At first I found the books rather slow going and traditional in the story-line, but the first book picked up sharply when the Brothers arrived and tried to burn Stella, but Etoile nipped in and saved her. Stella was a weirdo around whom strange accidents happened. A lonely child who was orphaned at an early age and who had never made friends. Due to a lack of money she had not been able to afford any training or further education and thus had left school early to enter minimum paid, low skilled, temporary clerical work. She never settled at any job and thus never really progressed. Her rescue by Etoile opened her life up to a new world of supernatural beings living alongside ordinary humans. To her surprise she found that there were werewolves, witches, shape-shifters, vampires and demons, all living in the ‘normal’ world, holding down ordinary jobs, owning houses, and apparently no different from anyone else unless you knew. Magic thus entered Stella’s world, and Books 2-5 detail her love affairs; her heartbreak; her development of her powers; the deadly political and power games that were played out amongst these supernatural beings; and the story of her family and what really happened to them. Book 5 leaves you with a horrific cliff-hanger, so be prepared to purchase Book 6 AS SOON AS IT IS PUBLISHED. As the storyline developed and became more complex, with many players and plots, I became increasingly interested in finding out what happens. It is clear that the author’s story-telling skills have developed as she write the series, as each book is better than the last.