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Book 4 of 4 in the Shadows Inquiries Series

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“Benedict has a gift for intertwining the fantastic with the mundane.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

About the Author

Lyn Benedict is the author of the Shadows Inquiries novels, among them Gods & Monsters and Ghosts & Echoes.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Shadows Inquiries Novel (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937007502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007508
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on April 28, 2012
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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

It was such a treat to be back in the Shadows Inquiries world, and LIES AND OMENS doesn't waste a single page before ramping up the action. Almost invisibly, Benedict intertwined gentle reminders about Sylvie's past without slowing down the current events one bit (though new readers should definitely put in the time to read prior books). By the time Sylvie was clinched in what is the absolute best shower scene I've ever read, I knew I was going to gulp this book down in one sitting (and I was right).

Above and beyond a killer first act, the entire book is infused with Benedict's knack for appealing darkness. None of the loose ends from prior books are swept under the rug, but these difficult, heart-wrenching relationships are saved from any hint of drama by Sylvie's clear-eyed emotional bravery. In general, I do not like angry characters, yet Sylvie's brand of rage is transmuted into something gorgeous. Her intransigence becomes more and more important as the line between "friend" and "monster" blurs. Whether it's something as small as mentioning the bitter taste of soap in a sex scene or acknowledging the devastating consequences of past victories, Benedict brings a gritty reality to her urban fantasy that I find absolutely irresistible.

Despite the shotgun start, LIES AND OMENS did have a lull in the action two thirds of the way through. However, that slight pause soon swept away to a climactic finish. Benedict managed a difficult feat for a mid-series ending, offering a resolution that was satisfying for her characters while still lighting the fuse on fantastic possibilities for future books. LIES AND OMENS was #10 on my Top 12 for 2012 list, and as quickly as I've finished it, I'm already penciling in a spot for Shadows Inquiries #5 on this year's new list.

Sexual Content: A sex scene.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 24, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Recently some of the Magicus Mundi otherworldly creatures have assaulted offices of the Internal Surveillance and Investigation government agency. The stunner is that the attacks have been coordinated in group waves as these monsters are notorious loners. The ISI agents and the Magnus Mundi are in mortal and immortal combat.

Though Miami based private investigator Sylvie Lightner is the first choice of those needing sleuthing amidst the Magicus Mundi in crowd, this is not her fight especially after what she recently caused in her city. Sylvie's neutrality in the ISI Magicus Mundi war changes when the latter threatens people she cherishes. With close allies, Sylvie, using her sorceress powers, searches for the diabolical genius who has consolidated the Magicus Mundi monsters into a cohesive fighting machine.

The latest Shadows Inquiries urban fantasy is an exciting action-packed thriller. Fast-paced, the protagonist remains an interesting lead character although her powers have grown immensely. Less detecting and more superhero than the previous entries (See Gods and Monsters, and Ghosts & Echoes), fans will enjoy Sylvie Lightner investigator of the paranormal.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fantasy Investigations on May 1, 2012
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The Shadow Inquiries series continued with plenty of action, frustrating romance and otherworldly type creatures aplenty. Sylvie once again has to save humanity from the magical world and those hell bent on destroying the ISI with no care who falls into their path.

Sylvie is kick ass, loyal and full of surprises. We continue to get a peek into what being the New Lilith entails for Sylvie while continuing to keep us (and her for that matter) in the dark. We get a hot and sexy shower reunion scene between Sylvie and Demalion. I'm really not sure what my feelings are towards Marah, I honestly can not tell what her motives are and who's side she is on. Erinya brings lots of excitement to the series but she is a bit out of control now that she is a god and I cant imagine what she will do next or how Sylvie will deal with it.

I really liked how LIES & OMENS ended. It felt like all the key players are finally on the same side in the same fight. There is a great lead up to book 5 worked in. I wont be missing a release in this series anytime soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson VINE VOICE on August 7, 2012
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A total rush, building suspense from beginning to an explosive endgame. Monster confrontations and revelations on the mysterious ISI and it's black ops style of taking magical creatures as weapons against divided factions within it's own ranks. Various magical interests have infiltrated the ISI and it's a shadow war between paranoid humans, deadly monsters and Sylvie has only her determination, plus a few heavy weight allies who are a bit on the unstable side (yes our favorite fury is back and she's had the deluxe power upgrade! uh oh!)to put an end to the Machiavellian acts that are taking huge civilian tolls.

A major memory erasure spell that keeps the world at large ignorant of the magic predators that hunt among them is one of Sylvie's prime targets as she tries to unravel coverups and who is behind the open and organized slaughter of ISI bases across the US. With all the increased magical activity, humans are dropping like flies as their minds are over written with mundane interpretations of magical events and confrontations. The strain of having their memory constantly rewritten is stroking out the weaker humans and putting serious stress on the survivors on many levels.

Sylvie's best friend Alex is taking repeating heavy hits as her mind and memory is taking constant and destructive attacks, her sister Zoe gets grabbed by the ISI, and her client Lupe is turning into a god cursed monster and her humanity is melting away rapidly. Sylvie has her hands full, and her gun loaded for supernatural bear. Lots of clever twists and turns and white water rapids action keep the story going at break neck speed.

I really love this series and this book (number 4 in the series) is another great addition.
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