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I wasn’t even remotely interested in collecting the third instrument of assassination. It was far better for everyone involved — and for Warner, specifically — if I just let it be. And since I was the only one who could retrieve the artifacts, I figured it was my call to make. I was wrong. And though that wasn’t unusual, I was just so … so … wrong … about everything. I was I wasn’t even remotely interested in collecting the third instrument of assassination. It was far better for everyone involved — and for Warner, specifically — if I just let it be. And since I was the only one who could retrieve the artifacts, I figured it was my call to make. I was wrong. And though that wasn’t unusual, I was just so … so … wrong … about everything. I was wrong about who I was protecting and why. I was wrong about who and what I could control. And I was wrong about who I was becoming. Baker of cupcakes, maker of trinkets, half-witch, half-dragon, dowser, alchemist … Why couldn’t I just be Jade?


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I wasn’t even remotely interested in collecting the third instrument of assassination. It was far better for everyone involved — and for Warner, specifically — if I just let it be. And since I was the only one who could retrieve the artifacts, I figured it was my call to make. I was wrong. And though that wasn’t unusual, I was just so … so … wrong … about everything. I was I wasn’t even remotely interested in collecting the third instrument of assassination. It was far better for everyone involved — and for Warner, specifically — if I just let it be. And since I was the only one who could retrieve the artifacts, I figured it was my call to make. I was wrong. And though that wasn’t unusual, I was just so … so … wrong … about everything. I was wrong about who I was protecting and why. I was wrong about who and what I could control. And I was wrong about who I was becoming. Baker of cupcakes, maker of trinkets, half-witch, half-dragon, dowser, alchemist … Why couldn’t I just be Jade?

30 review for Artifacts, Dragons, and Other Lethal Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

    4 Stars Review: Listen, I'm normally good at writing reviews, but I'm six books into this series and running out of things to say. This book was good and a satisfying wrap-up to the Shailaja part of the series (Books 4-6). You should read it if you're already this far into the series, or you should start the series if you haven't already and you like intense urban fantasy with great characters and strong friendships and lots of supernaturals (witches, vampires, shifters, dragons). Also Jade and he 4 Stars Review: Listen, I'm normally good at writing reviews, but I'm six books into this series and running out of things to say. This book was good and a satisfying wrap-up to the Shailaja part of the series (Books 4-6). You should read it if you're already this far into the series, or you should start the series if you haven't already and you like intense urban fantasy with great characters and strong friendships and lots of supernaturals (witches, vampires, shifters, dragons). Also Jade and her current love interest's relationship is super cute. I'm glad she's with him. He's great to her. I also love Jade's dad. He really cares about her and has her back and respects her. All the main characters are so lovable. I've definitely been enjoying listening to the audiobooks of this series. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 6th book in the series and it doesn't disappoint. Jade and the gang are still after Shailaja, although Jade wants to keep everybody safe and so doesn't go looking for awhile which slows the book down a bit but allows the reader to read about some good sex and even better food descriptions. Once Jade realizes she's going to have to take out the rabid koala the action moves fast until the end. I was worried that this was going to be the end of the series but from what I read it seems l This is the 6th book in the series and it doesn't disappoint. Jade and the gang are still after Shailaja, although Jade wants to keep everybody safe and so doesn't go looking for awhile which slows the book down a bit but allows the reader to read about some good sex and even better food descriptions. Once Jade realizes she's going to have to take out the rabid koala the action moves fast until the end. I was worried that this was going to be the end of the series but from what I read it seems like there has to be more - hopefully with a spiced up love life (I think Warren is a bit dull, I really wish she'd hook-up with Kett, he'd keep her hopping) and some more challenges.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lou Fillari

    This was an enjoyable read. Exciting, violent and fun. And I'm pleased with where the story is going. No more dumb hidden instruments of assassination. This was an enjoyable read. Exciting, violent and fun. And I'm pleased with where the story is going. No more dumb hidden instruments of assassination.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    4.5 Stars... This book was a big improvement over the last one in this series... The storytelling was clear and focused; the overall storyline is starting to take shape and the characters are settling into their roles and personalities... The presence of Jade's insecurities and immaturity still occurred, but I found it more tolerable... I am still wanting those character choices to disappear altogether... The relationship between Jade and Warner seemed more believable in this read, and I appreci 4.5 Stars... This book was a big improvement over the last one in this series... The storytelling was clear and focused; the overall storyline is starting to take shape and the characters are settling into their roles and personalities... The presence of Jade's insecurities and immaturity still occurred, but I found it more tolerable... I am still wanting those character choices to disappear altogether... The relationship between Jade and Warner seemed more believable in this read, and I appreciated the closure presented by the author regarding Jade and Desmond... Overall, it was a thrilling read with great supernatural flare which makes me look forward to the next book in the series:)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    Alright- let's be real here. Jade was really whiny in this book. She was complaining a lot. And she's actually in a solid relationship - which I don't really like for her. At least - I don't like it for her with Warner. (Meghan - can you PLEASE let her fall in love with Kett? He's been in love with her for so long now - since the first book. And we all love him. And he's a good match for her. I just want them to be together!) So now that the negativity is out of the way - I still like Jade. I st Alright- let's be real here. Jade was really whiny in this book. She was complaining a lot. And she's actually in a solid relationship - which I don't really like for her. At least - I don't like it for her with Warner. (Meghan - can you PLEASE let her fall in love with Kett? He's been in love with her for so long now - since the first book. And we all love him. And he's a good match for her. I just want them to be together!) So now that the negativity is out of the way - I still like Jade. I still like her story. While I think the majority of this book showed her in a weak light - by the end she was KICKING ASS. I LOVED the way she came through in the very end - like a boss! And she was hilarious about it. I do worry, though, because she used the words 'Mine, mine, mine!' - similar to Shailaja, meaning maybe she got more than she bargained for at the end? I'm not sure yet. I'll be reading the next three, and waiting for them on the edge of my seat until then! I really am in love with this series and couldn't be happier to have found it! Thanks for putting the first one out as a freebie - I'd never have fallen in love without it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Emily Browne

    This is fast becoming one of my favourite series of all time. I love how bad ass Jade is. She is such a strong and brilliant main character and the book only gets stronger when you come across the rest of the team; Kandy, Kett, Scarlett, Pearl, Drake and Warner. I love them all. In this one we see Jade go after the last of the instruments of assassination. Shalaija goes after Chi Wen and we get to see the team go against her yet again. I would love for Jade to just kick her ass already. I also fe This is fast becoming one of my favourite series of all time. I love how bad ass Jade is. She is such a strong and brilliant main character and the book only gets stronger when you come across the rest of the team; Kandy, Kett, Scarlett, Pearl, Drake and Warner. I love them all. In this one we see Jade go after the last of the instruments of assassination. Shalaija goes after Chi Wen and we get to see the team go against her yet again. I would love for Jade to just kick her ass already. I also feel like there is a weird relationship between Warner and Shalaija as they knew each other back from before he was put into a sleep. So I'm looking forward to seeing how that progresses and what that means for Jade and Warner. If you've read my other reviews of this series you would know that I am team Kett and Jade all the way. Hes been there and loved her from the start. And I just want them both to be happy and together. However I also want happiness for Warner and Doidge just does this love triangle so well that by the end you no longer know who you're rooting for. I can't wait to continue on with this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This series is written as a linked set of trilogies. This is the final book in the second trilogy featuring the Dowser (the 6th book of the series). It's awesome. I loved it. I can't stop reading these books. I'm so happy I discovered Doidge. There's no need for me to discuss the plot here as it wouldn't make sense unless you've read the previous books. Start at book 1 and work your way here, also making sure to read the Oracle trilogy in the order suggested by the author - co-mingling with thes This series is written as a linked set of trilogies. This is the final book in the second trilogy featuring the Dowser (the 6th book of the series). It's awesome. I loved it. I can't stop reading these books. I'm so happy I discovered Doidge. There's no need for me to discuss the plot here as it wouldn't make sense unless you've read the previous books. Start at book 1 and work your way here, also making sure to read the Oracle trilogy in the order suggested by the author - co-mingling with these books. This is so fun, but also violent and action packed, but also so fun!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    The product placement nonsense is getting really old. Name dropping a restaurant and its entire menu?? Not unlike BTVS- the ensemble cast is more enjoyable to read than the dowser.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I have a love/hate relationship with these Dowser books. I am addicted to knowing what happens next in Jade's world, but, gah, she can be completely infuriating. That being said, I'm never going to quit this series/world. Jade is on-strike when we join her. Some time has passed since the last book and she and Warner are the making some really great progress as a couple. There's something holding them back, though, and it is the crazy, murderous woman who has some history with him. Since he could, I have a love/hate relationship with these Dowser books. I am addicted to knowing what happens next in Jade's world, but, gah, she can be completely infuriating. That being said, I'm never going to quit this series/world. Jade is on-strike when we join her. Some time has passed since the last book and she and Warner are the making some really great progress as a couple. There's something holding them back, though, and it is the crazy, murderous woman who has some history with him. Since he could, theoretically, be sent back into wherever he went last time, Jade's eager to cut his ties to his responsibility and... sigh... the crazy koala is the only one who knows how to do this. This was the start of the horribly frustrating, cringe-worthy, descent into madness. I was ready to strangle everyone involved in every decision made to ultimately ended up with a crazy koala loose in the world (again). I can't even sum up all the madness that has to happen to get to the end of this book. So much has to change, but after all the stress to get to the end, I'm pretty satisfied. This one almost broke me and I am eager to take a break with Rochelle now, please. Also, more Drake now!

  10. 4 out of 5

    E Varady

    Still not liking the MC While the plot is entertaining, Jade is beyond annoying. She stumbles around letting life happen around her and then wonders why it doesn't go her way. She knows she's a slow learning, but she's slow because she doesn't apply herself. Jade, at heart, is lazy and fearful, which makes for an unlikable character. She has emotional outbursts every few pages because she thinks everything is her fault. The ego... But then she doesn't do much of anything to be better. I also disl Still not liking the MC While the plot is entertaining, Jade is beyond annoying. She stumbles around letting life happen around her and then wonders why it doesn't go her way. She knows she's a slow learning, but she's slow because she doesn't apply herself. Jade, at heart, is lazy and fearful, which makes for an unlikable character. She has emotional outbursts every few pages because she thinks everything is her fault. The ego... But then she doesn't do much of anything to be better. I also dislike how shallow she is; she's one of those women that notices how pretty everyone is, and if they're a woman she has to tear them down so she can feel good about herself. The only one that doesn't apply to is Kandy. Jade will notice such and such is elegant, and then sneer at her for an imagined slight. What an awful way to depict women.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Betrayals and manipulations lead to "I quit " Awesome. She has been used to find 2 instruments of assassination but she refuses to find the third. However that is not acceptable to the dragons and once again she finds herself on the path to find the third. Betrayals, manipulations, the killer kid and finally imprisonment are her rewards for helping the dragons find the instruments. Not even the fact that the killer kid was after their blood will sway them. A really good read but really felt that Betrayals and manipulations lead to "I quit " Awesome. She has been used to find 2 instruments of assassination but she refuses to find the third. However that is not acceptable to the dragons and once again she finds herself on the path to find the third. Betrayals, manipulations, the killer kid and finally imprisonment are her rewards for helping the dragons find the instruments. Not even the fact that the killer kid was after their blood will sway them. A really good read but really felt that this should have been the final book in the series especially as she walks out on them with the words "I quit". You really couldn't get a better ending then that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm so glad that there is another trilogy in the works, as I'm not ready to be done with these characters. This is a great series and a really interesting universe. My only complaint is with regards to the audio narration -(view spoiler)[ I really don't like the attempted Scottish brogue used for Blackwell (hide spoiler)] . It's a small complaint, but it grates on me a little every time he shows up. So while I'd be interested in seeing him reappear in future books, I also dread it a little. I'm so glad that there is another trilogy in the works, as I'm not ready to be done with these characters. This is a great series and a really interesting universe. My only complaint is with regards to the audio narration -(view spoiler)[ I really don't like the attempted Scottish brogue used for Blackwell (hide spoiler)] . It's a small complaint, but it grates on me a little every time he shows up. So while I'd be interested in seeing him reappear in future books, I also dread it a little.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    There us waaaaay too much filler in this book I have really enjoyed this series, but I feel like endless chapters that contained nothing but boring travel info was crammed into this book and sandwiched between the beginning and end of the actual story, simply for the purpose of extending the depth of the book from novella to novel. However, take out all that filler and we have short, but decent story here. I hope there is more to this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Maddison

    Jade's transformation Jade and Warner are tasked to find the third instrument of assassination which will draw out Shialin, the rabid koala after she attacks the treasure keeper and Jade's father. This book ends on a major change and not sure what will happen to Jade and her friends. Because I have been following the author's direction in reading order, I go back to the Oracle series. It could be a while before I get back to Jade and see what happens next. Jade's transformation Jade and Warner are tasked to find the third instrument of assassination which will draw out Shialin, the rabid koala after she attacks the treasure keeper and Jade's father. This book ends on a major change and not sure what will happen to Jade and her friends. Because I have been following the author's direction in reading order, I go back to the Oracle series. It could be a while before I get back to Jade and see what happens next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee Rearden

    Dragons be deadly... Jade is pulled into another deadly assignment. The Nine are pushing her toward one outcome. The rabid koala is pushing her toward another. Through tenacity, loyalty, and love Jade just wants to get to the other side with those she loves safe and those who are threats dead. Sometimes, a girl's gotta do what a badass girl's gotta do. Dragons be deadly... Jade is pulled into another deadly assignment. The Nine are pushing her toward one outcome. The rabid koala is pushing her toward another. Through tenacity, loyalty, and love Jade just wants to get to the other side with those she loves safe and those who are threats dead. Sometimes, a girl's gotta do what a badass girl's gotta do.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janey Leaver

    Always a winner! This series of books never fails to keep me reading. All my favourite characters in one book...I'd missed Kandy. I am currently rereading them all with my purchase of the latest Dowser book. Seriously go get the first one...free on Amazon. If I could live in a book world I think this would be the one! Always a winner! This series of books never fails to keep me reading. All my favourite characters in one book...I'd missed Kandy. I am currently rereading them all with my purchase of the latest Dowser book. Seriously go get the first one...free on Amazon. If I could live in a book world I think this would be the one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam Sigelakis-Minski

    A long-awaited installment to a fun series. Jade is slowly growing as a protagonist (I still find her kind of annoying and overly brand conscious) but she is accepting her general kick assness and powers. Love all of the side characters too. My favorites are still Kandy and Kett, but as far as character growth goes, this book was al Jade and Warner.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Finally done with this series. Love the twists and not being able to anticipate what will come next, but there is a lot that I don’t care for. Writing off key characters, repeating villians with new name developed over 3 book arc...crutches

  19. 4 out of 5

    mary-kay richardson

    This Series is so good I WAS COMPELLED to read them one after another. She has a great proof reader as there were no mistakes that I found. Now I am sitting here wishing there were more of this series!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Jade heroine, baker of cupcakes, maker of trinkets, half-witch, half-dragon, dowser, alchemist and loyal friend! I have really enjoyed this Dowser series, great characters that you care about, wonderfully written, full of twist and turns. Excellent fantasy series looking forward to the next one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Curtis

    Brilliant as ever!!! I love this series and the other worlds that weave amongst it. You will not be disappointed. Books mad the other branches of the world really need to be read in order in my opinion. Cannot praise Meghan’s writing so much, already ordered the next I series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Xena Schafer

    Amazing wonderful I love this book series so much the writing is amazing and the book just takes you to this amazing world that you wish you could be a part of. I would recommend all of her books

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    My library doesn’t have the rest of this series that tends to start to feel like the slowest and longest drawn out series ever. All these seem to end on a cliffhanger. If I cared more, I’d try harder to finish the series...but since I don’t, I’m none too concerned.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    A guick break from serious reads. Good light entertainment for a lazy afternoon with hot dragon shapeshifters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jana Intermill

    Satisfying It was a satisfying addition to the series. It could stand as an ending if she should decide to let it be.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandi Faulconbridge

    Seriously. Freaking. Awesome!!! Worth staying up till after midnight to finish. The only downside??? I want more - I can't have finished it yet!!! Great series to binge read :) Seriously. Freaking. Awesome!!! Worth staying up till after midnight to finish. The only downside??? I want more - I can't have finished it yet!!! Great series to binge read :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ed Graves

    My favorite So far this one is my favorite in the series. More action, less internal monologue. Can't wait to see where this goes. Thanks. My favorite So far this one is my favorite in the series. More action, less internal monologue. Can't wait to see where this goes. Thanks.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ms Joanne Alderson

    Unputdownable These books have me gripped. I can not wait to buy the next one. Hope the series keeps going on

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leticia Vega

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Just finished. What a wallop of an ending. This series has just blown me away.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alane

    Excellent!

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