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- Mass Market Paperback : 335 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031294361X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312943615
- Dimensions : 10.54 x 2.37 x 17.07 cm
- Publisher : St Martins Pr; Original edition (2 June 2009)
- Language: : English
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The first novel in a sensational new series!
Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Petes eyesor so she thought. Now a detective[MSOffice2] , Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipsters chilling prediction has led police directly to the child but when Pete meets the informant, shes shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self. But hes able to tell Pete exactly where Bridgets kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey. Even though shes spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridgetand what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago
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Review first published on Secret-Paths: http://about-books.secret-paths.com/?p=60
I got the first book in the series, and boiled through the whole set in three days. I don't think I've ever done that with six books before.
Interesting characters, well done. A really strong and sound female hero, and a less-than-perfect,-tortured male hero who didn't want me make to kick his a$$. Good ancillary characters.
Good plots, lots of action, lots of twists, lots of opportunities to watch the lead characters navigate complications, and to watch how the ancillaries advanced or impeded plots.
No unrealistically-happy endings, but satisfactory and satisfying.
It's interesting for me, as an observer in the world rather than an actor, to see how many books and movies over the last few years have been based in "the apocalypse (of some sort) is coming, here's one way it might play out". This is of course not (one hopes) a reality-grounded series, but better done than many of the others out there.
I almost never give four stars to fiction, so it's clear that this one impressed me.
It's a shame, the premise is good and although Jack isn't very likable in the beginning I appreciated that this wasn't the usual UF written by female authors featuring a gorgeous, buff hero with loaded sexual tension between the protags (nothing wrong in this, I'm a big fan of Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs) It was good to read something a little different. Jack is a heroin addict, not pretty at all, he's weedy, a bit of a pig but very funny.
Would I read the second one? hmm...not unless the dialect has been improved I'm afraid.
Before I go on about the story, I have to vent about the failed attempts so make this sound British. I’m not English, but I spend enough time in London to know that people there don’t talk like that. Ever. Except when exaggerating to show stereotypes. Believe me, in all those years I’ve been talking to BE native speakers, not once has anyone ended a sentence with „luv“ (let alone nearly every sentence). Then the swearing that sounds like kids trying to be cool and still doing it totally wrong. And last not least, there’s stuff that is just badly researched, like having Pete describe Jack‘s height being 3,50 meter (which would be 11ft5...). As I said, I’m not a BE native speaker, yet it all sounded like a parody even to me. And that distracted me to the point that I had problems concentrating on the plot.
And the plot had its moments. The first half dragged a bit, but that is something I can forgive in a first book of a series. But the second half became rather gripping and I liked the world building, the magical London, called the Black that lies just beneath the one we mundanes know. The action was good after the first half and that there were finally some much needed answers to crucial questions. But overall, the plot’s good parts were not enough to keep me going on with the series. I already told you about the distracting language and I had problems connecting to Pete (although things are told from her POV, I never really got to know her) and Jack is... well, I’m not a fan of the „bad guy that has to have something akin to a heart anywhere, we just haven’t found it“. So I’m out.
The major fault in this series is that the author is obviously an American writing about Britain. She makes valiant, even loving, attempts to ground her characters in British culture, but without being British that is surprisingly difficult. There are flaws in syntax and in cultural references that niggled at me horrendously. Unfortunately, this also affects the characters because their 'voices' often slip.
Nevertheless, the story does overcome these niggles and the characters, although fairly simple, develop a certain depth. This is helped because, as pointed out above, the author is not afraid to leave things unsaid and let the shadows do the work.