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Product Details

  • Series: Diana Tregarde Investigation (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313195
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Jinx High:
 
"An occult fantasy/mystery sure to grab the teenage crowd!  The teenage characters, love triangles, and action will hook the reader immediately."--Booklist 
 
"A refreshing blend of contemporary fantasy and horror."--Science Fiction Chronicle
 
"Quite good fun."--Interzone
 
"Lackey injects a shot of terror into every scene."--VOYA
 
Praise for the Diana Tregarde Investigations:
 "Mercedes Lackey's work is as sharp--and as scary--as the suddenly revealed fang of a vampire.  She'll keep you up long past your bedtime." --Stephen King
 
"Diana Tregarde is intelligent and resourceful--with a most charming and unusual associate."--C. J. Cherryh on Children of the Night
 
"A very enjoyable thriller with a sense of humor."--Locus on Children of the Night
 
"Diana has a wry, practical sense of humor.  Anyone who likes their supernatural yarns laced with intelligence will find this novel more than satisfying."--Dragon magazine on Burning Water
 
"I loved Children of the Night.  It's a delight to know that a writer whose work I've loved all along has written something so fresh and original."--Marion Zimmer Bradley


"An occult fantasy/mystery sure to grab the teenage crowd! The teenage characters, love triangles, and action will hook the reader immediately."
(Booklist)

"Quite good fun."
(Interzone)

"A refreshing blend of contemporary fantasy and horror."
(Science Fiction Chronicle)

"Lackey injects a shot of terror into every scene."
(VOYA)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenyx and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist’s model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.

More About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

Customer Reviews

This is the best of Urban Fantasy.
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Interesting plot, good characters, a quick read.
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Magic in a real world setting - I like it!
Azadi

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 27, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third and last of Mercedes Lackey's stories about Diana Tregarde. Diana is a Guardian, a witch/sorcerer trained to oppose those who misuse Magick and the creatures that serve them. This time Diana has been asked to come to a small suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma by an old friend, Larry Kestrel. Ostensibly, Diana is there to teach a short course in the practical side of professional writing, but Larry wants here to look into premonitions he is having about a threat to his son, Derek.
While there is no apparent danger to the boy, he has been mixing with a wild crowd, led by Fay Harper. If bad mojo does not get him, his lifestyle just might. In any case, what Diana realizes right away is that the real problem is that there isn't any problem. Tulsa sits in the middle of a nulls zone where nothing sends out mystical signals, and not even tornadoes show up to disturb the ether. When she checks with other guardians in the area, she discovers that there are legends of something very powerful lying asleep below the city. Something that nothing in its right mind would ever choose to wake up.
No sooner does Diana start to settle into her role, when the apparent quiet is disturbed by several severe magical attacks on Monica Carlin, a new girl at the high school. The attacks are sudden, too swift for Diana to pinpoint. And they are strong, the world of a mature, skilled sorcerer. This is the rub. Unlike Diana, the reader knows from the beginning that Fay Harper is the sorcerer, who disguises her age by jumping from her body to her daughter's every 30 years. Diana's struggles to identify this source of magic before it wakes the sleeper are limited by her inability to accept a teenager as a master sorcerer.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Hood VINE VOICE on October 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having really enjoyed the first two Tregarde books, this one was a great disappointment that I had several problems with. As the series was stopped here, it went out on a low point.
The biggest problem by far is that Diana is a secondary character in her own book. Of 300 pages I doubt she got 100 of them. Even when she is "on-screen" she's overshadowed by the high school students. The true main characters are the high school students, spoiled, self-centred, shallow and mean-spirited high school students. Even the ones who are made out to be the good kids eventually show their darker side, and do so after the evil has been vanquished.
As well, possibly due to her lack of being the main character Diana does not seem to be the same as she was previously. This new catch phrase "Jesus Cluny Frog", where the heck did that come from? As well she no longer seemed to be the caring Guardian she was before. She also lacks even the limited forensic skills she showed in previous books. She was never an ace investigator, but at least she tried in the other two books. Here she decides the villain must be an adult, and can't find one so she shields a couple students and then waits for the villain to reveal herself. Somebody with a special investigator card from the police, and a friend in Det. Mark Valdez should have better skills than the reactive wait for the villain to reveal herself while she causes more harm.
It was nice to see Mark Valdez again. Unfortunately he does nothing. He chauffeurs Diana and then waits in a barn. Literally. As well, the sub-plot of the goddess under Tulsa goes out with a whimper, never really happens.
The villainess is easily the best thing about the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on December 29, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the end-cap of the Diana Tregarde trilogy, where Diana has to come to Jenks, OK (a suburb of Tulsa) to teach an honors English class - and try to figure out why her friend Larry Kestrel has been having premonitions of danger about his son. As it turns out, Deke has fallen into the clutches of an ancient sorcerer who has been taking the bodies of her daughters for over 300 years in order to basically make herself young and beautiful forever. Also on the line is Monica, a new arrival to Jenks High, whom Fay (the current incarnation of the sorcerer) has set her sights on as a rival for Deke, and possibly a rival power (since Monica has some minor psi potential). Frustratingly, the ending of the book leaves things open for more Diana Tregarde investigations, but it has been over a decade (almost two) since this final book was written, so I don't think we will be seeing anymore. Grab it if you can - it's a great read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Musumeci on May 27, 2001
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A fast-paced novel based in Oklahoma of a ancient witch who steals the bodies of her daughters to live in, then uses them up to breed the next generation. This book demonstrates exactly how hormone-driven young men *can* be if they allow themselves to think with their "little heads" and indulge in substance abuse.
Intense magical descriptions, with a fascinating twist at the end that I'd love to see Ms. Lackey follow up on in another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Azadi on June 19, 2014
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Magic in a real world setting - I like it! I just discovered these on Kindle and I'm planning to read them all. I like the strong female characters and the detective-esque stories, mixed with supernatural bad guys.
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