From Publishers Weekly
Gay debuts with this captivating urban fantasy. Thirteen years ago, mankind officially recognized the existence of paradisiacal Elysia and hellish Charbydon, and the multitude of mythical beings inhabiting them. Now Atlanta is a crossroads for all sorts of creatures, and the Integration Task Force keeps tabs on them all. Recently resurrected single mom Charlie Madigan juggles her personal life with her career as an ITF officer, searching for the source of a deadly narcotic called ash
. When her family and friends are caught in the middle of her investigation, Charlie discovers powers she never knew, and a destiny that could destroy the entire world. How far will she go to save her child and her city? Intricate world-building and richly complex characters mix with a fast-paced plot to create a standout start to a new series. (Dec.)
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In an eventful eight months, Atlanta Integration Task Force detective Charlie Madigan discovered her husband’s addiction to dark magic, was killed and brought back to life, got divorced, and then found her nights tormented by horrendous nightmares. Throughout, she maintained her fierce protection of daughter Emma, 11. After the Revelation, when Titus Mott discovered the parallel worlds of Elysia and Charbydon, beings from them have flocked to Atlanta. Partnered with gorgeous Elysian siren Hank Williams, she’s on a case involving a new drug of unearthly origin that’s putting people in terminal comas. This gritty urban fantasy, full of beings seemingly escaped from Heaven and Hell, is extraordinary. --Diana Tixier Herald