyper, crazier version of a Fury. The Furies are the peacemakers of the supernatural world; they try to protect mortals from villainous supernaturals. ~ Fang-tastic Fiction

Sidekick Edit

Name: — What: — Sidekick-to: — About: — Book First Seen In:

Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Riss, Marissa Holloway Tisiphone Fury mission is to fight supernatural crime
Scott shape-shifting Warhound love interest; royally screwed up their relationship years ago, have a second chance to work things out;
Harper Cruz FBI Agent Riss's friend
Sean Scott’s little brother
Vanessa Fury murder victim; Riss's best friend; Vanessa’s body doesn’t seem quite right magically speaking;
Anubis Jackal-Headed Egyptian god has broken a number of immortal laws
Nan Riss's grandmother acting so crazy
Stacia Riss's former mentor really dead?
Medea Nan's long-dead sister part of Anubis's schemes
Trinity human Rissa's human partner

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Kasey Mackenzie

Kasey Mackenzie

Author Edit

Kasey Mackenzie

Bio: Kasey Mackenzie lives with her husband and son in St. Louis, Missouri; home of the Gateway Arch, the baseball Cardinals, and the world’s greatest thin-crust pizza. Kasey was one of those students who always had her nose in a book—so no big surprise when she was voted “Teacher’s Pet” in her high school yearbook. Today, she is a voracious reader of fantasy, romance, suspense, and “soft” science fiction. She adores her German shepherd puppy, two cats, playing softball, and has recently taken up knitting. So far she can cast on, do the knit stitch, and cast off. Hey, it’s a start! ~ Goodreads

Contributors Edit

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Other Contributors Edit

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Publishing InformationEdit

  • Publisher: Ace
  • Author Page:
  • Bk-1: Paperback, 337 pages, Published June 29th 2010—0441018920
  • Bk-2: Paperback, 295 pages, Published June 28th 2011—ISBN 0441020496
  • Bk-3: Paperback, 1st Edition, 294 pages, Published June 26th 2012—1937007650

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Red Hot Fury (2010): Introducing a sizzling new urban fantasy series featuring Marissa Holloway, an immortal Fury who doesn't just get mad...she gets even. As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator for the past five years, she's doing what she was born to do: solve supernatural crimes. But Riss's investigation into a dead sister Fury leads to her being inexplicably suspended from her job. And to uncover the truth behind this cover-up, she'll have to turn to her shape-shifting Warhound ex for help. ~ Goodreads | Red Hot Fury (Shades of Fury, #1) by Kasey MacKenzie

BOOK TWO—Green-Eyed Envy (2011): Jealousy can be a killer... As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator, it's her duty to solve any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. Months have gone by since Riss discovered some unwelcome truths about her past--and managed to stop a supernatural war. Since then things have been quiet. Too quiet. But that all changes when the bodies of Bastai, shapeshifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston's magical underbelly--even though the legendary shifters are supposed to have ninety-nine lives. One common thread ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and Riss's lover Scott Murphy enjoyed a one-night stand before he and Riss reunited, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open, before the killer's green-eyed gaze turns in Scott's direction. ~ Goodreads | Green Eyed Envy (Shades of Fury, #2) by Kasey MacKenzie

BOOK THREE—Blackhearted Betrayal (2012): Trust is a luxury some women can’t afford… As a Fury, Riss Holloway belongs to an arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator, she’s responsible for solving any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. But now that she’s going home, Riss has no idea just how dangerous–and personal–the crimes have become. Riss Holloway has taken a leave of absence from her mortal job as Chief Magical Investigator for the Boston PD. Right now she’s determined to focus on her Fury duties: like assisting her mother with an unsettling friction brewing in the Sisterhood–a faction of Furies sworn to serve all the Deities equally. Until now. Someone is playing favorites. As a result Riss is ushered into a tumultuous civil war–and not one just tearing apart the Sisterhood, but one embroiling every god and goddess into the chaos as well. What was once a precept, to stand as a united whole policing arcanekind for millennia, has been divided by something Riss never imagined–and choosing sides could be the most dangerous move she’s ever made. ~ Goodreads | Blackhearted Betrayal (Shades of Fury, #3) by Kasey MacKenzie

BOOK FOUR—Blackhearted Betrayal (2012): ~ Goodreads | White-Knuckled Fear (Shades of Fury, #4) by Kasey MacKenzie

First Sentences Edit

  1. Red Hot Fury (2010) — Something seemed fishy about the corpse stretched out on the sand, and it wasn't the heavy odor of Boston harbor hanging in the predawn air.
  2. Green-Eyed Envy (2011) — Everyone knew that cats got way more than their fair share of lives, but the poor guy spread-eagle on the alley floor would have called BS on that. (Well, if his life hadn't been permanently snuffed out—not an easy thing to do to one of the shape-shifting children of the Egyptian goddess Bast.)
  3. Blackhearted Betrayal (2012) — Nothing killed a postpartum buzz like waiting all night to jump your lover's bones only to ha a Harpy bust into your home while you're getting frisky on the sofa.

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Read Alikes (suggestions) Edit

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Notes Edit

Kasey Mackenzie » FAQ

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