Ancient Magic is the first book in the Dragon's Gift: The Huntress series by Linsey Hall. Cass Clereaux is good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third because she has to be. She and her sisters are FireSouls, those unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon’s soul. Being born with the dragon’s covetousness should be a sweet gig, but it doesn’t come without a price. Stealing powers requires that I kill, and others would destroy me if they discover what I am. In a world full of magic, hiding my species is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only way to pay the bills. It’s a dangerous job when you can barely use your magic, but that’s one of the things I like about it. When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hires her to find an ancient scroll,she does not have a choice. The scroll reveals what she is, and if anyone finds out her and her sisters are dead.
Ancient Magic is a book that trusts you into the world abruptly and with no apologies. In the opening we met out trio and figure out that they are unique, have cool powers, and no memories. Flash forward to them as adults and making their way in the world while trying to keep a low profile but still satisfy their dragon-like desire for treasure. They make money by finding magical artifacts and selling the magical portion of them. A not so smooth search leads trouble to their door, and the wealthy Aidan. Apparently everyone is looking for the same school, for different reasons, and few of them good. The action and sparks are high and Aidan and Cass are pretty well fleshed out as characters. My only disappointment is that we did not get a good amount of time with Nix or Del (Cass’s sisters) or some of the important secondary characters that I fully expect to see again in future books. I am hoping the other four books in this series will give readers that deeper understanding and growth of all the characters.