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BURNING WATER [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey
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June 8 1993
A sexy witch who writes romances and a police detective who sees more than mortal man team up to battle an ancient Aztec god!

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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"Fresh and original."
--Marion Zimmer Bradley on Children of the Night
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey began writing fiction while working for American Airlines. In addition to her many novels, she has written lyrics for and recorded several albums of fiction folk songs, which have been distributed through Firebird Arts & Music. Lackey's longest-running series, beginning with Arrows of the Queen, details the adventures of the Heralds of Valdemar. Lackey's other series include Bardic Voices; the Elementals; the Halfblood Chronicles (first volume: The Elvenbane); Elves on the Road, which includes Tor's Burning Water and its sequels; and the Obsidian Trilogy, also published by Tor, which begins with The Outstretched Shadow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars bad...and no Andre. June 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, you should know that this is NOT the first book in the series.
Second be prepared for a depressing ending, like the prequel CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, this is a book that I feel that if one only read the good parts( though far fewer than in the prequel) and made up a new ending it could be a decent book. This seems to be a copy of the first, only washed out, gorier , and devoid of Andre LaBrell, the only redeeming charter in the whole set of stories. Okay, so I'm a vampire freak, shoot me.
Anyway... the story is that Diana tregard is called to help a cop try to stop a series of slaughters and ritual sacrifices, and at the same time trying to save her own life from the evil god trying to kill her and steal her power. All in all, I must say that I really didn't care for it, and that I was messed up for weeks after. If you must read this book, I strongly advise you to get it from a library. CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT was a better story, but it had a very, very, bad ending in my opinion, so it kind of balances out. Haven't read jinx high, but it most likely has a similar plot.
Yuck!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant Tregarde Oct. 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A few flaws cause some problems in this book, but on the whole it is very good.
Diana Tregarde is a great character, and so is Mark Valdez. Both are fleshed out well in various vignettes unrelated to the investigation of the crime.
The problems I mentioned are problems of competency. Nobody seems to realize that pulling a heart from a body, in the southwest, could possibly be related to well known Aztec ceremonies where that happened. I studied that ceremony in grade 6. Ok, Diana was kept of the trail by spellcraft, but surely somebody else would have figured it out. The villains as well are not overly competent, luckily for Diana and Mark. When told to send a warning to Diana by taking down someone close to her, a minor character she saw once before and didn't like was taken down. As if the author didn't even want a peripheral friend of Diana's to be hurt.
Those problems aside, the plot flows well and it keeps your interest despite the fact that as the reader you know who is doing what. Mark and Diana are both wonderfully sympathetic, attractive characters and the fact that they have to struggle to figure this out is a small plus. The shadowy world of psychics, mediums, wiccans and pagans is also shown well, and the supporting cast is reasonably well defined, though somewhat cliched.
Diana had great potential, I look forward to the next two books and it is a shame she quit writing them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep in the Hearts of Texas March 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I took this book and it's sequel, 'Children of the Night,' down off my shelves while doing some research and decided it would be interesting to reread them. There is a third book, 'Jinx High.' in the Diana Tregarde series, but I have never read it. While these books are very representative of Mercedes Lackey's early, and not quite polished, writing style, the are interesting, and the heroine is a strong independent woman in a time where this was still a bit exceptional. Since these were originally billed as young adult reading material, their influence is more significant than one might initially guess.
The plot turns around the Aztec theme of the return of a god, in this case Tezcatlipoca, the god of war, and a very unpleasant character. He has possessed a local resident and plans to keep killing until his power has returned. Mark Valdez, a Fort Worth detective is involved in a the murder investigation where one gruesome killing follows another. Mark is a sensitive who used to work with Diana when they were in college, and can feel that there is more to the killings than just a serial killer. He manages to convince his boss to bring in Diana as a consultant.
Diana is a Wiccan practitioner who has taken to heart the role of warrior/protector. A powerful witch, she is dedicated to exposing the false and undoing the evil. An intelligent and beautiful woman, she makes her living writing romances (when there are no wrongs to be righted). In this case, there is plenty of wrong, victims are drowned, skinned and de-hearted with depressing regularity, and Diana and Mike are unable to trace the crimes to a probable perpetrator. Diana is completely stymied for most of the book, unable to even identify the tradition behind the murderous sacrifices.
If Diana is stuck, we are not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Water Feb. 27 2001
By Siobhan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mercedes Lackey really outdid herself here. This book is about detective Mark Valdez, in Texas, who comes across a dangerous criminal that the papers are calling the "Texas Ripper". He calls in Di Tregarde for help. She arrives and stays at his aunt's house. After many trials and dead ends, and not a few dead bodies, Di and Mark discover that the so-called "ripper" is an ancient Aztec god inhabiting the body of Mark's best friend, Robert Fernandez. They arrive at Rob's apartment just in time to save Robert's wife, Sherry, from a gruesome sacrifice to the god (Tezcatlipoca). Fortunately, Mark is unusually receptive to outside forces taking over his body, so when Di calls in Tezcatlipoca's ancient enemy, Quetzalcoatl, Quetzalcoatl has a place to go. Psychic shootout scene, Tezcatlipoca flees, Sherry breaks down, the police find Rob sacrificed, the killing ceases, practically everyone goes home happy. Oh, but don't I wish Misty had written more Di Tregardes! These are her best books! Unfortunately, she's not writing any more, and the first book in the trilogy is out of print, so we can only get our hands on the second two. Too bad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storytelling!
This is one of my favourite stories by one of my favourite authors. I love the use of Aztec mythology in this paranormal mystery. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
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Urban fantasy and Mercedes Lackey. These are two things I thought I would never see together. Mercedes Lackey is an incredibly talented writer and has proven that she can write... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bootsy Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars A good example of how the times have changed, whether you notice it or...
Mercedes Lackey admitted to writing the Diana Tregarde books because paranormal investigations were big at the time and she had no problem with making a little cash by playing the... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2010 by Ria (Bibliotropic)
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a three and a half
The Diana Tregarde books are recommended by amazon for people who have read the Anita Blake series. Burning Water is entertaining but much less vivid than the Blake books, most... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Moe811
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointing.
Plot premise: There's an evil force loose in Dallas, Texas. Detective Mark Valdez calls in the paranormal troops, in the form of his old friend Diana. Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by Rebekah Sue Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Suspense, But Not The Best of the Tregarde Novels
Mercedes Lackey penned three novel featuring heroine Diana Tregarde. All three are very good, but this one is a little bit weak by comparison. Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by Sharon E. Cathcart
4.0 out of 5 stars Occult Mind Candy
Wicca is one of the fastest growing religions in America today. Here's a fun read between casting spells and attending esbats. Read more
Published on April 13 2001 by Elderbear
5.0 out of 5 stars What the rest of you have missed...
Burning Water was my introduction to Mercedes Lackey - I regret that no more books will be written in this series(according to some sources). Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I found this book really entertaining, and have read this book so much that the cover has fallen apart on me. Read more
Published on Dec 22 1999 by ladyharmonixer
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