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Curse The Dark (Retrievers, Book 2) Paperback – July 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373802277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373802272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Do you believe in magic? You will when Gilman's done with you." -- Edgar Award-winning author Dana Stabenow

"Gilman's spin on modern 'techo magic' is fantastic; sharply defined and endlessly entertaining . . . I couldn't put this one down." -- Lynn Flewelling, bestselling author of The Bone Doll's Twin

"What's a girl to do now that Buffy's been canceled? Read Laura Anne Gilman, of course!" -- Rosemary Edghill, author of Met by Moonlight

About the Author

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the “Retrievers” and “Paranormal Scene Investigations” series), a YA trilogy for HarperCollins, and numerous works of short fiction. She also writes paranormal romances for Nocturne as Anna Leonard, and her e-book novella Dreamcatcher was released in August 2008.  A former executive editor at NAL, Laura Anne is an amateur chef, oenophile, and cat-servant.  She lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions. 

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I highly recommend this series if you enjoy Jim Butcher,and Laurell K.Hamilton.
R. Hoover
There was so much time spent just trying to describe and explain the many different intricacies of her characters' world, that the flow of the book suffered.
Radmom
Perhaps this book could stand alone, but it is much easier to follow if you've read the first novel in the series.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Last year, "Staying Dead" got a 5-star rating. I thought it was an excellent fantasy novel with an interesting romance angle thrown in. In her second book, Laura Ann Gilman isn't making either the fantasy or the romance angles work that well for me.

The concept: Wren is a Retriever. Basically, she goes and steals back items that are taken by others. Sergei is her manager/partner. He's in his 40's, about 20 years older than she. They're in love, though neither is actively acknowledging it til this novel.

"Curse the Dark" sends the two of them after stolen Catholic Church relics. We get a better explanation than the initial one about the 'CosaNostradamus' the organization that controls mages and the 'Silence' the organization that makes sure the 'Cosa' is on the up-and-up.

"Curse the Dark" crosses a few more barriers than "Staying Dead" by introducing a mystery line--just what are the relics, what do they mean, and why are they protected so strongly against mages? And, finally, who but a mage could steal them? Gilman's good at setting up mystery, but her explanations are somewhat muddy.

"Curse" answers a few of the questions I had from "Staying Dead" but doesn't leave me looking forward to the sequel or as excited about new-author Gilman as I previously was.

I'm not sure I will read #3 next year. Will definitely have to sit down and make sure I can get through the first chapter or two before I commit to it. Feels as though Gilman is trying to please too many audiences at once and not doing very well at any of it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Hoover on October 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just happened to find this book at my local book store and what a great read. I could'nt find the first book of this series,but Laura blended both books so well together that I felt that I diddn't miss anything. Sergie and Wren are so great together that it was a joy just to see their reactions together. Also enjoyed how the electric current worked so well with the magic. Will have to someday pick up Staying Dead,but eagerly awaiting the next Retriever Novel. I highly recommend this series if you enjoy Jim Butcher,and Laurell K.Hamilton. Enjoyed it Laura,hurry up and finish the next book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By moria2 on September 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Curse the Dark is the second of the Retriever novels. The is the review of the trade paperback. Wren and Sergei are trying to figure out their personnel and professional lives. Since their last job, work has been falling off. Wren esp. needs some cash, so they jump at a chance to go to Italy and investigate the disappearance of an artifact for the mysterious Silence organization. The trip to Italy is short, a bit of a shame. However, the artifact and the guardians of the artifact are engaging. The political wrangling within the Silence is interesting as well. In chapter 15, the book starts to unravel or at least I started to loose interest. Here are two reasons:

1) On page 271, the author has a character say something that is completely against everything the character has done in the first book and the first 270 pages of this book for a little cheep complex. I but the book down and didn't pick it back up for a week. It completely turned me off to the story. I always feel a little betrayed when authors do this. Like we won't notice!
2)*****Possible Spoiler****The author also wastes a character that I hadn't formed an attachment to yet. So, the death, which is treated as pivotal, didn't mean much because I hadn't become involved with them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Davidson on August 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed "Staying Dead." "Curse the Dark" was much more fractured and confusing. The story isn't nearly as intense, and the actions of the characters didn't make as much sense. It seems as though not much really happened until the end of the story.

"Staying Dead" grabbed me from the first pages. "Curse the Dark" felt like an obligatory read. I had read the first one, therefore, I had to read the second. It wasn't from enjoyment that I finished it. There wasn't any true "whodunit" that had to be solved, and the climax wasn't satisfying to me.

I enjoy Laura Anne Gilman's writing style, and so will look for the third story. I know this author can write a really good story, since she's proven it in the debut novel. I hope she finds that same spark for the third in the series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on January 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Lonejack 'Wren' Valere uses her thieving skills plus her magic talent as a specialist in retrieval. Although the Council is cracking down on lonejacks in general and on Wren in particular, there's always a demand for someone who can track down and retrieve the truly valuable, or highly dangerous. What isn't completely clear is which category this latest job falls into.

Together with her partner, Sergei (Sergei is a business partner but there is also a strong chemistry that just might explode at any moment) Wren heads to Italy where a mysterious document has vanished. The document is especially mysterious because no one has ever read it. No one, that is, who's survived to tell of the experince. In Italy, Wren and Sergei learn that their employers for the job, The Silence, doesn't have a clue what they sent them into.

Back in New York, Wren and Sergei explore their relationship and confront both human and non-human magic. Someone, or something, is stirring things up.

Author Laura Anne Gilman creates an interesting take on the urban fantasy. Magic is related to electricity and Wren's love/hate with all things electric is one of the most clever and amusing parts of the story. The Sergei/Wren relationship works, with plentyof chemistry and lots of deep-seated issues. I thougt Gilman fell a bit short on the actual adventure. Wren reacted through the entire story rather than really grabbing control. Surely, once she knew the manuscript was in the library, she should have acted rather than waited for it to grow stronger. Gilman ends the novel with a preview that plenty more danger and possibly romance is in store for our daring duo.
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