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Burning Water [Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey
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Dec 23 2004 Tor Horror (Book 1)
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

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenyx and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist’s model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 fads. I'm glad that she did, because although the series isn't fantastic, it's still very entertaining to read through. In this one, Diana is called upon to help with a police investigation of a serial murder, and ends up getting tangled up in the middle of a plot to resurrect ancient Aztec gods into modern-day (or relatively modern, at least) Dallas.

I admit, it's a little disconcerting to read Burning Water and seeing the remarkably un-PC language used throughout. References to "Indians", "krauts", and "gypsies" are littered through the pages, terms which people don't tend to use anymore unless they want to get glared at on the street and called ignorant. Sometimes I had to make myself take a step back and remember that this was all written before PC language was really coming into its heyday, and such terms, while not perfectly acceptable, were still in more common use, and so in context, it's not that unusual to see them mentioned.

That being said, the attitude towards paganism as a relgion as expressed in the novel is rather ahead of its time, given that even today, 20 years later, some people still don't have that level of understanding when it comes to non-Abrahamic religions. The idea that there's no one true way seems to be a common theme in Lackey's work, though, and so it was no surprise to see it echoed here.

The writing style is still very early-Lackey, lacking some of the polish she attained with more practice, though it still shows a lot of promise of what's to come, all the good bits that I like about her writing.
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really a three and a half Dec 9 2003
By Moe811
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 obviously Obsidian Butterfly. The story line is very good with lots of action but the characters tend to be a little one dimensional with too many references to past events with no explanations. A good book but not on the level of LKH.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant Tregarde Oct. 14 2003
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointing. March 22 2003
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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. Diana supplements her Wiccan work with a lucrative career in writing romance novels.
The force terrorizing Dallas is an Aztec God, sacrificing to add to his power supply, basically.
There were many areas where the plot could have been fleshed out, and wasn't; there were areas in which the amount of detail given was of no relevance. I finished the book because it came highly recommended; however, I was glad that it was borrowed and not purchased. New, it wouldn't have been worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep in the Hearts of Texas
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. Read more
Published on March 25 2002 by Marc Ruby™
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 20 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 Burning Water
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by Siobhan
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 23 1999 by ladyharmonixer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos!
As a fellow Okie, I applaud you for a job well done!I've never enjoyed a book so full of thrills and chills!
Published on July 16 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Diana Tregarde Investigations are awesome!!!
Diana Tregarde seems to be a similar type of heroine to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake. Diana is a petite witch with a lot of power. Read more
Published on April 30 1999
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